Anytime any one of us set out on a major life change where the results are plainly obvious to everyone you meet they always wants to know what made you decide that you needed to make a change. It is hard for me to pin down one thing in particular that tipped the scales, but there is one conversation that stands out to me. A couple of weeks ago we were talking here in the office about how our secretary had just completed a marathon, and all of the preparation, pay off, and pain that she experienced. My boss made the comment that he thought I could run a 5k if I worked at it, he then proceeded to up the stakes. He told me that if I completed the task by Thanksgiving 2012 he would pay me $100, $200 if I managed to complete a 10K.
So that was it, call it a moment of “don’t tell me I can’t” or maybe it was just plain greed, but at that moment I decided I was going to at least try. So now that I have three friends willing to act as coaches for this journey, as well as another dose of incentives added to the pot. I believe this is the most motivated and serious I have ever been to change my lifestyle.
Tonight the journey to run a 5K begins, it’s a cool crisp evening and I have no plans tonight, so I am going to see how far I can walk. To tell you the truth I don’t even know if I can walk a 5K, 3.1 miles, so I will let you know how it goes. I have to go and get a good pair of walking/running shoes, and then set off on my 5K quest.