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Very refreshing     

Posted by Katherine Putnam on August 16th, 2012

“Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room. — I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude.”

I think I may have suffered from temporary insanity: I signed up for a 5k.

I’ll wait until you recover from your fainting spell. Done? Okay.

Yes, that’s right. I skipped right past a refreshing turn about the room and right to a ridiculous race. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a rather sedentary person. Marathoning Community or the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica? Completely normal. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Resolving to get up early each weekday morning to work out in preparation for not jumping on our nation’s obesity/diabetes bandwagon a 5k? There be something a bit odd there.

But I swear, it’s true.

And I haven’t just resolved to workout. I am working out. It kind of bites. But it’s kind of glorious at the same time.

I guess I shouldn’t keep saying “I,” as it’s more of a “we” thing. Chris is the one who suggested the 5k. (It’s called the Sasquatch Run, or some variation thereof. And no, you’re not chased across the trail by a Sasquatch. Yes, I too thought that would have made an excellent motivator.) So every weekday morning we arise an hour or so early to either: use the elliptical machines at Messiah (a lower impact workout for my splint-prone-shins), run around our neighborhood, or complete a 30 minute cardio/weight training combo video (said video consistently hands us our derrieres on a platter).

We had been working out rather inconsistently for awhile now (one to three days a week, often with several weeks of unintended breaks in between), but with a goal ahead of us, we’re extra motivated. Of course, the larger goals of losing a bit of the college weight, getting more tone/strength in our muscles, and generally being a bit healthier are always there, but there’s nothing like the potential humiliation of coming in last in a race to really get you going. Depending on how this first one goes, I may look into doing more 5ks. There’s one in particular that looks super-awesome-fun: The Color Run.

So, wish us luck (come mid-September)! I’d add “wish Clem luck” since he is also participating, but he’s going to smoke us so hard as it is, he really doesn’t need the luck.

Cheers,

Katherine Elyse


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