I have been a runner (on and off) since junior high school, when my mom said that I had to participate in a sport, and since I’m deathly afraid of any sports involving balls, I joined the cross country team. After running both cross country and track in high school, I only ran a little for “fun” in college (this running mostly consisted of my friend, Katie, and I, running a mile to the local Dairy Queen, getting ice cream, and then walking home). I ran a 5K race here and there, but didn’t truly get back into running until 2006 when I decided that if Oprah can run a marathon, so can I. Since then, I’ve run a marathon, a few half marathons, and multiple trail runs, 5Ks, and 10Ks. A little over a year ago, though, I got engaged, and instead of committing to a gym routine like all good brides should do, I shunned the gym and focused all of my energy on wedding planning (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!). After we got married, my husband took a new job that requires him to get up at 4am. Yes, 4am. It’s nuts, I tell you! Anyway, I figured that if my husband can get up in the middle of the night (hey, it’s my middle of the night, still!), then I can get up early (of course, not as early as him!) and go to the gym every weekday morning. So…since October 2011, I have gone to the gym every single working day. No excuses. No missed days. I’m there. I alternate running, doing the elliptical set at a high incline and a high resistance, and sweating like crazy on the Stairmaster.
And, just in case you were wondering: I haven’t lost one single pound. I feel like my heart and lungs are in shape now and I think that my body looks good – but the scale is not validating any of my good feelings about working out. Whatever. Scales are stupid. I honestly don’t really care about my weight anyways – I just want to feel good/healthy, fit into my clothes, and be in great shape for myself and for if/when, in the distant future, I get pregnant.
Anyway…at the beginning of 2012, I started to get a little bored with my gym routine. I needed a goal. So, I signed up for the Orangeman Running Series – a local 5K trail run, 10K trail run, and half marathon. Last Sunday, I ran in the San Juan Hills 5K trail run and I was honestly surprised to feel so good during the race and finish in 29:56 (this is slower than my normal 5K time, but that’s to be expected since this was a trail run and contained some pretty steep hills). My wonderful hubby and sweet doggie cheered me on and took pictures of me making really ugly faces while running. I certainly am not one of those pretty, bouncy, cheerful-looking runners – yikes!