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.