Now, I am one who is fond of saying that the only times I run are either to chase down my children from imminent peril or if I'm being chased so the idea that I would run for fun or health is mildly absurd. However, as a former smoker myself I know it can be difficult to find the motivation and the will power to quit, and that support is key, so if me running a 5K with my friend is what she needs to make the quitting happen, I decided that I could run 3 or so miles.
I walked/ran a little over 3 miles with my friend on Saturday, and I think that was too much for me out of the gate. I'm going to start the Couch to 5K program this week, and I think it will better suit my completely nonathletic, borderline sedentary self's new fitness regime.
To say that I am nonathletic is an understatement. Even when I was my thinnest and regularly attended a gym, I'd never have called my self fit or an exercise enthusiast. I took years of dance classes, played softball in middle school, and there is still not an athletic or graceful bone in my body.
Here's the truth: I'm clumsy, I'm uncoordinated, and, to be perfectly honest, I'm lazy and I hate to sweat. If I'm to believe the hype, running regularly can actually help me to become more coordinated and it will certainly make me stronger. I not going to kid myself into thinking that running is going make me less lazy or love sweating, but I am nothing if not a creature of habit and I do believe if I start running regularly, I think I'll keep running regularly. And I do enjoy challenging myself.
Anyway, I'll let you know how this whole running thing goes.