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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A New Challenge
I have enjoyed exercising for many years. Mostly, I attend classes at my local Y (aerobics and spin), and I also use the elliptical trainers. Because I was sick off and on all last year, my fitness routine really suffered. Now that I am returning to a more regular exercise schedule, I want to get back in shape!

I have never been a runner, but I would like to be. For some reason, I have always disliked running, and I have trouble sticking with it. I hope to change that this year. On Tuesday, I started a Couch to 5K program that lasts 9 weeks. For my first short-term goal, I want to participate in a local 5K in ten weeks.

This is not going to be easy for me. I really, really don't like to run. But, I hope that I will get to the point where running is as addictive for me as it is for so many others. I plan to have some smaller goals, like the local 5K, to keep me going, but I do have a BIG goal out there. My dream is to stick with this and run the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World in 2011. If anything can motivate me, it is the thought of running through the Castle and down Main Street (and a girls' weekend at Disney would be so fun!). Check out this video from the 2009 run. Doesn't that look great?

I have a friend working on this with me. I hope we can encourage each other all year long and make it to the half-marathon next March. It would be just in time to celebrate my 37th birthday. I would also like to note that my husband and son are very skeptical about this plan, and they have good reason. I have never stuck with running before. Of course, their doubt makes me want to prove that I can, and I know they will be proud of me if I do!

I look forward to documenting my journey here. Having an audience will help me when the going gets tough!

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At January 29, 2010 1:40 PM, Blogger Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Had to leave a comment here, as my walking buddy and I just started the C25K program this week, on Monday. It's not going to be easy for me, I'm not in good shape, and I doubt I could do 2 minutes in a spin class, so if you do aerobics and spin at the Y, this should be a piece of cake for you :) I hate, loathe and despise running. I'm only caving to peer pressure, as my husband calls it, b/c my walking buddy wants to do this. I don't want to lose her, so I agreed to try. Sigh. I don't have a goal like you do. I don't really care to run in a 5K or anything else, LOL! I bet you'll do great Lauren, and I know you'll be running down Main Street really soon at DW!

At January 31, 2010 1:31 PM, Blogger Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I have never been a fitness nut (well, I take that back -- I had a 6 month or one year stint where I was really great about working out).

BUT last year I sort of got the bug to start running. I love the idea of it, but it didn't work out for me.

It's not possible here in Winter, but maybe in Spring I'll give it another go. We'll see.

I'll be reading about your progress.


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