the start of my attempt to become a runner.

As I sit here happily sipping my second(ish) glass of Cabernet, I’m happy to report:

I’m training for a 5k.

Stop scoffing, you seasoned marathoners. This is a big deal for me.

I generally have a love/hate relationship with working out. Call me a yo-yo dieter; I won’t be offended. I tend to really be a stickler for working out for a month or two and then can’t get myself away from the TV enough to even stretch out on the floor.

But that vicious cycle ends today (or, actually, last week. See? Already off to a good start.).

I found this article on the Women’s Health website that actually walks you through how to becoming a runner. If you’re wondering (you probably weren’t), I’m on week two.

And yes, I understand that a 5k is only 3.1 miles. But for someone who, at .25 miles, huffs and puffs enough to blow down the house of a completely unsuspecting and probably innocent piglet, it’s a pretty decent-sized goal.

I mean, okay, let’s not get too excited: I know I’m no Big Sister, who runs 5ks in her sleep. And no, I’m not enough close to the level of awesomeness of Notably Neurotic, this fantastic (and super nice! Courtney – can we please be best friends?) marathoner/triathloner (who recently staked out Craig’s List for her stolen bike, *GirlPower*). Or Friend Mike who just completed his first half-Ironman (which was even exhausting to watch).

In truth, I don’t consider myself anything even remotely close to being able to be called a “runner” just yet.

But, for a solid week and a half, I’ve followed the afore-linked-to running regime and am happy to announce that I am, for lack of a better term, getting there.

I don’t have the race picked out yet (anyone have a good recommendation?), but I’m working toward it. Before the end of 2012, I will attempt and (hopefully) finish a 5k.

I can already taste that recovery drink. It’s wine-flavored, of course.

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  1. I’ll but you that glass/ bottle of wine once your done!!!

  2. You have no idea how happy this blog post makes me! Congrats on taking the very first steps (literally)! Just a fair warning: Running, much like wine, is addicting. Just like one glass (or bottle) is never enough, neither is just one race. Luckily, you live in a city that loves runners! All of my major races have been in Indy! And lucky for me, there are TONS of road races all year long in Bloomington. Depending on how soon you’re looking to smash this 5k goal in the face, the Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5k takes place here in B-town every September. It’s a pricier 5k (most 5k’s here run about $15, this one is closer to $50), but it’s for an awesome cause and so many people participate!

    While I’ve clearly never attempted to do even 1/4 of an Ironman like Friend Mike, running is my passion and I will be more than happy to give you encouragement and pep talks along the way!

    And seriously, thanks for the shout-out in this post. Of COURSE I wanna be friends. I thought you’d never ask … *blushes*

    I can’t wait to keep reading about your running journey!

  3. If I can do a 5k for the first time in 2012′ so can you! I have confidence in you! Go get ’em girl!!

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