Tell everyone you know that you’ve quit

It is apparently an essential part of, say, quitting smoking. You announce to the world that you’re doing it, then the world supports you or, at least, you’re encouraged to follow through with it because otherwise you’re gonna feel really stupid in front of the world.

So here goes, I’m going to run a 5K. It’s a simple goal, its not an incredibly difficult goal, it is a good first-step to getting healthier and getting back into doing regular physical activity and losing some weight.

And I have the advantage that I’m following the Couch to 5K Running Plan, which is a gradual 9 week program, and I’ve already completed week 4. Oh, and this guy called Robert Ullrey made a great podcast that makes it that much easier to follow the program.

Perhaps its the frantic pace of the last couple weeks, perhaps its the travel to Chicago, or the heat, or maybe its just knowing that week 5 is where things really start getting harder, but for some reason I’ve started doing what I’d managed to avoid for the entire last month: putting off my runs.

Week 4 Supplemental Run Graph

So here it is, world. I’m going to run a 5K. I’m going to be in shape to do it five weeks from today. Because I’m going to finish this damn program. And now that I’ve announced it to the world, my only goal is to avoid looking stupid. 🙂

3 Comments

  1. That’s great! I have also recently (well, since December) taken up running too. You should come visit and I can take you for a nice jog around town 😉

  2. This isn’t really related, though I am glad you posted these links. I was looking for them via google and couldn’t find the blog.
    However, because your quest for fitness is somewhat contradicted by your quest for good cheese, I have to recommend the Huntsman cheese I tried from Whole Foods, last week. It was both sharp and smelly and altogether delicious. This week I’m trying the Munster Marcillat Alsatian. Was yours a good pick?

  3. I don’t remember what mine was called, but its not bad. I had some more last night, but its not as creamy as I was led to believe by the packaging. Not sure I’ll be able to get through a whole cheese in one week, though, might have to make this a bi-weekly quest.

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