Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Walrus-Sized Kick in the Pants

Ever since that meeting with Palmer College, I've been thinking of ways our family can better live a healthy lifestyle. All I can say is I've got a long way to go. C, in all of his awesomeness, is training for a freaking marathon. He comes home from his runs totally jazzed, though his latest 16-miler put him out of commission for a bit. I, on the other hand, cringe at the thought of running more than a mile at a time. I didn't used to be like this. Exercise was a big part of my life before we got married. I don't know what happened. It's not healthy though. I think I just need a kick in the pants. A big one.

I remember going to Sea World with my family for Thanksgiving my freshman year at BYU. The animal that made the biggest impact on me was the walrus. He was the fattest thing I'd ever seen. He couldn't even move. My sister leaned over to me and commented on how looking at a walrus is enough motivation to do whatever it takes to avoid the "freshman 15" [in my case, 30].  I agree. Look at this kid:

So, shortly following our little jaunt down to Florida, I got my tail in gear and started running again. I bought a gym membership and went every day. I've since fallen off that wagon. I'll start P90X and stop a week in. It's just not my thing.

I need some motivation. I could run the half-marathon on the same day as his marathon in June. I haven't committed yet. What do you think? And if you've got a surefire way to motivate yourself to get moving, I'd love to hear it!


  1. Find a friend!! That's the only time I was able to go running, when I had a friend to go with. Alternatively, if C goes running in the evening, leave at the same time as him and then just run as far/fast as you want to. It's not as fun to run by yourself, but at least it gets you out the door. Or start biking to work... that's what I'm going to do now that it's warm!

  2. Thanks for the advice Becca! I was worried about this suggestion...lol. Looks like I'm going to have to swallow my pride and get used to running with my man!

  3. I sign up for a bunch of 5k's. It's not a long distance but it keeps me running every day or at least trying to take the baby for an extra long walk. I'm too competitive to show up to a race unprepared so I prepare if I'm signed up. It's the only thing that I've found that keeps me going week after week. Good luck. IF you need help finding races run13.com is a great start!

  4. Oh! Where do you run these 5ks? I'd love to have a friend in the race!

  5. just in provo and surrounding areas

  6. I just found your blog. Are you normally a runner needing a push or are you just beginning? :) I'm doing the Couch to 5k program now (www.c25k.com). I have a 2 month old that I take along in a jogging stroller. I use Robert Ullrey's podcasts (free on iTunes!) that has songs and queues to the c25k program.

    My hubby and I are doing this program together, although it's not easy for us because he runs faster than I do but I walk faster (and I have a greater stamina for distance...). Motivation? New clothes! Losing weight! Knowing my kids will be able to play with me for a LONG time rather than getting winded... And the list goes on.


  7. Hi Allie!
    I'm totally looking into the Couch to 5k program. I used to work out all the time but lately it's just not been my thing and I don't know how to snap out of it. Thanks for the link though! I'm definitely going to try this!