CIBC Run for the Cure countdown: Time to train…
Yes friends, that IS my high school gym uniform, dug fresh up out of my bedroom closet at mommy and daddy’s house.
It’s standard regulation CKSS Golden Hawks circa 2001, shirt tucked in (as was mandated) to show you just how dorky I looked the last time I did a formal, timed run in front of people.
I don’t remember exactly how long it took me too finish that ungodly physical fitness test, but I do know that I was near the bottom of the pack and that definitely took more than a few “walk” breaks.
What can I say? I’m not a runner. And yet, here I am, getting back on that ol’ horsey and training for a run that I rightfully intend to STOMP.
Think 48 days is enough time to learn how to run 100m in 9.63 seconds?
I keed, I keed. Usain Bolt needn’t worry about his record — yet.
You may recall that last week I told y’all about how I’ll be running in this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
September 30th may seem like it’s a million moons away, but really it’s not. Like, at all.
So, in order to save myself from the embarrassment of sucking and, I’m setting an agressive personal fitness goal for this race and I’m starting my training regime TONIGHT.
My fitness level is pretty decent as it stands, but there’s plenty of room for improvement — especially when it comes to running outdoors.
I work out daily, but it doesn’t really show by way of strength. I can rollerblade / bike ride / hit the elliptical trainer for well over an hour at a time, but something about hoofing it on pavement makes my lungs burn. Makes me want to turn around after five minutes and go home to hug my couch amidst the loving gaze of mother Netflix…
But no more excuses. I want to run the entire CIBC Run for the Cure 5K without stopping once. That is my personal fitness goal.
I will accomplish this by:
- Running outdoors, at least 5 times per week, every week up until race day.
- Starting small and gradually increasing the length of my run until I’m up to 5K
- Enlisting the help of a running group or partner to keep me on track.
- Purchasing a new pair of solid training kicks
- Putting habenero peppers and Sriracha sauce in my oatmeal every morning FOR MAXIMUM POWER
But maybe not that last thing.
I’ve got approximately 7 weeks left to train for this puppy, and THIS time around I will not come in last, I will not walk-run, and I will CERTAINLY be wearing something cuter than my ninth grade gym uniform.
But, ya know, I’ve already got it on and now I’m riled up so LEGGO!
For more information about the CIBC Run for the Cure, visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of Ontario’s website or join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.
If you’d like to donate to me directly (you sweet person, you!) here’s the link.
Yours in MAXIMUM POWER,