This started in 2002. For you see, that’s the year we moved to Utah and attended the 4th of July parade and saw it – the final moments of the annual Liberty Days 5K. It was then I said to my wife, “You know, I should do that next year.”
The following year, on the same day it was the same. Again, “I know what I said last year, but next year will be the year.”
Each year passed with the same type of comment. In fact, it became a running joke in our marriage (sorry – pun not intended) because we both knew the likelihood was diminishing each year on whether I would ever accomplish this feat.
And then this year, something happened. I made a decision in January to lose some weight and I knew that running and diet were my best hopes of getting that weight off. So I started my 90-Day Fitness and Health Challenge on another site I manage with the goal of challenging many of our readers to join me in my quest for health and weight loss. And it worked beautifully as the pounds started to melt away – well, after kicking my own butt and watching my diet like a hawk.
But something happened. Those pounds came off and my running became an obsession. I started to strength train each week and roll nightly to prevent injury. My spare time was consumed with reading everything I could find about running. My diet changed to a cleaner and healthier diet to support my running. And my passion was born and becoming a huge part of who I am.
So the following Instagram updates shouldn’t be a surprise:
May 1, 2015 (@thriftyhealthcouple): A new month means new goals, hope for new progress or making your current progress that much better! This month I’m focusing on getting leaner, stronger, faster and signing up for my first 5K. So how am I doing so far? … Just registered this morning for my FIRST 5K on July 4th!
May 28, 2015 (@thriftyhealthcouple): At the first of May I set some goals that I wanted to accomplish; and if I shared my goals here then its only fitting that I review them. So how did I do on becoming STRONGER, LEANER and FASTER last month? … FASTER: At the first of the month I ran a 5K length in 33:48 during a tempo run – at the end of the month I ran the same distance in 31:33 – Success!
June 23, 2015 (@livehealthrun): My fast is someone else’s slow…but it’s still MY fast! The first part of June, I timed a 5K tempo run at 31:33. My goal for my upcoming July 4th 5K was a sub-30 time. This morning I ran a 5K distance in 29:27 and I felt amazing the whole run.
And then finally July 3, 2015 (@livehealthrun): It’s really happening! After 13 years of saying I would run this 5K NEXT YEAR, I can now say I’m running it TOMORROW! I can’t express how pregnant this moment is with emotion – tomorrow I run the first race of many for the rest of my life. No more excuses and no more empty wishes – this is where it starts with many dreams and goals waiting to be reached and surpassed! What goals have you been putting off? Don’t let another year pass without reaching them!
You see, I’m not making all this up. This is my story – of someone that kept making excuses and procrastinating – not just the “I’ll do it tomorrow” mantra, but “I’ll do it next year.” But it was the changes this year that got me to this point – to not only complete the 5K but even beat the goals I had set for it. You can see my results below:
Yep – I had hoped for a sub-30 time. I honestly didn’t know if that was possible for me to achieve that in the short amount of time I had to train but I knew I could try. I could set a goal and work as hard as I could to achieve it.
And I DID achieve it – plus MORE with a time of 27:38!
But I ponder at times. What if I had done this back in 2003. What if I had done it even a year later? And more importantly where would I be today? But I know I can’t beat myself up – I can only look forward and ask the question of where will I be in 13 years? I have some hopes, some goals and some dreams for where I want to be. And they all share the foundation that I am laying down this year.
So let me ask you. What goals have you been putting off? Is it time to get started? And more importantly, if you were to start working towards them today where will you be in 13 years?
All these are great questions. But at the end of the day the only question that really matters is what are you doing today to make it all happen tomorrow?
For me, that included another 3 mile run this morning – and tomorrow, strength training.
Running for Life…