Saturday, January 26, 2008

FIRST ITEM ON "THE LIST"One of the items on my LIST is to run a 5K. I have always been interested in running a race. Runners seem so motivated. Well, Carpe Diem, that's what I say!! I am officially running my first race, with my good friend, Amanda, on March 29th! It is a 5K and I am really excited about it. I am going to follow this training schedule.

I have had several friends and family members who have been very negative and doubtful of my abilities to do this. I admit, at first it really hurt my feelings. But, I have decided to turn the negative comments into extra motivation. I am starting today and my registration is in the mail!!

I am really excited to train for and run this race because:
-It is something I would like to check off "my list"
-I like competition, a challenge, working toward a goal
-I have weight to lose
-It will be fun to do this with my friend
-It will be exciting to measure my progress

There are a few things I need to get.
-New tennis shoes
-New battery in my sports watch
-New sports bra
-A workout outfit or two (I have gotten rid of all my old ratty tee shirts and old soccer shorts)
-Some upbeat tunes for the Ipod

I would like your input on the last one. Do you have a particular song or playlist that you find really motivating for exercise? I would love some suggestions.
I am looking forward to turning my dreams into a reality. The first step is today, when I put my tennis shoes on and hit the pavement.


*This image from beckham2007 on flickr.com

10 comments:

  1. Awesome! Don't know about the songs, but the best running/tennis shoes I've ever had (and will stick with) are made by doctors: Brooks Raduis 7. They are SO comfy and cushiony. So.... if I can't think of anything to put on my LIST, does that mean I'm missing out on life, or I'm just really content? Really, I can't think of anything at all. Maybe you should brainstorm with me sometime.

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  2. Good for you, Laurel! I'm behind you all the way. Well, actually, I'll be way behind you sitting on my butt waiting to hear how it goes! Ha! :)

    Seriously, you have my support. Forget about the negative comments...

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

    You go girl!

    As for the tunes, I have no suggestions except where to point you if you want a lot of answers to your question...

    http://answers.yahoo.com/

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  3. I so admire runners. Kudos for getting a plan together. Your motivation is inspiring!
    Becky

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  4. yay for the new sports bra we got yesterday! now for tunes,

    madonna, the album that has Holiday on it.
    prince
    fergie
    the cars
    a few death cab songs
    bay city rollers.

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  5. james brown
    beastie boys...hey!

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  6. run D.M.C.
    rocky soundtrack

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  7. I am inspired by your list and your motivation. I picked up running between kid #3-4 - when the day comes that I am not pregnant I will definitely pick it up again. You will learn to love it.

    Kinda of strange but I like Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run" - something about the grit in his voice . . . I also always have a little Dave Matthews, Fergie and Dixie Chicks.

    Good luck to you - you will come to cherish your running time.

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  8. Oh, Laurel. I am so impressed. I used to run. I wish i could get back into it now. I am not good with my ipod so I don't really have a workout play list.

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  9. Good for you!!! I so admire your doing this!! I will sip coffee from my bedside and cheer you on :)
    Don't know about some good tunes...I am a country music girl for the most part :) Maybe Shania?? :)

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  10. ok i wrote a comment but it didn't show up - a 5k is awesome and you will love running it!!! It is such a great high when you finish and will help jumpstart your future running. I know you can do it and think you will really enjoy it. My music suggestion is the Step Up Soundtrack. Great upbeat songs with clean lyrics! I listen it to at least one song from it every run.

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