Changing Can't to Can or How not to become a Zombie meal.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This year I am volunteering to help at the "Run for your lives" 5K zombie run. For anyone not familiar with the event, the idea is to run a 5K obstacle course while dodging zombies. You have 3 flags similar to the type you use in flag football. As you run the zombies attempt to take your flags. The object is to survive the race with at least one of your flags still on your belt.
My 17 year old son, Niko, is excited to be running this year and afterwards we will attend the Zombie Apocalypse as a family. My oldest, Zach, who is in the Air Force called me one day and commented on how excited his brother was to be taking part in the event. He than ask me why I wasn't running with him. My answer - I'm to old and fat. He acted like we had a bad phone connection and ask again, why aren't you running? Again my reply, I'm to old and fat. His response, keep telling yourself that and you might believe it. (When did he get so smart?)
I thought about it and decided that if I can convince myself that I am to fat and old to run the race, why can't I convince myself that I can. With that in mind I decided to start working on convincing myself that I can, and believe me when I say, I'm a tough sale. It has not be easy to reprogram myself but I am taking it step by step.
My first step was telling my best friend what I planned to do. You know, test the idea on one of my diet buddies first. Once I was comfortable with talking about it to my friends, I informed my family. My husband who truly is my biggest supporter, downloaded a walk meter for my phone that included a 5K run plan. (It took me 4 weeks to even turn it on)
So this is were my journey beginnings. I have my support system, family and friends. When I don't feel like walking, I text my oldest son and even send him pictures of the mileage on the treadmill. He will text back support and jokes to keep me motivated. I walk every day and can now walk a 5K. This week I turned on the walk meter and started the 5K training plan. The first week involves running 1 minute and walking 1 1/2 minutes after a 5 minute warm up walk. It takes me 30 minutes to finish 1.6 miles, an easy meal for even the slowest zombie. This is only the beginning, I have a whole year to practice. I volunteer this year, next year I run. I may never be able to survive the zombie apocalypse but I do plan to survive the race.