i want to be able to run. with the shape i’m in now, there’s no way i would survive a zombie apocalypse. and it’s important to be able to outrun the undead. it’s also important to be able to outrun the living, but they’re less likely to eat your brains.
so i’m training for a 5k. i enrolled in up and running, an innovative e-course for women that endeavors to transform both body and mind. it’s warm up week. our first task is to make a list of our motivations. according to our world-renowned running coach, julia jones, the most critical component to finishing this course is understanding why we want to do it.
i’m motivated to make it part of the plan.
scrolling through the forums, i saw that a lot of up and runners were motivated to get fit and healthy. i’ve never really been fit or healthy. i don’t even know what that would feel like. it takes more than just exercise to achieve fitness and health, but i believe that this program can play a significant role in the process, even if it can’t get me there on it’s own.
i’m motivated to maintain.
while it would be wonderful to lose more weight, i’m hoping that running helps me keep off the 80 pounds i’ve already lost.
i’m motivated to complete the challenge.
i do well with structure. i’m much more likely to accomplish a goal if i know the steps i need to take. in this case, i’ll be learning the literal steps i need to take!
i’m motivated to do something that seems impossible.
i can barely run a couple of blocks. i can’t imagine running a single mile, let alone three.
our second task is to create personal, tangible goals.
i aim to do every workout.
that’s three times a week for eight weeks, twenty-four workouts in all.
i aim to participate in a 5k upon completion.
as long as i can run for the majority of the race, i don’t even mind having to walk part of the way. i’m considering taking on the san francisco progressive marathon. what’s worrisome is that it’s held at the end of july and i’m afraid of collapsing from heat exhaustion.
i aim to improve.
i don’t have a base time because i’ve never run a mile before, but when i do get that number, i’m going to decrease it by the end of the course.