Ona, thank you! Now that I am an (instant) athlete, I truly appreciate the cheering section!!
My best friend since college is a *real* athlete--a petite, gorgeous blonde who has run many 5K's, 10K's, half and full marathons. We've even started SB together, because she wanted to get down from 148 to 135 and I wanted to get down from 248 to 205, so we lost weight at a similar pace but 100 Lbs. apart! She's already at her goal but I am still around 235. I told her about my foray back into running, and she cheered me on, too! She said that if I would ever like to enter a race, she would be right there with me. And it is definitely tempting. I found a 5K here in my town that would take place in June along the waterfront, which is flat and straight forward. I think that is a great goal, because a 5K is basically 3 miles (which was my original goal), and having a set date to shoot for (because it would be a race date) is very appealing to me. I could be a 5K racer by this June. I like the sound of that!!
If I like that race, there is the Philadelphia half marathon in November (2011), five months after the 5K, and I think that is plenty of time to train to go for about 13 miles after having run 5. So I told my marathoning friend about that, too, and she wants to do it with me! That gave me this wonderful, clear picture in my mind of me, my best friend, and my DH running along Fairmount park on a beautiful fall day. I want it!
In the running threads on this forum, many of the runners say that they like tracking and planning their runs on coolrunning or other such sites. I like being on this site, and I already log my food/emotions here, so I am going to add my runs into this journal. It really appeals to me to have fitness goals, as opposed to weight goals, and even better is that I can see myself as I am right now
doing these runs. I'm not picturing a slimmer, fitter version of myself gliding along the road to the Philly Museum of Art, but the actual current version of me. That makes me feel good, because every other time I've had a fitness goal, I've pictured a skinny version of myself doing it. Or a goal related to buying smaller clothes, or weighing less. This is a goal for me, not for a figment of my imagination. I may lose weight, I may not, but I'll be healthier and honestly any form of running makes me feel like a hero, even if I'm the only one I'm saving.
So, here's to gearing up to run 3 miles, running a 5K in June, and running in the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November. There, I've posted it. It's officially public, and I am officially on my way to reaching my goals!