2019 goals – 5k – again

Can you all believe it’s already closing in on the end of January? We’re three weeks into the new year already. If things keep progressing like they have been, it’ll be just like last year. I’ll be posting in March, hardly believing that “it’s been three months already.”

So before time completely gets away from me, I have a whole list of things that I want to try and accomplish this year! I’m sure a lot of those won’t stick, but it’s the positive mindset that I’ve been looking at.

A lot of those came along while I was thinking of my Non-Scale Victories, and a good majority of them were from my goals page. When I wrote those, I’d honestly thought that I would be able to get through them in 2018. Needless to say I didn’t.

I hadn’t put much thought into them shortly after I’d written that (I know, horrible of me) but with everything that had been going on those goals were the last thing on my mind.

Now, with my whole “balance” theme of the year, I really want to try and get through some of those goals!

Do I think I’ll be able to do a handstand, or the salmon ladder, or Mudderella? Hardly, I have the upper body strength of a guppy. But there are somethings on there that I should be able to accomplish. And the only thing that was holding me back was a weird combination of time restraints, procrastination, and/or pure laziness.

For instance…wasn’t I supposed to do a 5k in September? Obviously that didn’t happened. Yeah, I signed up for the reminders for a certain race. But honestly, I didn’t even start to begin the C25K program (because, hello, there is no way in hell I’m going to be able to run a 5k without anything less than that). I couldn’t even tell you exactly what it was. I had all the excuses… I haven’t started the c25k because I didn’t know when the race was going to be. I can’t sign up for a race because I need at least 3 months to prepare…and there aren’t any in Michigan. I’m too busy, I’m always working.

Yada, yada, yada. The excuses were a mile long.

Dude, I’m great at excuses.

But I’m hoping that I’m able to get off the excuse track and actually start doing something.

So for this year…

I will do a 5k

That has been a goal of mine since 2012… SEVEN YEARS AGO… I’d actually even started the c25k program April of that year. I’d gotten about 3 weeks into, I believe? I was all ready to sign up, I’d even designed shirts. I didn’t go through with it, and to be honest, at this point… I don’t even know what the reason excuse was.

But I’ve been putting it off for seven years. Part of it is that I’m honestly scared to do it. I’m not a runner. I’ve never been a runner. The idea of it isn’t “oh it’ll be so much fun!” because I already know that it won’t be. I’m a chubby girl who hates running. Hello, recipe for disaster.

The whole thing surrounding it is to do something I’ve never done. I have never run any length of distance. I think the last mile I willingly ran was in middle school… which means we’re pushing twenty years (let’s ignore for a moment of how old that makes me feel).

To be honest, though, I doubt that’s the only reason. This could be some kind of “all healthy people run” mentality. It could be a “do something that terrifies you.” Hell, it could even be my pride trying to force myself to actually run.

I can’t narrow down motivation for it, except that it’s to do something I’ve never done. I know myself better than to think that’s the only reason. But for now, that’ll be the reason.

So, that’s it. For the seventh year in row… I am saying I’m going to do a 5k.

And at this moment, I can honestly say that I mean it. Let’s just hope that Nicole in 4 months from now doesn’t change her mind *wink*

We shall see!

Running a 5k? Still?

Do you all remember back in December when I’d said something about running a 5k in September?

Well, here we are in April, and that is still the goal. Who’da thought, four months later and that’s still a thing? Considering, when I showed up training last month and our Superwoman Training Head Honcho Superwoman was still 100% gung-ho all abouts it (which of course, made me all gung=ho about it)? Yep, still happening. Do you see what I mean about The WonderWoman of Commitment???

Anyways, still hoping to do the Color Run!

Unfortunately the only ones in our state happened on Monday and it’ll come again in July. I keep obsessively checking the website to see if they’ve updated through to November (we’d heard that they generally have on in November), but they haven’t. #boo

Granted, November pushes our date well past the original September, but still. I’m still pretty optimistic that they’ll have on closer to our date, there is still a city in my state that hasn’t been listed as far as dates go, and I even went and signed up for a notification for when that time comes.

We’re in uncharted territory, people! I don’t believe I’ve actually ever signed up to receive updates. It’s not the same as signing up to actually run it, but still. Baby steps.

So, aside from that preparation… I’m getting ready to start the c25k program all over again.

It’s early, but it takes 9 weeks. And I have no clue when the day is going to be posted. Earlier I start the earlier I can finish. Silver Lining.

Biggest problem right now is the snow. In case you didn’t know, Michigan has no understanding of how seasons work. We have a good 4-8 inches in my area. Definitely not jogging/walking weather for someone who hates running, and also hates being cold. I’m really hoping all this snow is gone by May (how sad is it that us Michiganders can’t be sure if we’ll still have snow in MAY?!) so I can get a good head start in the whole business of running a 5k in general.

I figure if I get going on this devil’s errand as early as possible, I might be in good shape for when I ACTUALLY RUN A 5K.

We shall see!

I think I’m doing a 5k?

Imagine you’re going to the season finale of your job’s monthly training. And through some half-joking/half-serious/half-bluffing you mention running a 5k. Then imagine your training coordinator (as in the head honcho, superwoman of training, wonderwoman of commitment) says the following phrase:

“Well, then. We’ll run a 5k in September.”

What do you do with that?

I’ll tell you.

You freaking prepare yourself for a 5k in t-minus 9 months. You freaking do a 5k in September! Duh!

Generally, the thought of running grosses me out. Yeah, yeah, I know… I’ve said half a dozen times I’m going to do a 5k. It’s literally the very first goal on my NSV list of things I wanna be able to accomplish on the goals page.

It’s always been on my bucket list of things. If you’d followed this blog for any length of tie, I’d started the c25k program back in 2012 AND back in 2014.

Neither time was successful. I believe the furthest I made it was day 12? Although, that was BRUTAL.

The first time around, I was just entertaining the idea. The second time I’d thought I’d have some friends going with me. Biggest difference for both times… I didn’t have the Head Honch, SUPERWOMAN of training, WONDERWOMAN of commitment saying “let’s do it!”

After my initial “haha, yeah, ok” train of thought, then the “wait, I think she’s serious,” then to “shock” the idea sounds pretty awesome. And surprisingly, I’m pretty excited. For now. I’m pretty sure that train of thought will change when I’m gasping for breath trying to jog to the mailbox.

But it’s one of those things. You say something off the wall, for shits and giggles… then there is that one person on the FACE OF THIS PLANET who has this amazing talent to make you actually want to do the things you’re uncomfortable or scared of doing.

Whew.

But for the sake of my sanity. I’m looking into the Color Run. You know… the 5k run/walk that people throw colored powder on you? I want something fun for my doom. And color powder will at least make my doom pretty, happy, and fun.

People say to find motivation in everything you do. #workgoals

It’ll be interesting.

Now, I’m NOT a runner. Never been a runner. Probably won’t ever be a “runner.” So I know I need to ease into it. So I’ll be getting back on the c25k wagon. When it get closer to that time, I’ll be keeping you updated!

Until then,