BUT I aspire to be one! Like most of my ideas, they begin as little seeds and over time (sometimes a blink of an eye, sometimes a decade) they grow. This little idea about running probably started back when I was an aerobics class fanatic and that was a long, long time ago. Over the years, it would come and go. Last week, it came and stayed.
Wouldn’t you know it ~ God decided to it was a great day to put an ad on my Facebook page that advertised a “Become a Runner” class. I clicked to the page, expecting that “Become a Runner” really meant “Become a BETTER Runner” and that any such class would not apply to me. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that was not the case so I dropped the running coach an email and explained that I have not, literally, ran an entire mile since 8th grade and that I hated it~ really hated running and really hated what the humidity did to my hair. She encouraged and understood and I signed up for the class~ first day for me was this past Monday after work. Strike while the iron is hot!
As ridiculous as this sounds, I am different this Friday than I was on Monday. For the first time ever, sweating while being in this oppressive Florida heat isn’t repulsive. I woke up this morning and thought of all the things I need to do to prepare for a heavy work weekend and then a little voice in my head said something pretty clearly (and believe me, this isn’t the voice that usually speaks in my head!). This voice said “Better get started with a power walk before anything else”.
So Miranda Lambert and Linkin Park urged me through a very brisk 50 minute walk through my neighborhood and I came back a sweaty mess. Loved it. I have my eye set on a 5k for early November and not only am I going to participate, I hope and pray that I only need to stop a couple of times before the finish line. To some, a small feat. To me, it will be like climbing Mt. Everest.
This whole idea of living outside of my comfort zone is no longer scary~ in just 5 days! I’m not in competition with anyone but me but I don’t mind telling you that I want to kick my butt! 🙂
http://www.runtampa.com/ Thanks, Debbie, you’re awesome!