So, I'm thinking for motivation on days I don't feel like blogging, I'll make a goal to have at least one themed day a week. I'm going to start this goal with a Fitness Friday. Our school does a Biggest Loser competition and ours just ended the week before Spring Break. I don't know why I joined, exactly. I am 5' 1" and weigh a whopping 130 lbs. short and stocky to say the least. I have never been an athletic person, but I have loved playing sports all my life... it's just with a 5' 1" frame, it's hard for people to take you seriously when you beg to play basketball with them. Yeah... but I did join for accountability purposes. I need to keep this 5' 1" frame at that whopping 130 lbs and NO MORE than that! Eesh. And it's sooooo hard to do!
While I may not be sleek and tall and able to play most sports with success, I have found that I can run. I have placed first in both 5K's I ran this past year (I can't wait to do more this summer!). Never, ever, ever, ever, EVAH would I have considered running as my sport of choice. Run = ew. With encouragement from my sister (who is even smaller than me and runs twice as fast!) I decided to give it a try. I haven't looked back since! I love it! There's a satisfaction after running that I don't get after any other exercise... except after an awesome 20 mile bike ride, those are pretty awesome, too!
When I started running, though, I didn't just jump into it. I knew it wasn't going to be easy and I really knew I would HATE it at first. I joined for fitness advice (I had recently gotten married and all that happy weight was OBVIOUS). SparkPeople, I found, has excellent 5K training programs whether you're a beginner or a seasoned athlete who just isn't quite a runner... yet. I followed those plans and within a few months I was ready to run my first 5K. It was a wonderful feeling and I owe it all to that website.
Today at school we had our annual Relay for Life Student Walk. My kids wanted to run their laps instead of walk them. So I ran with them. Much to their surprise, Mrs. -- stayed right their with them and when their little second grade legs grew tired they watched with mouths opened when their teacher breezed right past them and encouraged them to keep going. We ended up running a mile together today! That's something else I would have never dreamed of doing! HAHA! So, go ahead and check out SparkPeople if you never have. You won't be disappointed! Here's a link to the SparkPeople home page and here is a link to the running programs. Enjoy a fit Friday!