Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Latest Harebrained Scheme

Not that I have many harebrained schemes....but I should. Besides, saying that I have schemes that are on the reckless and silly level high enough to be classified as "harebrained" sounds I'm some wacky comic character that people read about and shake their heads in wonder trying to guess what that 'crazy, wacky girl' is up too....yuck, yuck, yuck...

Anyway, the scheme. Yes...focus, focus ....

I have two lifelong fitness goals. Lifelong because it will take me forever to get to that point, and because I would prefer to say that one day I will get them done but not be tied down to an actual completion date. These two goals are to run a mile and to do a pull-up. For a girl my size, I would say that these are quite realistic and reasonable goals. Cause let's face it...I'm never going to lost 150 pounds, and I have never pretended that it would ever happen anyway.

Here is where we get to the harebrained part.....I am going to train to run a mile. And I hope to be able to run that mile (without side stitches or hurling) at the SLC marathon on April 17th. And no, I am not doing the marathon, but I AM going to sign up for the 5k. I figure if all else fails I'll run the mile and then crawl the rest of the way, on the sidewalk, so no one trips over me.

So I've got a training schedule, a training buddy....and as of about two hours ago, some decent running shoes.

I have to do this now, so that I can justify the price I paid for the shoes. Oh course, I didn't buy the shoes because of the price. I was a good girl and got a foot-test-thingy done and was fitted with for the right size and only chose the shoes after I found some that felt right. It was only at the register did I ask how much they were. My dad has a saying "if you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it".....which has been some of the best financial advice I've ever had. It was nice to know that I didn't need to ask....thank you new job.

Anyway, I now have some spanky-new-shoes that are green and yellow with built in gel inserts. So even if I am outrun by a granny in a least I'll look fast.


Libby said...

Woo hoo! Thanks for letting me train with you.

Liz said...

That's great. I'm proud of you, and half (half) tempted to join you. I walked the mile in middle school, until I was ordered off the field in disgust by Mrs Bennett (??). I have the goal of being as relatively healthy by 40 (I'll be 32 this year) as someone as uninterested in non-sexual physical activity as me can be. I want to start exercising regularly, eat better, drive less. I want to actually do the physical therapy that my neurologist has prescribed me. I want to do yoga or learn biofeedback or just some effective relaxation techniques. I want to be able to say at 40 that whatever meds I'm on must be necessary, because I've done all I can to get my body healthy enough to not need them. Good luck with yours...I need to start chipping away at mine.