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1/10/2012

BlogHer Inspiration to Fitness [Week 1]




I don't like to run. You would probably take one look at me and not be surprised by that statement.  I don't look like a runner.  And even when I read inspirational stories about people that didn't like to run who are now training for their first marathon, I still don't think I will ever love being a runner.  26.2 miles does not appeal to me.

What does appeal to me is this picture.







That is my father-in-law, my husband, and my son. This was taken a few years ago at Pat's Run in Tempe. It was the boys first race. These three guys love to run.  Now, the older two can go run by themselves all they want, but the boy in the middle, who is now ten, still needs a running buddy.  And his mom has a need to spend as much time with him before he becomes a teenager and starts locking himself in his room and stops kissing her goodbye when he gets out of the car at school. Before he takes off to go running all by himself.

They just grow up too fast.

So when the opportunity to take part in BlogHers Inspiration to Fitness came up, I knew that I was going to choose to train to run a 5K. Not just because I need to improve my health in 2012 and definitely not because I actually want to run a 5K race, but because my son is going into middle school next year and hopefully this will be one thing we can do together when all he really wants to do is hang out with his friends.







I know the kid can already out run me, so at this point I am just trying to catch up to him.  Luckily I have a good playlist and Ashely's plan to run me through the steps.  Her schedule has me running three times a week with two strength training sessions thrown in for good measure.  The strength training includes words like air squats, lunges, and planks that make me look forward to the days I just have to run.  And who knows, in 6 weeks maybe I will have my own inspirational story about how I grew to love running.  For now we will take it one step at a time. And this is step one.

I am taking part in BlogHer's Inspiration to Fitness.  As part of the program I will be sharing a weekly journal post with you, reviewing some fun health and fitness related items, and giving some goodies away too.  You can roll over the Best Buy image at the top of my blog to view a calendar of all the Inspiration to Fitness content.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a great way to show him that you love him, hopefully one day he can look back and see that. ENJOY! --Laura

The Miller Five said...

Go for it girl! Running is fun. It's a mental thing. I hated running for years until I told myself to enjoy it. Now I love it! Enjoy the time you have with your son, he'll be gone before you know it.

Liz said...

Love this story!

jennie w. said...

Blech, I hate running but I keeping trying to do it anyway. Im going to start up again when it's not quite so cold.

BabiesandBargains said...

I did a couch to 5k program and did it from Oct-Dec running my first unoffical Dec 31, 2010! I since have learned to love running..It hurts, it sucks but it feels so good afterwards! I have managed to get up to 8 miles in the past year but run on a reg basis and really feel it clears my mind

My Captivating Images said...

You go girl!!

Anonymous said...

Love your idea of spending time with your son. I wish I could run. I was born with a bum knee and now I have arthritis in it, so I'm stuck with walking. Sometimes I can get my youngest daughter to go with me, but usually it is just me and the dog, lol.

I wish you the best in your new endeavor.

Rebecca Scott (aka Otter) said...

You know, I'm a pretty active person and I love running but only for short distances. I've never been a huge "let me jog 3 million miles" kinda gal. I'm very inspired by your decision though and I think you're making a good choice by trying to encourage your son's healthy behavior by joining him. :) I wish you nothing but the best and I will happily be a cheerleader for you in the comments section. I don't know if you'll ever love it, that's up to your state of mind, but I do think you can do this and I think you'll be surprised at just how fast you get stronger and better at it. :)

lisa said...

Go Lorie!!

Anonymous said...

I love what inspires us to step out of our comfort zone...for me it was a simple statement by a friend. Then I found myself saying I could try that. Then I found myself running! Love yourself out of your comfort zone and enjoy the journey!

Worthy of the Prize said...

You can do it! I am SO not a runner either but I did the Couch to 5K training program {you can google it} last year and was able to complete my first 5K without walking!

Ally said...

I'm doing it too, and I have never by any means considered myself a runner! Good luck :)

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