Looking for some inspiration and motivation
Sunday, February 28, 2010
So, I have had a battle with my weight since I was about 24 years old. Prior to that I was very active and played sports competitively so weight never seemed to be an issue for me. Eating habits were never a issue with me because I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted to and never had any weight gain. Fast forward about 5 years and I find myself in a position that I never thought I would find myself in....over weight, not active, and looking like someone I don't even recognize. I realize that my story is probably not unique from other people that are out there, but just the same I find it isolating and certainly at times depressing.
Even despite my weight gain, I have been able to talk myself in to the "I don't look that bad...." conversation but I am at the point where that is not even the issue any more. The issue is that I am tired all the time and physically can't do the things that I used to and I am sick of it so I am ready to do something about it.
With all of this being said I have decided to pick a goal for the next 6 weeks to work towards in an effort to address my lethargy and just pure bad mood. My goal is to run a full 30 minutes without stopping to catch my breath by the end of 6 weeks. I figure that to reach this goal I have to commit to running at least 3x a week for the next six weeks.
The ironic thing about this goal is that I've ran quite a bit in my past growing up and I have even completed a couple 5ks in the last couple years. My biggest frustration with taking up running is that I have done it in the past but can never seem to stick with it consistently where it becomes just a part of my life....a part of who I am.
Soooooo, for any of you folks out there that were beginner runners at some point do you have any suggestions, words of advice, or wisdom for someone like me??? Any and all input is welcomed and wish me luck for tomorrow morning....first run is planned for 5:30 am. Getting up that early will be a big win in and of itself so stay tuned!!!!