Do it anyway

So, I’ve written about how eager I was to start the Couch25K plan, an 8 week program that gets you off the couch and running 3 miles in about 2 months. (download the free podcasts here).

What I haven’t written about is the transformation that is occurring.

“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” Arthur Blank

Oh, there’s a wee part of me that whispers shh don’t talk about it yet, you’re only in week 3.  But there’s a stronger, louder, more powerful part of me that tells her to shut it.

Because here’s what I need to say:

I mustered up my courage and actually went into a running store. You know the kind: everyone in there is a 9′ tall gazelle with 3% body fat and knows what to do with the hydration stuff and anti chafing products sitting at the till.

Not me.

I ambled in, took a deep breath and let the athletic gal fitting me know that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  She found me some new runners and let me try them out. And I did. I ran in the store.  Me. I know! And here’s the thing: I didn’t care who saw me.

Yes I still have my old tanks and sports bras and I haven’t invested in any new shorts or cute outfits. I run on a treadmill and the only one who sees my wardrobe is the 12-year-old dog who is partially deaf and near-sighted.

But the very best part is this: Everything, and I mean, everything – my job, my co-workers, my family, my ancient, arthritic dog, and even our neglected house have taken a backseat to this.


Because nothing I’ve ever purchased, tasted or experienced has ever made me feel as alive as this does. Nothing.  I love everything about it! I love the sweating (and I’m talking rivers of sweat).  I love the endurance and confidence I’m gaining. I’m loving the kick-a** way 30 minutes of this makes me feel. I love that moment that comes in the middle of a workout when my inner lizard harps that I can’t possibly finish; I love to silence her by pushing through anyway. I’m loving how well I sleep at night.  I love the “atta-girls” I get from the Hubbs and the pride I feel when I reach another milestone.

At 49, I’m loving that I can.

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What have you discovered about yourself lately?

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  1. What I’ve learned is that a new challenge makes my day go faster, and somehow those 34″ waist blue jeans are getting a little loose. (you could have linked Mac Davis’ song “Lord…it’s hard to be humble…when you’re perfect in every way” Great job and be a little careful…don’t bust a hip for crying out loud! 🙂

    • absolutely! Those new fitness routines challenge much more than just our bodies 🙂 Good for you for seeing the results in your jeans? Isn’t that fun? I had that happen to me last weekend, it was cooler all of a sudden, so jeans were in order. They slipped on easily .. to the point that I’d forgotten how long it had been since I’d worn those particular ones.

      so far, no hip breaking but I do have some muscle aches & pains. I’ve been very faithful about doing all of the stretches that accompany this routine.

  2. Love the glee in your voice……rock on 🙂

  3. The hardest thing to keep our weight down is the most worth every effort as it helps us feel younger and healthy. Enjoyed your post!

    • You are so right! This is going to sound kind of weird, but I actually enjoy the muscle aches and such b/c they are a reminder of all I’ve accomplished. I’ve also hurt my back by sitting too long at my desk so I think I’ll choose workout soreness over that 🙂

      Thanks for weighing in, Melody.

  4. Standing up, clapping and laughing with glee because girlfriend I KNOW that feeling!! Isn’t it absolutely amazing! Wooooooo!

    • I know you know but you may not realize that you gave me inspiration to try. The endorphin rush is worth the huffing and puffing, that’s for sure.

      Best sign I saw on Pinterest about running? “Run like you stole something”


  5. Go, MJ, cheer on! This reminds me of the image of you riding in your red car singing out strong.

    • Thank you, Georgette. I still love that car; went for a cross-country trip yesterday through meadows, farms & fields. It was a beautiful fall day, my tunes were cranking and I had the wind in my hair and the sun on me the whole way. So restorative for a farm girl to get out of the office and into the country.

      At some point I will run outside but we live at the top of a long hill and I understand the trajectory that could occur if I had one misstep headed down it 🙂


  6. Well, I wasn’t going to tell you yet but… I’m not sure if I should cuss ya or kiss ya because I’m starting week two tomorrow. I downloaded from your link a post or two ago those pod-casts and though I’m not all that crazy about the music I LOVE someone in my ear telling me when to run and then when to walk! Thank you MJ…it’s going well so far and when I get a little stronger (week 3?) I’m gonna drag one or both my horses along. Shelby is too crippled to come with me and it would be nice to have some company.
    Happy Running!!

    • That’s outstanding, D!! Yay on you. Like you, I don’t love the music choices but I find it much easier to have someone cue me than if I try and remember where in the cycle I am 🙂 I hope you continue and that you enjoy it as well,

  7. I’m so, so, so happy to read this. You are responsible for the huge grin on my face right now. I’m so proud of you for doing it.. and I’m thrilled that you’re loving it for the same reasons I did, and still do. You’re going to do awesome! Keep up the good work, and definitely keep updating us on your progress! Way to go girl!!!

  8. Good on you, MJ! Keep it up. I have been running also, trying to build up after the broken ankle. I will have to check out the podcasts, though I can’t imagine running three miles straight. Ha! You are INSPIRING!! 🙂

    • I hope that ankle is holding up OK! I love the podcasts, not crazy over the music but having someone cue you as to when to crank it up is a lot easier than trying to keep track on my own. Cheers! MJ

  9. YEAH! You GO, girl!

    I know what you’re feeling! There is something so very frustrating and yet so very rewarding about running. I went to the gym this morning to run 3 miles on the treadmill. I looked at the clock when I was done and thought, “That can’t be right!” I’ve gotten faster!

    Keep it up. You’re inspiring!

  10. Yay for you, MJ! although I’m not a runner, I do enjoy my morning walk and the results I enjoy from keeping at it.

  11. Good for you, MJ! Three weeks in is awesome! Congrats to you!
    When Rob and I decided to motivate each other to run/walk consistently, I bought new shoes and cute outfits. As someone who doesn’t give a rat’s behind what I look like, I must admit – putting on a cute walking outfit has put a pep in my step. I kinda like ‘dressing up’ to get sweaty. Here’s to your continued success and maybe a new cute workout outfit! 🙂

    • I like your way of thinking, Lenore Diane! There definitely are plenty of cute lil outfits at the running store; I’m happy to fit into other things I already have, but I sure understand what you mean 🙂

      Happy walking!! MJ

  12. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Keep on keepin’ on–it gets easier, and the reward multiply. And even though my transformation came on the seat of a bike, the feelings are the same–sheer joy! You can do this!

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