It's been a year since I downloaded the first podcast of "Couch to 5K." For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's an 8 week running program designed for absolute novices. I wasn't an absolute novice, but I think the last time I had gone running was in college. There was one summer in high school where I ran regularly, but even in college, I was an occasional runner.
It started when my friend Beth kept talking about how much she loved running. Like me, she was an 'I hate running' kind of person, and then all of a sudden, she started singing its praises. She told me about this program she did, and how now she loved running, and she was going to start training for a 10K next. I was almost 1 year post-baby and still hanging on to some weight, and I knew I needed to get back into exercising regularly. Running seemed like the best option, and if I could get to the point where I'd actually like it, so much the better.
Although Beth was my inspiration, I never could have done it without David. He tirelessly encouraged me to keep at it (and still does)--and of course he was watching the kids the whole time I was training. I worked my way up to 30 minutes, and while the winter was a bit touch and go, I'm still running 30 minutes, 2-3 times a week.
I wish I could say I like it, but as I was commenting to David this morning before my run, I can't think of one time where I was excited to go running. But I still go, helped by the fact that my definition of a good run is one where I get out the door. :) So I guess that makes me a runner.