I am sick of waking up in the morning, only to hack my lungs out.
I am sick of being winded just walking up the stairs in the parking garage.
I am over being gassed just from carrying my fishing equipment (~50 pounds) a half mile.
I am tired of realizing I will be 26 in a week, a chain smoker, out of shape, and doing nothing about it.
My Goals are:
1) QUIT SMOKING
2) Be able to compete in the annual 5k (or 10k or 15k) Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day.
3) Confidence (which I know, from previous experience, just sort of happens when you are in good shape)
I am starting tomorrow, October 13th, on proving to myself that I am better than what I have become. I used to be a sub 16 minute 5k runner and, while that place is still very far removed from where I am today, I would like to be well on my way there by the New Year. I've kept telling myself, "that was 12 years ago that you competed on that level, you can't do that anymore."
Finally told myself, "BULLSHIT!"
Tonight, I am having my last smokes. Tomorrow starts me being an asshole for a week or so. Small price to pay.
There is only do or do not; there is no try. And I need support so that this doesn't become a "try" but an accomplished fact. I have some support here at home, but really, I don't see those people as much as I talk to people here. So I am asking, please, that you keep asking (telling/demanding/coercing) me to keep going, to not give up.
Also, as I get a running schedule and workout plan going, I will be posting them. Right now, this is a 5-day a week running plan with 3 days of very light upper body thrown in for tone and definition.
Final note: This is not a weight loss thing, my weight is down to 174 and I know it will drop a bit more as I get going. This is not a bulking up program...yet. That will come sometime during the spring (maybe summer) as I get ready for next year's fall road and trail races. Right now I just want to be able to finish a 5k, sub 18:30 and get back to 30 miles a week total distance.