A Plethora of Excuses and A Renewed Commitment

There was a time when I ran four miles, six days a week.  I was fit and strong and had boundless energy.  I was a committed runner for five years and there was really no one reason why I stopped.  Whether it was the boredom that plagued me or the minor injuries I sustained, I gave up.  Looking back, I am so disappointed in myself for stopping, as getting started again has proven far more difficult than I ever imagined. 

Since having Katie and Matthew, I have started and stopped running several times.  I’ve had a plethora of excuses for giving up–pregnancy, exhaustion, and lack of motivation, to name a few. 

Well, no more excuses.  So why is this time different?  A couple of reasons:

1. Losing my mother-in-law was truly a wake-up call.  Her health had declined over the years and seeing her so ill made me realize that I have come to take my health for granted.  I won’t always be young(ish) and I need to take better care of my body so that it can serve me throughout my entire life.  It is my responsibility to teach Katie and Matthew the importance of caring for your body through exercise and a healthy diet. 

2. I have a great group of friends, more than ten strong, who are as eager as I am to begin running.  We’re following Couch-to-5K, a nine-week plan that will take us from walking to running 30 minutes, three times a week.

With so many others on board, I have no choice but to hold myself accountable.

We’d love for you to stop by and see us at Running Between Tweets and cheer us on through our plethora of aches, pains, progress, and ultimate successes.

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  1. Meredith insockmonkeyslippers.com

    that's awesome! Yes I did say I would cheer you on from the couch but I have changed my mind. I will not be running (we have enough in this family don't need another crazy one) but I will cheer you on from the gym. Good luck and I know you can get back into it!

  2. Loni loni-aaron-bean.blogspot.com

    You're going to do great.. and once again you inspire me. I used to hit the gym at lunch and it's been forever.. maybe I need to again.. well not maybe, I know I need to, but maybe I'll actually get off my butt and do it! (<–Longest run on sentence ever?? Maybe!)

  3. Peggy

    Your Uncle Max would be proud. He's 53, and still running.

  4. Sherri oldtweener.blogspot.com/

    Love it!! There are always a plethora of excuses, but a plethora of good reasons as well.

    Visiting from Word Up, YO! Good luck on your new goal!

  5. KLZ taminginsanity.com

    Hooray! Go you!

    I too really need to get back to the gym for a plethora of reasons. Thanks for participating!! I'm so excited to see bloggers I love linking up.

  6. I recently ran my first 5K after years of thinking about it. I'm proud of myself, and happy with the way I feel. I am certainly continuing my running & striving to run a half marathon someday!

  7. Great post. Congrats on taking charge of your fitness. Wishing you the best of luck on your journey. Great use of the WOW.

  8. liz bellebeanchicagodog.com

    I'm sending you a plethora of good wishes in your Couh to 5K! And thanks for joining in Word Up, YO!

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