Committing Myself to a Regular Exercise Program

by Irina Gonzalez on November 5, 2010

in FITNESS,Running

I have a dream. No, actually, I have a crazy dream.

My crazy dream is to run the ING Marathon in New York City (where I currently live) by the time I turn 30 years old in just a little over five years from now. Now, that’s not really a crazy dream for most people. It’s usually totally achievable because the friends I’ve met that want to do this are lifelong runners. And that’s exactly the problem with my dream.

Resting at the Gym (April 2009)

I’m not nor have I ever been a runner.

I’m fact, I’m not even an avid exerciser. Or even a moderate exerciser. I’ve been your run-of-the-mill couch potato for my entire life.

I’ve had bouts of exercise, sure. My first real experience with regular exercise was at the end of High School, when my parents paid me to go to the gym the last few months of senior year. Afterward, I tried to work out in college but it never quite amounted to anything more than the occasional visit to the gym.

I lost my original 90lbs without really stepping foot on a treadmill or elliptical machine. And so when I regained it and started losing weight again, I was determined to start going regularly.

But it never really happened. My then boyfriend and I would try to work out together (like on the cruise vacation, pictured above) but our exercise styles were too different to really mesh well. In August 2009, my best friend and I started running together. He lived near me at the time and I would jog to his apartment in the morning, we would run together for half an hour, and then run back home to do our respective getting-ready-for-work routines.

We even joined the gym at the end of the month, something which was abruptly cut short when I dislocated my right shoulder in the beginning of September and needed surgery. I put my gym membership on hold for a year and finally reactivated it this September.

The only problem is… I haven’t gone to the gym. I’ve basically just been making my usual excuses about being too tired to go after work, too lazy to go in the morning and too busy to go on the weekends. But all that is stopping NOW.

Since deciding to work on becoming a true healthy, fit confident girl, I’ve also committed to start going regularly to the gym. And this all started on Monday.

My first goal is to be a runner.

Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that I’m not really sure I like running. Every single time I’ve tried running in the past I’ve given up in less than a month.

But I won’t this time.

Because this time I am determined to at least complete a running training program. And so I’ve chosen the popular Couch to 5K 9-week podcast. Well, actually, I downloaded the iPhone app which lets me play my own music as I pound the (treadmill’s) pavement.

Today will be Week 1, Day 3 of my running program and plan to go to the gym regularly. Stay tuned to see how it all went down…

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