All the experts say you got to have goals to work towards so you don't forget off track or forget why you are torturing yourself to fit into a size 6 jeans. Since I feel like I've been faking it as a runner and "athlete" I figured what's more faking in 2011 until I stop getting embarrassed when someone classifies me as runner.
So why do all this? First, I am not bad at running. I don't think anyone is bad at running. But I don't hate running like my lovely husband. Also, running is an activity that speaks to a frugal woman like myself. You don't have to spend much to get results. Mainly, I like to run because after a run, I always am more calm and feel better mentally about myself. Cheap therapy. Last but not least, I want to share my running with my boys and be an example for my boys. When I have read or talked to serious runners, all of them have had early starts as runners. It was a tool to help them handle life's craziness. I want my boys to start running 5ks and be involved. Also, as cheap as I am, this is about the only way the boys will get new shirts not worn by others.
So here's what I feel is doable.
1. Run 20 miles per week /month
2. Increase 2 miles each week/each month
3. Run three 5ks with kids: Red dress, campus on the run, and Genesee days
4. Encourage and mentor someone else to run their first 5k
5. Lose 5 lbs.
6. Run TWO marathons: one in the spring and one in the fall and make it a family affair. My crew will be hubby and kids. I don't really care what my time will be...I just want to be able to finish. (I know for those of you remembering I said "never again" after my first one, I remembered saying the same thing after my first pregnancy, so please razz me if you need to but I'm ever going to own the title "runner"-I have to run right?)
There. It's on. Will there be bumps in the road? Yes. Will I panic and doubt myself along the way? Absolutely. But I want to live my life to the fullest-not to wish things were different in my life but actually making it happen. Wish me luck you all.