So can you

I’m running a half marathon in September. Really. Thirteen miles. There are several reasons for this. I need to drop the 20 pounds I’ve gained in the past 2 years. (Blogger Butt is a real thing.) It’s a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. You already know that I do some work with people on the autism spectrum. I watch families struggle to get proper diagnosis and battle to get services that will help their kid thrive and succeed.

If I can hustle to raise some money for advocacy and assistance, I’m gonna do it. (I was wacked out on post-root canal pain meds when I read this post by a local autism parent. I texted Angela to see if she was willing to do this with me, and we immediately signed up. True story.)

For all my decisiveness in signing up, I’ve procrastinated and waffled with my training. I went from:

I want to be able to run 10 minute miles
It’s a walkable course, so I can walk and run
I can’t run in my new neighborhood, the streets are too narrow and I can’t afford a gym, so I can’t train.
I’ll just walk the whole thing.


Then I had to buy a new bathing suit for my Tucson trip.

Then I got winded carrying laundry up the stairs.

Then I started sleeping even worse and got grumpy.

Then I stopped making excuses.

I joined a gym ($10/month and the woman who gave me a tour is also a massage therapist! Good omen there.)

I found my obnoxiously bright yellow running shirt for the occasional outdoor jaunt.

I bought the Florence and the Machine album (affiliate link) I’ve been wanting for a while. It’s awesome.

I started on week 3 of the Get Running: Couch to 5 K program last week.

I registered for the 5K at Patriot Place on July 3rd. I get to run though the giant helmet and finish on the 50 yard line!

Let me be clear, I am not a natural athlete. I hated phys ed as a kid and I have a very real fear of flying off a treadmill whilst everyone in the gym stops their workout to turn and laugh at me. My point? If I can do this, so can you. If I can crank up the motivation and shut down the negative voices in my head that want me to stay on the couch eating donuts, so can you.

Oh, and while I’m training this summer I plan to increase my massage schedule to at least 3 per month. So can you. 

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Update- 7/4/2012

I ran the 5K at Gillette Stadium last night. Well, I ran some and walked some. Averaging 14 minute miles, my time was certainly not impressive. But I ran every step of these ramps, up & down. And I feel good about that. Believe this: If I can do it, so can you. 


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