Read the "About Me" on the right starting with the part that says "Future Dreams" before you read this:
I have been looking at the "Future Dream" part of my bio on the side of my blog for over a year. And I have not done one darn thing about them.
One of the dear sisters in my ward (who happens to be my very cute pianist in choir) taught a lesson a few weeks ago where she used a marathon running chart to illustrate her point. I didn't know that she was a marathon runner. I mentioned to her that I wanted to set a goal to run a 5K in September.
Did I mention that I am starting as a couch potato? A complete newbie. A *gasp!* running virgin? In elementary school, I was always dead last in every Presidential Physical Fitness race (does that date me?) Humiliating memories. Its about time I tried to replace them with something better.
Cute Choir Pianist graciously offered to help me train. Our first training session was tonight. I was so nervous! Mr. Wonderful kept telling me I would be fine. The hour came and she knocked on the door. My first goal tonight was not to back out of it. I was committed. Check that goal off.
We ran two miles. Okay, really......we ran for two minutes and then walked for two minutes and kept that pattern going for a distance total of two miles. Choir Pianist brought her 4 year old son along in his jogging stroller. After nearly a mile, he got out and ran, too. He ran faster than me. It felt like I was trying to breathe through water, like my lungs couldn't expand enough. There were a few times that Choir Pianist had to verbally push me to run for just 20 more seconds. This was totally out of my comfort zone. I certainly didn't feel graceful and I know I didn't look cute.
I made it. I did it. AND I DIDN'T DIE! I am so stinkin' proud of myself right now! It must be all those endorphin that make you happy. This feels really good.
So....I am now issuing an invitation to my sister and sister-in-loves, ward sisters, my online sisters and kindred spirit sisters. There is a women's 5K in September that I've made a goal to run. It will be my very first 5K. I am inviting you all to run it with me. If you are interested, send me an email and I will send you the details.
I can't back out now - this invitation is now permanently floating around on the 'Net. God bless my trainer for her patience and great attitude.
I am going to be so sore tomorrow.