Working out girl

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So I’m training for the Hell Run in a few weeks, along with my sister friend Rebecca who already ran a similar event called the Warrior Dash. She is also a vegetarian, a martial arts expert, and holds a Ph.D. And though you don’t need to have a stellar academic career to participate, it speaks to how both mentally and physically she is prepared to handle a 5K on steroids whereas up until recently, strenuous exercise was sprinting for the bus and trying not to breathe heavily into the phone as I complete my pizza order.

The Couch to 5K app on my phone has been amazing. It’s the perfect pace and I build up from the previous day. It makes me hopeful when I’m able to complete a short run without needing the Seattle Fire Department to rescue my passed out self. I only wish it could have told me how to turn the treadmill on because that was embarrassing pecking at the machine for what felt like an eternity like I was a laboratory monkey and the scientists were observing what happens when you place a 28-year-old woman in front of an expensive piece of equipment she had always passed on because it was too intimidating.

Thanks to C25K, I’m able to pull from my music collection as I work out. My playlist is filled with sexy beats with inane and misogynistic lyrics. I’m not dissecting the anti-feminist threads, I’m trying to lose weight and are there few more well-equipped to steer that effort than Ludacris, whom I’ve already designated as my pretend political advisor even though his only job would be to yell, “CHAMPAGNE FOR MY CAMPAIGN!”

I don’t read either because I get dizzy easily trying to focus on the small print while keeping myself from dry-heaving on the treadmill. Besides, I strain my mind all day at work, I’m not in the mood for the New Yorker. I’m in the mood for magazines that lure me into thinking that celebrities are just like the common folk because they are spotted with the same designer bag or more shockingly, they carry their own yoga mat. All by themselves! We are kindred spirits!

I’m loving my energy level and how my body is returning to a shape I haven’t seen since my early 20s. I put on a pair of expensive white pants from 2003 and they fit. I know they were from 2003 because that’s before I had kids and my lifestyle allowed me to buy clothing that was white! Like I wasn’t expecting little humans to use my clothing as a full-body napkin. Oh youth.

Still, I’m loving this direction and I cannot wait until tonight when I get to do this again.

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  1. Go, girl! I can’t wait to hear about the race.

    I also listen to stuff when I work out that I’d never listen to normally. Without Rob Zombie, I would’ve abandoned the treadmill MANY times.
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  2. I’ve been trying to jog recently in preparation for a 5k as well, and though I haven’t really put a concrete goal out there for myself to achieve, I think I have it now:

    “Buy, fit into and wear (without shame) a pair of white pants.”

    Go you!
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  3. I did C25k in 2006. It was great. Here I am after my 5k, at the ‘finish line’ aka ice cream aisle:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seahills/133906879/in/photostream/

    I’ve been doing Zumba. Have you tried it? OMG Fun. I’m learning how to shake my bootay in ways it has never shaken before.

    I wish you luck on your race – can’t wait to see the pics. 🙂

  4. I started doing Couch to 5K last year & got side tracked, but I’m starting up again. What app are you using, the one I used had music that was awful. Also, I live in Portland and I just read that we have a Chamorro food cart, I think this is it: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pdx-six-seven-one-portland

    I read about it somewhere else, but I can’t remember where.

  5. Hi dear, you were way too kind with your introduction of myself. Sadly, I never did the Warrior Dash, and so we are two virgins at this effort. I have been doing more roller skating than jogging to get ready but I think I may have to switch it up. I am using the nike gps application to keep track of my distance. I figure if we survive and finish this thing, we will be queens!
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