I am not a runner

I am not a runner in the sense that I wake up in the morning and look forward to an easy 8-mile run. I probably never will be. But then again, I’ve been stressing for days over the fact that I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in a run at all today. I ran Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, so my next run should be today but I was scheduled for a 90-minute interview with Big Sisters of Boston. This is a whole other saga in itself, but I ended up canceling my interview and shelving the idea of becoming a Big…for now.

It means I can run tonight! I was smart and brought my gym clothes just in case they canceled on me. But then I got to my desk and read this lengthy email from the interviewer about all these time and financial commitments that were not part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program I did in Florida. I have to fork over $75 today for the 5K registration fees ($25 for the race, $50 for my team) and start fundraising as soon as I get my runner page, so right now, I want to focus on that.

But the strange part of all this is that I was actually worried about not running today. Sure, I can skip two days every now and then. But I found a groove and I like where I’m at. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit—good or bad. And I’d say that’s about right. I’m about to start week three of C25K and it’s already becoming a regular routine for me. On weeknights, I leave work and head to the gym. On weekends, I get up and have something small to eat like a sandwich thin with peanut butter, or a fried egg and milk, and chug water as I drive to the gym.

It’s honestly easier to justify when I’m paying $10 a month (I know, really breaking the bank here) rather than when I get home to my comfy house with my cute dog who just wants to cuddle on the couch. I used to be adamant asked paying anything for a gym membership, but like most employers, mine gives me a $150/year wellness reimbursement. I wonder if I can include the $75 race fee since Planet Fitness costs me a whopping $120 a year, plus it was $5 down and there’s a $29 annual fee billed in June. Also, I can’t run or bike in the winter (well, I guess I could but I’m not suicidal) and although I had been keeping up with my Jillian Michaels Body Revolution at-home workouts, being overweight has made plyometrics really rough on my already-shot knees and ankles.

Anyway, here’s Monday’s session:

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