Born To Run

by Stephanie

I wish I was better at following through with things. I tend to pick up hobbies or interests quickly, and then drop them even faster. I go out and buy whatever tools are necessary, and then lose interest and toss them aside. Some examples are: teaching myself Italian (lasted about two weeks), becoming an actuary (about 4 months), being a vegetarian (lasted about 6 months), joining an indoor soccer league (about 3 months), ballroom dancing (in my defense this one lasted almost two years, but it was still a really random hobby), and training for a marathon (that lasted about as long as it took me to pick out pretty new running shoes).
Well I don’t want to be that way any longer.
And I also want to be in better shape.
Which brings me to my new project.
No, I don’t plan on training for a marathon. That’s like saying I’m going to pick up rock climbing starting with Mt. Everest. I just want to be able to run for a period of time without losing my breath or getting really bored.
Ok that’s a lie. I signed up for that newsletter on January 7th but ignored the instructions I received for the next 21 days. BUT I saved all the emails. That’s good right???
Here’s where you come in. I’m going to post short daily updates on my progress. My declaration is on the internet now. Motivation, people, motivation. See, I don’t want to disappoint my readers, so I have to do it. So here we go.

Day 1: Let’s get started.Today’s run: Start with a 5-10 minute warm-up walk. Run 1/1 x 10. (Run 1 minute, walk 1 minute, ten times, for a total of 20 minutes.) Finish up with a 5-10 minute cool-down walk. Remember to take it easy and don’t worry about your pace at all.

Here are some initial post-run thoughts:
1. How come no one ever told me how much more interesting it is to run outside. Have you all been keeping that a secret!!! I didn’t get bored at all!
2. Note to self: Beastie Boys make for a fantastic running playlist.
3. Another note to self: don’t run too far away–you’ll have to get home eventually
4. Where do runners put their keys???
5. I can’t stop coughing. Is this normal?