Since I'm going all confessional on the Meltingpot these days, I am going to admit something here that I don't like to tell most people. I have ADD...when it comes to exercise.
One minute I'm training for the marathon, the next I'm trying to get my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I sign up for African dance class only to drop out two classes in. I paid a personal trainer to develop a workout plan just for me, only to ask for my money back once I realized how boring gym workouts really are. And the result of all this stopping and starting? I'm out of shape and I have a closest full of useless workout gear. Okay, my closet isn't that full, but I do have a purple hula hoop, two jump ropes, pink dumbells, and one of those inflatable workout balls that I NEVER use.
I think my main problem is, I get bored really easily and I'm really just too lazy to force myself to work out. If I didn't have kids or a job, this wouldn't be a problem, because I do like to exercise. But if I have to get up at the crack of dawn to fit a workout in, it ain't happening. Likewise, if you think I'm going to go running in sub-zero weather, you are mistaken. Also, I love swimming. I swam competitively for ten years as a child, but these days, I won't swim in the winter because I hate being wet and cold. I think that's a result of the aging process. Maybe I should move to Florida?
In the meantime, I've decided I can't go out like this. For the last two years my body has done some crazy things -- rejected wheat and sugar and succumbed to almost every illness that came my way -- and now I want to build it back up to super human levels. Or at least healthy ones. So, (drumroll please) I've decided to sign up for a 10-mile road race here in Philly.
The race is called The Broad Street Run and it is an annual tradition in my new hometown. The race date is Sunday, May 2, 2010 and training for me starts this week. That gives me 13 weeks to figure out how to run 10 miles without dying, I mean collapsing...or dying. I figure giving myself a specific challenge, with a relatively "short" training period, I might be able to best the ADD. And now that I've just told the whole entire world via this blog, that I intend to run, I'm hoping you can all be like my Weight Watchers buddies and cheer me along as I train. And by all means don't let me quit. I'm really good at that. Really good.
And fyi, I've never run 10 miles before, but once upon time, back in high school I ran cross country and several road races, but that was YEARS ago. If I can run a mile now, I will be impressed. But I have to start somewhere.
So, words of advice? Training tips? Training food since I can't eat pasta? I'll take them all.
Thanks for listening. And chime in with your own healthy goals. We can inspire each other.
P.S. I think we all need a superstar to emulate when we take on physical tasks. Since the second grade my superhero has always been, Wilma Rudolph. If you don't know her triumphant story, read about her here. I'm going to be channeling her spirit every day.