Running at the Riverfront . . .

In an effort to get my ass into shape, I have spent much of my summer doing the Couch to 5K running program.  This program is awesome for people who, like me, have spent a great deal of time hating running, the thought of running, etc.  I am that person.  I spent 5 years of school playing field hockey and every practice began with 30-45 minutes of running.  Hated it.  Loved the sport, hated the running.  However, after dealing with a pretty severe bout of post-partum depression following the birth of my daughter in 2006, I knew that I needed to make a change if I was going to be a healthy and happy parent.

The depression part was easy, more or less.  Withdraw from everyone but baby, eat a lot of crappy food that tastes good, gain weight, sit on ass.  Check.  It’s the climbing out part that gets a little sticky.  I’ve spent the last 2 years trying to get to a point where I feel confident and happy.  I’ve worked on the inside me, and now I know that I need to focus on the outside.

So, on June 28, I went vegan.

No more cheese, no more yogurt, no more spaghetti-o’s.  I know there are many people out there who are saying that there is no way in hell they would ever give up these things . . . especially CHEESE!!!  I know, I know.  I was one of you.  I never thought it would be possible until I continued to read and learn about the horrific things animal products do to our bodies.  My father died at 38 from cancer.  I am getting closer to that age and I want to do everything in my power to avoid meeting the same fate.

Since going vegan I have lost around 13 pounds, and I’ve started not dreading looking forward to my Couch to 5K runs!  Which brings me back to the title of this blog entry – Running at the Riverfront.

There is a trail that runs along the Monongahela River in South Side that is truly beautiful.  I’ve been going down there to do my runs because the scenery is a nice distraction from the actual running.  And today I officially graduated from the program!  Still not actually running 5K in the 30 minutes . . . but getting closer!  My friend, Liz, and I have signed up to run in the City of Pittsburgh’s Great Race on September 26 . . . so that gives me about a month and a half to work my way up.

August 7, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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