On Monday Sept. 24th I decided to accept my cousin’s invitation and join her in a half marathon on January 5, 2013. This is a big deal for me because I am known for hating exercise. I would consider myself to be athletic but completely out of shape. I played softball for 8 years and I cheered for 4. I have always been into physical activity but as I got older and exercise was no longer done with groups of peers, I began to stray away from it. It became something that I avoided at all costs. In 2008 I met Aubrey Prince who is a fitness fanatic. I married this wonderful man in March of this year. It is definitely an interesting dynamic being married to someone who is a personal trainer, athletic trainer, and health specialist. Exercise is something he does every day. He works out for hours. He cares about his nutrition and tries to encourage the same in me. I, on the other hand, never exercise and I LOVE good food. And by “good” I mean food that tastes good. Pasta is my favorite and I eat it a few times a week. Working out has been in the back of my mind because I am getting older and I am an intelligent human being who understands that exercise is needed for good health. But up until Monday, I hadn’t committed myself to do anything about my “laziness.” After 10 days of debating and one challenging tweet, (
@ChelsieAPrince I think powerful women challenge themselves to do the unthinkable! Half-marathon, maybe?), I committed to running this half marathon. And since then I have ran everyday. I have started slow only running a mile a day because to be honest I don’t think I’ve ran a mile since 2004. Cardio is my worst nightmare. I have absolutely hated it my whole life. But I am now determined to change that. I admire women who love to work out. I often wish I would love it too. From this point forward I WILL love it! I never fail when challenged with something new. This is an opportunity to challenge myself physically which is something I have not done before.
I believe that if I can do this, anyone can. To change a mentality that I’ve held onto for 8 years will be no easy task and I hope my experience can help someone else. The first step is commitment, the next is to simply start achieving. One mile at a time will be my goal and by January I hope 13.1 will be attainable. My cousin Mackenzie will be commenting with her experiences, my sister Chandra and husband Aubrey will as well. Four different people with different abilities and very different running experiences will chime in on each running blog post. I would love to hear from you as well. I look for tips, inspiration, and stories that can help me achieve this amazing goal.
Here are the twitters of MacKenzie, Chandra and Aubrey if you are interested in following these awesome people:
We are running as Team Dakota, who is responsible for thousands of dollars raised for the March of Dimes, in honor of MacKenzie’s son. In her words, “We will simply be running/walking for those who never had the chance.”
The Half Marathon is called the New Years Race. Held in LA at 9:00pm on January 5, 2013. Here are some links: www.newyearsrace.com https://twitter.com/NewYearsRace
Here is to a NEW me and to RUNNING!