Monday, January 10, 2011

Against the Wind

Elementary School: Upon completion of the dreaded 1 Mile Run, a teacher looked me square in the face and said, "I can walk it faster than that."

Middle School: Made sports teams. Had no choice but to run every. single. weekday. Oh, the horror.


High School: Same thing. Then, quit because I sucked in a furious rebellion. Then, accidentally made the bowling team my senior year, spent the winter eating cheese fries at Lafayette Lanes, turned into a Chris Farley-esque version of myself, realized the error of my ways and ran every morning until college to undo the damage.

College: I regularly ran - usually outside, by myself. My theory on how I alluded kidnappers: I tend to flail a little lot and make scary, jerky faces, so any potential axe murderer/rapist probably wouldn't have wanted me. After flirting with long distance running (ok. totally not long distance to an actual runner. . .) but with more than a few 14, 15, 16 mile runs under my belt, I could have probably hopped a 5K on one leg with no shoes. Or toenails.. because most of them fell off from the running. Eww.


Milwaukee & Maryland: Gone were the days of hours on a treadmill because I had to do this thing called.. work for money. Weather permitting, I did manage to make it to the gym or run around our super cute neighborhood(s).

18 months ago: Someone chewed me up and spit me out . . . and that very small person was Harper. After 9 months of toting around her little watermelon self, then bringing her into the world, I was spent. Those of you who "bounce right back," bless your hearts. That was not me. Everything hurt and I was so sleep deprived that I got winded and sore walking around the grocery store. I never thought I would ever be the same until..

Yesterday: My name is Courtney, and I have started a Couch to 5K training program. Because like every other 40 year old, I need to take it slowly. Ever the planner, I chose to begin in mid-January (what the..?) and got the weeks confused on my mp3 player . . .so I started on Week 2, instead of Week 1. ((flops on couch, dies))

9 comments:

  1. Good luck to you! It's funny you posted this, b/c I've been thinking the same thing too. I finally feel fit enough to just BEGIN working out again - took 18 months here as well...

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  2. So happy to hear I'm not the only one. Man.. I was a mess!

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  3. I can't stop laughing!! I am the same type of runner. I became discouraged because I was running 2+ miles a day and noticed nothing, however I'm going back in honor of the "Against the Wind" post. :)

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  4. Ugh, you're just now feeling like working out again and I've taken 9 steps (months) backwards!

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  5. That is so funny about the bowling team Courtney because that happened to me. All the fried food during practice and games. hahaha

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  6. It's so funny you should mention the bowling team. I was just today thinking about those afternoons Dad and I would come to B and B or LaFayette Lanes,to see you and your team, and we would have to cut through the smoke! At least you and Kristina stuck to eating fried food, but you took up smoking too!!!

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  7. Lol, Mom! The way you wrote that, people are going to think we took up smoking! ..but I know what you mean.

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  8. You can do it!!! I just lost about 50 lbs in about 3 months. And trust me... If I can do with with my sucky work schedule + two kiddos... ANYONE can!! Let me know if you want the diet that I followed! :)

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  9. Good lord girl. 50 lbs in three months?! That's amazing! Send it along! I've gotta see this thing! My email is typeb2010@gmail.com. I'll send you a message on FB in case you don't see this.

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