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And so it begins…

Posted by seekaterun on September 12, 2008

There is something incredibly self-indulgent when you start a blog about your life.  With that thought in mind, I bring you See Kate Run.

A little background:  I have been toying with starting running for the last 5 months or so.  You may ask why. 

“Kate, why in god’s name would you decide to become a runner?”

Well, I am glad you asked!  I have been told by many unnamed sources that it is one of the best ways to get in shape.  As someone who has struggled with body issues since I was in the womb, I figured it was time to do something proactive, for both my physical and mental health.  There is something very appealing about running.  You need a good pair of shoes, an excellent sports bra, and some kind of surface.  Add to that a kick-ass playlist on the old iPod and some water, and I figure you are good to go.  If you can walk, you can probably train yourself to run.  I mean, most little kids start running around as soon as they can walk.  There is something primal and elemental about the act of running.  We evolved to run.  What else is bipedalism good for?  (okay, actually bipedalism is good for alot of things, and I would bet that running from predators is one of them.)

Besides the health benefits, I want to challenge myself to do something that I never have done before.  I have accomplished alot of my initial personal goals in the past two or three years, so it’s time to bring on some new goals.  Right now, my goal is to be able to run for 30 minutes without walking.  I know, it doesn’t sound like much, but I figure that it is important for me to start small.  Ultimately I would like to start running 10k’s.  I haven’t run any distance since PE in high school.  And that was a crappy 12-minute-mile, 10 years ago. 

Now the basics:  I do currently go to the gym.  I shoot for 3-4 times a week, but I am an elliptical junkie, and i don’t always make it as frequently as I would like.  Its a sweaty workout, but I hate breathing in other people’s perfume and sweat.  But it also means that my cardio health is starting to get better.  If I wasn’t working out at all, I wouldn’t even attempt this venture.  I am buying new shoes this weekend (I am getting professionally fitted.)  As soon as I get the shoes, I will be off to the proverbial races.  Hopefully i will also stop using dumb cliches.  (A girl can dream, right?)

So why the heck am I making this a public venture?  It all comes down to accountability!  I have motivation issues.  I figure if people are following my adventure, it will help keep me on track.  So please, weigh in.  Offer me encouragement, or even better, give me advice.

As for this blog, I haven’t yet settled on a design, so expect to see some changes.  I have a mental image of what I want this to look like, I am just not there yet.

So for now, enjoy!  Its good for ya.  Like broccoli, only tastier!

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4 Responses to “And so it begins…”

  1. Dominique said

    This is the site I used when I started running! Highly recommended!

    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

  2. Dannelle said

    Run Kate Run!

  3. Lauren said

    kate you inspired me! you have those great zimmermann legs though.. i’m soooo jealous! good luck!

  4. vegasgeek said

    Best of luck to you, Kate! Last year I picked up running with the idea I was going to run the Las Vegas Half-Marathon. I hurt my knee 6 weeks before the marathon and was able to walk it, instead of running it. Still, crossing the finish line, even though I did it slowly, was still an amazing feeling.

    Best of luck to you! It really is a great way to get in shape. I lost 25 pounds over 6 months of training.

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