Monday, December 21, 2009

I am a runner... Wait, what?!?!

My name is Liesl. I'm 28 have been married for almost 8 1/2 years, I have four amazing children, and as of 6:37pm, December 21st, 2009, I am a runner.

I've never been a runner before. Even when I was a little kid I hated running. So, let me tell you where it started. I found c25k this past spring; while looking for an exercise program to shed some weight. I thought it looked like I might just be able to do it. I knew that Emily had been wanting to train for a 10k, so, for some extra motivation, I offered to do it with her. I laced up my cheap Payless cross trainers and hit the dirt road I was living on. I've been running off and on now for about four months. But, I wasn't a runner until last night. Because, before last night my plan was to run the 10k and then be done. Another thing to put on a list of achievements.
Then, last night, while I was still loving the endorphin rush from my run, Emily sent me a message asking me to join her and set some lofty (at least for me) goals. I quickly agreed, and then, panicked. Now, I have a whole lot of brothers and sisters and, there are about four who I have really talked to about running. All of them are incredible athletes, and all of them know about running. So, at 8:59pm, December 21, 2009 I sent the following text to J,M,H, and T:
OMGosh just committed to running at least 1005 miles in 2010. And maybe (hopefully) a marathon next December! What was I thinking? I'm not a runner!
I got varied responses, but I'll share two with you.
T: Ha ha, now you are. :)
J: You will certainly be a runner by the end of 2010!!! That's just 2.73 miles every day of the year!!!!
Then, I realized, I can't start this project thinking I'm not a runner. There's no way I can commit to running 2.73 miles every day for a year or 5.5 every other day for a year if I'm not a runner. So, as of last night, when I agreed to do this project, I'm a runner. I may not be that great yet. But, I am, I'm a runner. YIKES!!!!
So, I hope you enjoy reading about our endeavor. I'm writing this because I want people to know that if I can do it, you can do it too. And, I want you to join me.
Because, well, misery loves company ;P


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's incredible! You remind me of the girl blogging on "Julie and Julia" except not cooking and eating, excercising.

2010 in 2010 said...

Thanks, we're pretty excited! I haven't actually seen that movie, but you're the second person to mention it, so I might have to check it out!

Mindy said...

I have really enjoyed reading your blog. Like you, I have been running (or jogging) for about 3 months. I recently agreed to run a half marathon in Oct.! This blog expresses all the same feelings I have, and you're right.. I have to see myself as a runner to do this thing! Good Luck in meeting your goal, I know you can do it!