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.
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. 🙂