You’re Amazing

Do you like doing things for a good cause? Have you ever done a 5K? If you’re like me you answered yes to the first question and no to the second.

Well, I’m in the process of changing both my answers to yes. I’m training for my first 5K. I decided to share, in order to encourage you to do the same. And don’t tell me you can’t do it because you’re [choose all the apply] out of shape, fat, lazy, have kids, hate running, like to sleep in, blah, blah, blah. Because frankly, aside from the kids thing I am all of the above! And I have asthma! And I have seriously bad allergies!

It’s time to tell your excuses to suck it! Do something you will not regret and may in fact think back on as a highlight of your life. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Trust me, you are more powerful than you think!

The thing is, I’ve never been an athlete of any kind. I’ve never been a runner. True story: I hate running! For one thing, it makes all my fat jiggle in an unattractive and painful fashion. For another, it makes my boobs ache from the figure-8 they do. (No joke. It’s a scientific fact that women’s breasts do a figure-8 while running, some moving as much as 8 inches up and down!) And with the whole asthma thing I just wheeze and puff more than breathe really.

But fuck it! I’m not going to lose weight sitting on the couch and eating ice cream, which in truth is one of my favorite past-times. I got myself a training regimen (I used the inter-webs), got myself a workout buddy (the hubby, of course), and I got myself the sports bras to end all sports bras (those babies aren’t going anywhere!).

It’s time to send the fat and the “I can’ts” packing!

So, after years on the sidelines watching my husband run races and do triathlons and after years of covering the events as a reporter, I’m stepping up to the starting line. I’m doing the Susan G. Kommen Race for the Cure on May 3 in Las Vegas. Join the thousands who will be there! It is very inspiring. And hell, if you can’t run the whole 5K, no big deal. I walked the whole thing a few years ago and last year I actually got the “I slept in for the cure” t-shirt. And you even get a goodie bag!

And let me tell you, you will feel awesome to be a part of an event that is so inspirational to breast cancer survivors and their families. If people on chemo can get their butts out there, you can too! And it doesn’t even have to be just about breast cancer. Let’s face it, cancer is cancer. And cancer fucking sucks!

You’ve got to start somewhere. Fitness is fucking hard work, I’ve got the sore muscles to prove it. But it’s never going to get any easier. I hate to break it to you, but we’re all getting older every day. So just get out there and do it already!

— E

One thought on “You’re Amazing

  1. I started running by following the “Couch to 5K” running program, which you can find at coolrunning.com.
    I actually downloaded a podcast that a nice man named Robert Ullrey randomly made and put up on the Web. You can find it on iTunes, or download it from his Web site: http://www.ullreys.com/robert/Podcasts/page4/page4.html.
    Having it as a podcast meant a) you don’t need a stop watch; b) you can just daydream and listen to Ullrey’s blend of techno while you wait for the next instruction and c) you get positive affirmations like “You’re doing great!” WHILE you’re running… Anyway I thought it was awesome. And it got me running 5K, so I’m prepared for all these marathons I plan on joining…

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