Tuesday, February 09, 2010

From Sloth to Triathlete

I've been so focused on accomplishing the huge goal of quitting my job this year, that my other huge goal of getting fit and healthy has been getting neglected.

Maybe it goes beyond neglect. Maybe I've abused this goal. I've been drinking a lot of alcohol, partially in celebration and partially to take the edge off my fear of failure. I've been eating a lot, too, for the same reasons. I've been using stress as an excuse to eat and neglect my health, which is really nothing new for me.

If it were possible to do the opposite of exercise (something beyond simply lying on the couch with the remote in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie in the other), I've been doing that, too. Yoga and my P90X workout are my red-headed step-children, crying in the corner.

So when I received an e-mail from a fit friend who's preparing to run a 10K as part of the Mermaid Run in mid-April, I took it as a sign and promptly registered for the 5K version. Mind you, I can't run to the refrigerator without getting winded, so this will take some doing. But I found a training program online that promises to get me from the couch to running a 5K in two months.

Which is the exact amount of time between now and the Mermaid Run.

So starting Thursday, I begin my new training program designed to transform me from a couch potato to a 5K champ.


(P.S. It's a female-only run. Register here.)


  1. I would so be with you-minor problem, I'm almost 7 months preggers. Awesome that you're doing the Mermaid. I did it-came in dead last in the swim but had so much fun!!! You can do it!!!

  2. Trisha - congratulations!! Christina mentioned that to me the other day, that's really exciting.