I hate running. I have always hated running and I still hate it and I’m not sure if I’ll hate it forever but it sure feels like it. Urgh.
Here’s the thing: I played a lot of sports growing up – I was involved in basketball most of my life, kickboxing, and then tennis when I got into high school. There was running involved but not nearly as much as say, soccer or track. There was a reason I was a power forward and not a guard. There was a reason I played doubles instead of singles. There was a reason I liked to punch and kick the sh*t out of things. I was powerful and athletic – just not a runner.
Lately I’ve been focusing hard on my health. I have 8 months (my 25th birthday) to reach a goal and frankly I’ve been slacking majorly (especially after two weekends in a row filled with WAY too much drinking. Bad B.!).
My friend and her boyfriend started the Couch to 5k program and it’s been inspiring to see how dedicated they are and how flawlessly they’ve been completing it. That mixed with hearing about you all in the blogosphere running your 5k’s and I’ve got more inspiration to follow.
Frankly, Warrior Dash is coming up way too soon for me to be comfortable, and the Color Run isn’t coming back to Seattle for another year so I had to turn to the internet to find what out there would suit me. After looking up some Seattle 5ks, I found one that I felt gave me plenty of time to train while also looked fun. Run Scared!
Run Scared is an annual Halloween themed 5k benefiting the leukemia and lymphoma society. You dress up and run your 5k for the cause. The end of October is plenty of time for me to feel comfortable running a 5k, right?? Right. I can do it. And to make myself do it I’ve committed to it with my friend. Running all the way!!
I’m sure I’ll be sharing with you my progress, problems, and victories along the way to completing something in all of my life that I’ve never done. I know you’re all rooting for me!
Do any of you have any running success stories? Do you love it or hate it as much as me? Any tips? Let me know!