Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I just posted this thought in my favourite team challenge thread. But it felt like it should also be a blog.
One of my favourite 'feel-good' movies of all time is What About Bob. There is a scene where Bob, who has psychological problems (to put it mildly) is attempting a new activity: sailing. At the end of the scene, the boat goes by with Bob at the front of the boat shouting: I'm sailing! I'm sailing! I sail!
On April 13th I signed up for a group class at my local gym called "Wanna Run". I just want to add some new cardio to my routine so I can drop these last few pounds.
My first assignment was walk 1 min, jog 1 min x 3 miles. It wasn't that easy. It wasn't that fun. I did it. Next week walk 1 min, jog 2 min x 3 miles. Better, it helped that I had gotten new shoes. Finally last week I attempted the whole 3 miles and was pleased that I did it, though I still wouldn't say it was enjoyable DURING the activity. More of a feeling of accomplishment. I also added a mid-week 2 mile jog through the neighborhood.
Last night, I brought my iPod with my new playlist of tunes and was again assigned the 3 miles (some of the others are already doing a 5 mile loop). The sun was out, the tunes were great, maybe I just ate the right food all day. But I RAN. I felt great! I passed all the other 3 mile people!!
I run! I'm running! I'm a runner!
Next week: 4 miles.
I'm looking forward to it!