So, the husband and I don't watch a ton of tv. For some strange reason, last winter we got started watching The Biggest Loser: Couples. And we got totally sucked in. We watched it every week. At the end of the season in May, the contestants ran a marathon. One of the guys, Daris, ran it pretty fast and set a new record for their course and program. I was riveted and I found watching him to be tremendously inspiring.
I have never thought of myself as a runner. I am the girl who ran with Girl Scout cookies in my pockets when I was a kid. I am the person who says things like "I only run when chased." I smoked for ten years (in my rebellious youth). I always say I can't function without a cup of coffee first in the morning.
Daris inspired me to run. One day, idly surfing, I came upon the couch to 5k running plan on coolrunning.com. I thought to myself that if that super heavy kid can run a marathon, then I could run too. So I did.
I started getting up at six (or sometimes 5:30!) and rolling out of bed to run. Religiously. I laid my clothes out the night before. I bought fancy shoes. I stretched. I put podcasts on my ipod. I bought a visor. And then I put my money down on the table so I wouldn't back out. I registered for a run.
The couch to 5k program is nine weeks long with three training sessions per week. I printed it out, put on my sneakers and went outside. That was nine weeks ago. Yesterday morning, I ran my first 5k in 32 minutes, 23 seconds. I ran the entire way. My husband and children came with me and cheered me on as I entered the last leg and crossed the finish line.
People, I am not an athlete. I am a 40 year old mother of two who is twenty something pounds overweight. But I did something that I couldn't have done nine weeks ago and never in my life thought I would do; I ran three miles.
I didn't tell anyone that I was doing it. I could hardly believe that it would really happen. I've found something that makes me feel good in a variety of ways and that brings me a curious peace. I'm not stopping and now I can say I am a runner.