Let me preface what I'm about to say by asking you a question: What do you do when you're feeling a little stressed out? Or when you're having a bad day?
When I get some bad news or am feeling overwhelmed, my first reaction is often a strong desire to escape. To hit the sheets for a nice, long nap. Or to read the kind of book in which no learning of any kind takes place.
In other words, my first reaction is to simply run away.
But not to physically run.
As in putting two feet in front of the other at a quick pace. Or as Merriam Webster defines it, to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step.
That kind of running away sounds like sweating could be involved.
And I'm not a big fan of sweat.
In fact, about the only way I'd be guaranteed to actually run is if you put a belt made of bacon around my waist and released a pack of hungry dogs.
But lately, when I'm feeling a little stressed, mixed in with my feeling of escape is a tiny, tiny twinge of pent-up energy that needs a release. And it feels like I need to release it through running.
And Lord knows that since I passed the big 4-0 marker two years ago, I could certainly stand to do some kind of moving.
So here's the deal.
I'm seriously considering doing the Couch to 5K Program. It's for nine weeks and only requires you to exercise three times per week.
My oldest daughter is interested in walking/running along with me and I thought it might be fun to celebrate the end of our nine week adventure by actually running in a real 5K. (who is this person writing today's post??)
Why am I telling you this?
So that you can have the freedom to hold me accountable. To ask me how the program is coming. To request to see the medal I'm going to receive when I win that 5K race.
Oh, I jest.
But maybe you can ask to see my participant ribbon.
So, how many of you are runners out there? Or at least movers of some sort? Do you think I can do this? Keep in mind I have 42 year old knees....
And for those who aren't, what do you do when you need a little escape from life?