Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It Wasn't On My Bucket List

...because if you had asked, I would have told you I don't have one.

I tend to be one of those people who doesn't like bucket lists.  It always seems like a big list of things I'll never have time to do.  When I make lists, I usually never accomplish anything on the list and end up penciling things in afterward so it looks like I got something done.

Last fall, I lost a bunch of weight without really trying. It felt good.  I blogged about it at the time and it stayed off into the spring, but the problem with losing weight without trying, is that it often creeps back on and it did as the summer approached.

Feeling like the only person on the planet who GAINS weight for bathing suit season, I knew I needed to do something.

Round about July, Ellen over at Ms Stewart aka Mrs Seaman posted this (Source: repinly.com via Leigh on Pinterest) on her pinterest page and it started out so slowly, that I thought, "I could probably do that!"

I started running...jogging really...without telling anyone, because I HATE running... I mean I really don't like it at all. My father and sister are runners and I always joke that I didn't inherit the running gene.  I figured I'd end up quitting, so why brag about it!

It was easy to get started at the end of the summer because my children were up north for most of August, but I wasn't sure how it would go in the fall...how I would work it in. I found though, that with football practice for two hours three nights a week, I could leave The Girl on the field with a friend and get in a run.

At the end of August, I saw some friends posting about a 5K in support of The Special Olympics.  It seemed like half the teachers in my school were going to participate.  On a lark one night, after a few glasses of wine, I registered.

I kept running, because I had something for which to be ready...to hold myself accountable.  I haven't lost any weight and I'm pretty sure from the way my clothes fit that I haven't lost any inches either, but I know I'm in better shape, because this time, I forced myself to go slow and stick to the training schedule. I didn't try to go too fast too soon.  I can run without getting winded and if I have to stop, it's usually because my legs are too tired after a long day at work, not because my chest feels like its going to explode! That's new! 

I still hate...well, maybe not hate... strongly dislike it.  That runner's high everyone talks about... yeah, not so much!  BUT, it has gotten easier and I find that if I haven't gone for a run in a few days, I start to feel like I need to.

This past weekend I completed my first 5K...
...and crossed something off my Bucket list... you know, the one I don't have.
 

22 comments:

GB DB said...

Congratulations! I downloaded that app and have yet to start on the first day. Have a spectacular ghoulish Halloween!

Diane said...

You go, girl! Congrats! :)

Ducky said...

Phenomenal and encouraging! Also, really awesome to know that someone else gains weight in the summer. I do. EVERY SINGLE YEAR... the summer is the worst for me.

Ellen aka Ellie said...

I've run in a few 5Ks, but I always hated it, so I've turned back to walking. I now walk faster than I ever ran without the jolts to my body.

So there we go!

My problem has been I think I can eat anything I see just because I'm exercising. Oops...

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! I have been running off and on for about two years. I'm not a natural runner, but I do like the feeling of accomplishing something that is very challenging to me!

Aleta said...

Congratulations!! Awesome job :)

Di said...

Go you! The extent of my running is having Jellybean chase me around the yard. One day I'll work out again!

KC said...

Congrats! That's great. My husband hope to do that one day too

Heather said...

I feel the same exact way about everything...the bucket list, the running, the couch to 5k, the not losing weight, but feeling fitter, everything.

I have stopped running for several months and am so depressed because I feel like I lost so much ground. But I have pretty much decided that I am going to suck it up and just start the couch to 5K again. I feel like that is the only way to motivate me again.

Congratulations on the 5K and you know crossing something off your non-bucket list.

doseofreality said...

That is AWESOME! I tried so hard to do the Couch to 5K, and I just couldn't pull it off. I am super impressed with you! :)

Shell said...

Good for you for doing this!!!! I really want to try to run... I have a couch to 5K app I downloaded... now to actually do it.

Was this the color race? I had wanted to do it(even if I ended up walking)- but we were supposed to have soccer.

Babes Mami said...

Awesome!!

Carli Alice said...

This is so awesome! I recently started running and can't wait to do my first 5K. I'd love to hear a recap of your first race.

Running is hard and not everyone enjoys it. Maybe one day we'll bith enjoy it and get a runners high. :-)

Happy Saturday Sharefest!

Michelle said...

Good for you!

OneMommy said...

What an accomplishment!
Congrats!
(I don't have one of those bucket lists, either... but if I were going to have one, that would be a cool thing to check off!)

Stopping in from SITS

Nicole said...

This is awesome! Running a 5K is a big thing. Be proud of your accomplishment, bucket list or not!
I'm stopping by from SITS Sharefest.

Id Student said...

So awesome! This is very inspiring:-) visiting from SITS

misssrobin said...

I'm so proud of you! What a wonderful thing. One little step at a time.

I hate running, too, and you've even got me considering it.

Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

Savvy WorkingGal said...

I’ve never been overly fond of bucket lists either – I’ve always felt I wrote something on a "bucket list" I would jinx it. Good for you for running a 5k though. I have done all sorts of fitness routines over the years and running is not one of my favorites – it is also hard on the joints. I've had the most success with activities I find fun. Have you tried Zumba?

Stopping by from SITS.

Sheila Skillingstead said...

I also don't have a bucket list, but keep track of things I want to do. Nice post. Enjoy Sharefest.

Mimi B said...

HA! You did "that" 5K? That's so cool. Congrats!! My daughter did it this year for the first time! I get a stitch in my side just walking to the mailbox. lol I'm not a runner AT ALL. Oh, and I don't have a bucket list. If I did it would just be one more thing I haven't accomplished. =)

Charlotte Klein said...

OMG!!! You are SO VERY AWESOME!!! GO YOU! Running has never been my thing either but that runner's high sounds infectious. At least from some of the people who have described it for me before. I guess it's all just hype though, eh? Even still, I'm totally impressed and so many kudos to you, momma! XOXO