I decided it would be a good idea to start the year off with a 5K race.
Despite the fact that it was 38 degrees, I
hate detest absolutely loathe cold weather running, and I’ve seriously curtailed my recent running because it makes my little bumpette uncomfortable.
I was honestly thisclose to copping out and skipping the race altogether, but I decided that would not be an auspicious beginning to my healthy 2014. So I put on my warmest running layers and headed over to LifeTime Fitness in Cary for their Commitment Day 5K.
And I actually had a really good time. I certainly didn’t set any personal records – I’ve learned that it’s best if I run for a bit and then walk for a bit, otherwise I’m setting myself up for some serious cramps. And if I’m totally truthful with myself and you all, it’s not so much running anymore as jogging. ((I really hate the designation “jogging.” It sounds so condescending to me.)) I finished the course in a little over 34 minutes, which wasn’t that bad in my opinion. And BIT didn’t give me one iota of complaint the whole time. (Well, BIT does cause some pretty wicked mid-workout heartburn but I’ve gotten wise to his/her wily ways and chew some Tums pre-exercise. Take that, acid reflux!)
They had a board where people could put their commitments for the year:
There were a ton of people there. It was heartening to see so many people taking a step toward a healthier way of life for the coming year. Although we’ll see if this benevolent and approving attitude of mine persists when there’s a billion people crowding up my regular Zumba class and I can’t get an elliptical because of all the January newbies…. I’ll just try to remind myself that they have a right to start sometime too.
Slightly related note – my buddies Cris, Devinder, and Amy are doing a mile-a-day challenge for the month of January and asked me to join. I said yes, as I love
competition to the death friendly challenges but I’m thinking I might ask for special pregnant dispensation. Running is getting a little uncomfortable and I’m transitioning more and more to machines like the elliptical or Octane Lateral. So maybe I’ll see if I can count a minimum of 20 minutes of daily exercise as my mile and still participate in the challenge with them. Because I’d hate to lose before we’ve even started!