I hate to run. I’ve never been one of those people who got a runner’s high. In fact, I was the 4.0 gpa student in high school that almost blew it with a P.E. grade because of running.
It isn’t that I’m not active. I wear a pedometer every day and get my 10,000 steps in. We do swing and country western dancing at least three days a week for two to three hours. If you think it’s easy, try doing swing for an hour or two solid. It’s serious cardio.
We are the family on vacations who come back more tired than we left. Beaches are made for walking and playing in the water. When we go to Disneyland or WDW, we easily do 15-20 miles a day just walking. On cruises, the entire activity crew knows us because we go to everything. We hike, we zipline (what a rush) and just about anything else that we can find to do, we do.
However, I really dislike actual exercise. We bought a treadmill and Total Gym because at least we’ll do it if it is here. I won’t go to a gym. It takes way too much effort to get there so I just don’t. We get up at 5 so we get the workout done before Snake goes to work. In general, I exercise because I figure that it will help me live longer to torment Snake. 🙂
Last month we joined a group on Fitocracy and accepted the first challenge. That one was relatively easy because it was all point-based. Any exercise that we did counted towards the total and the person with the most points at the end of the month got bragging rights. I was one of a few women in the group so that just pushed my competitive buttons. I ended up in second place. Of course, a couple of the guys were fighting off injuries and were sick a couple of weeks, but I still did a pretty good job. And weight lifting as a woman ends up with quite a few points.
This month, the challenge is an Army boot camp one. So, push-ups, pull-ups, crunches and running. I can do the crunches. The rest are not in my wheelhouse. I’m not even certain if I could do one pull-up. I also know that I can’t even try to compete if I don’t run. I could have decided to skip the month. No harm, no foul. However, again, competitive buttons. I decided to join and if I’m going to join, I have to get serious.
So, my challenge to myself is to be able to run without taking walking breaks by the end of the month for 30 minutes. Hey, maybe I’ll even figure out this runner’s high thing.
My zombie plan has always been to push other people into the path of the zombies so I could get away. Trip them if necessary so I could just walk away. Maybe by the end of May I’ll be able to just outrun them. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂