Tuesday, June 22, 2010

You're My Inspiration

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Every time I think about this post, I have that song going through my head - and I do again - "You give meaning to my life; you're my inspiration...." In the best vein of misery loves company, I can only hope that at least one of you is now suffering my fate.

I have a point though - shocking, I know.

I'm not one to do things halfway. I set large goals, and then - for the most part - I go after them. Take a trip back in time with me, will you?

I had a really neat goal a couple years ago - to run a 5k. I started doing the C25K program, and for the most part, it went fairly well. A good friend of mine who you would not peg as a runner told me how she had started to run 5ks and talked me into it.

In the beginning, it was great. A friend of mine from my neighborhood joined up with me after the first week, and we ran together. Having her with me was a huge help as we went from sixty second runs to ten minute runs. Then her knee started giving her problems, and I was on my own.

It was ok though. I had joined a gym to run inside (ummm I don't sweat, so running outdoors in the summer is not ideal), and I made it through week six with its twenty-five minute run, and week seven with its twenty-eight minute run. It wasn't easy, and I wasn't fast, but I did it.

Then summer hit. And so did the excuses. I missed a few runs here and there, and pretty soon there was no way I was running for twenty minutes. Over the next ahhhh two years, I was off and on running - frequently able to pick it up at week 5 (five minute runs) or week 4 (three and five minute runs). Then I was down to week 3.

I spent week after week at week 3. For whatever reason, I just couldn't get past it to start week 4, even though I was running my requisite three times a week. I was frustrated, but I kept trying.

Then I heard that Melisa was also planning to do the C25K program. And we somehow got ourselves signed up to run the 5K at BlogHer (our collective first!). She talked about her strategy and the days she was running. And I realized that maybe this is something I can do.

I hear her updates and see her happy Tweets about what she's accomplished. And you know what? It's kept me running, too. The days I think about skipping because I'm tired or it's too late or I have something else going on? I think about Melisa running no matter what, and I go.

I made it through week 3. I completed week 4. All the while, I remembered Melisa and her unflagging determination, and she kept me going. As I got into the longer runs, it got harder. I wanted to stop and take breaks. But I powered through - because Melisa was keeping me honest. On Friday, I completed - without stopping once - a twenty minute run. Yesterday, I did my five / ten / five run, and tomorrow I have a long twenty-five minute run.

Wow. After tomorrow I start week 7, and then I have two weeks before I'm truly running a full 5k - in plenty of time for our BlogHer 5k. I may not be fast, and I definitely won't be first, but I know I'll at least complete it before they close the course.

Running with a live partner the first time around was huge. And having a virtual partner now with Melisa? Well, I have this little song I need to sing to her....


Pat June 22, 2010 at 11:40 PM  

Three cheers for you, Michelle! I'm impressed that any mom with young kids can stick with a running regimen!

WeaselMomma June 23, 2010 at 7:29 AM  

I've tried this a couple times to no avail.
I have the couch part totally down though.

Melisa with one S June 23, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

GREAT, now I'm crying.

You're so sweet!

And "ironic" enough: You're MY inspiration! I'm just trying to catch up to you. :)

Melisa with one S June 23, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

By the way, I enjoyed how you wrote that "SOMEHOW we got ourselves signed up" for the 5K. As I recall, you sent me one e-mail that asked what I thought about it, and then 5 minutes later I got copied on your e-mail to Shannon, signing yourself up. That was called "throwing down the gauntlet". haha

Melisa with one S June 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

And one more thing: YAY YOU!!!
I'm proud of you, and jealous. :)

septembermom June 23, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Good for you!! That's awesome. You're going to be in fantastic shape after all of this!

Unknown Mami June 23, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

Speed is overrated. It's the determination that gets you to the end of the race. Congratulations!

Kim Moldofsky June 24, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

Way to go! I saw Melisa's post about signing onto a 5K and about a week later (or maybe that night, even) I saw a sign for a local 5K and I completed it last week. Had I been doing an official C25K training, I'd only be on about week 2. But my goal for the race was simply to finish and not be last. (Accomplished!) Now I have a time to beat should I run one again.

Such an inspiration that Melisa with one S.

Michelle June 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

Pat - It's one of the things that I *try* to do for myself, but again, it has frequently been sacrificed to things I need to do for the wee ones.

WeaselMomma - I still think you could do it if we worked together :)

Melisa - Awww, I didn't mean to make you *cry* exactly. And you'll start catching up now. W6D3 was an utter failure. (And yes, that's how I define "somehow" just in case you're wondering!)

Kelly - Hopefully. I do need to also find the time to get back into doing the yoga and the soul grooves and the belly dancing and the other classes and stuff I did when I "had more time" - it'll get there though!

Michelle June 24, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

Unknown Mami - Very true... but I have expectations for myself. I'm ok with slow, but it does still need to be running of some form :)

Kim - Absolutely try to go beat that time. And go, Melisa! Keep us inspired!

Anonymous June 28, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

She's my inspiration too. I was on the fence about c25k and she nudged me along.

Great job getting back to running. I'm sure you will do great in the Blogher 5k. Oh & Great song choice!

Michelle June 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

NYCGirl - She is inspiring, isn't she? :) I have unfortunately hit a wall right now, but I'll burst through it soon!

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