P90 X…you’ve all seen the infomercial, with the crazy ripped new mom, and the old guy who is more buff than he was in the military, etc. Well, a bunch of my co-workers and local bar frequenters have started P-90 X together. They are on maybe week number two or three. I like to ask them, pretty much on a daily basis, if the beer they are drinking is Tony Horton approved and a part of the official P90X diet plan. Hey, what’s “family” without a little heckling, right?
But seriously, I have had this workout DVD set on my wish list since I first saw that grandma do a one armed push up. Today, while
heckling discussing the P90X with my coworkers, I contemplated out loud how I just wouldn’t have time to do it. OK, I would have time, but then I wouldn’t have time to run as well. It’s an hour long, 6 days a week program. I could just see Rich’s eyes rolling when I announce to him that once I return from a 3 hour long run he’s still on solo baby duty, because I’ll be tackling a 1 hour DVD. Ha!
The resounding group answer to my thought was “well you wouldn’t NEED to run if you were doing p90X” .
To which I replied, “but I LIKE to run”.
Them: “But, like, you wouldn’t HAVE to run, this would be enough of a workout”.
Me: ” Sooo…when I show up to my next marathon start line I can say ‘watch out everyone! I may not have run in months, but I’ve got killer biceps!’ how does that help me run 26.2 miles?”
More blank stares.
Me: “I don’t run to be skinny…I run because….never mind.” (obviously they didn’t’ read my blog about how running is making me fat)
I got “This girl is nuts” stares from all around.
I started seriously running when my oldest son was just shy of 3 months old. I ran simply to try and shed the baby weight. I will never ever forget the first run, post baby. I hadn’t been what I would consider an athlete in years, and I used my pregnancy as a PERFECT excuse to sit on my butt. So one day, I left the baby with Rich, and went for it. I ran/walked/struggled through a mile. It took me about 16 minutes. My face was red, I felt like I was having an asthma attack, and I got a huge blister on the back of my heel (yeah, from one lousy mile). I stumbled in the house, dizzy, and proceeded to puke my guts out. No joke. It was awful.
But the next day, I went out again. I despised the way my body looked and felt, and I wanted to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes again. So I ran. And I ran the next day. And the next…and the next. And before I knew it, I was going further. There was less gasping and puking. Before I knew it, my clothes fit again, and I actually WANTED to run. I loved it. I loved the way it made me feel, and I hated the way I felt without it.
That was two and a half years ago. There has been another pregnancy/baby and a few spells without running since (some longer than others, thanks baby Kain!). I’ve loved running, hated running, and am back to loving running once again. I really can’t imagine my life without it. I could list the reasons I love to run, but I’m pretty sure 95% of you reading this are fellow runners, so I don’t need to explain to you, because you get it.
It’s those non runners, they just don’t’ get us, do they? It’s really too bad for them 🙂
today was 3.21 easy miles with the double jogger and both boys. 9 mile long run scheduled for Sunday, with a little UFC 100 satisfying my (not so) secret crush on GSP on Saturday night. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! But before you go: A little Linky LOVE to start off your weekend:
-A big thanks to Lisa at WorkoutMommy, for interviewing me as the “One Fit Mommy” of the week! And to everyone who made their way over here via her blog, welcome. Or as my toddler would say “what’s up?” haha.
-Marlene over at Mission to Another Marathon is having a giveaway to celebrate her 500th post. Included in the giveaway are recovery socks, which are on my new current “covet” list, so I had to enter !
-Facebook friend/marathon maniac Brad posted this link on facebook today, and I can’t get enough of it! You know me and my race medals! You should totally check it out: 26point2medals.com (Brad makes the very cool medal hangers for sale on that site. I have one and can vouch for how nice they are!)
That’s it for today. Happy running, friends!