I've considered myself a runner ever since my first Cross Country practice in my Freshman year of high school. I improved quite a bit during the three years I was active on the team, but once I got busy with A.P. classes and more responsibilities in the community service club I was Vice President in, I ended up leaving the team and not replacing that active time with something equally active. This takes a toll on your body when you're used to eating chocolate muffins every day and not gaining an ounce because you're running 5 times a week. It's now been more than 10 years since I've been active on a consistent, challenging basis and boy is it difficult to get back into! However, suddenly I have a target to aim for-- a holiday 5k in November, where not only will I be directly participating, but I'll also be in charge of the Datz Restaurant Group's team. This work project is going to keep me accountable and focused in a way that getting in shape solely based on numbers on a scale never could. I need to finish the race strong because I'm representing my employer AND myself. And as Jennifer Lopez said in 'The Wedding Planner" when she faced the impossible: "I love a challenge! I'm a professional!" Technically it was slightly more adult wording than that, but we're gonna keep it PG. ;)
So, long story short, I'm going to kill two birds with one stone. I'm going to get healthier and exercise on a consistent basis and I'm going to kick butt in this holiday 5k. Wish me luck.