Let’s be clear: I’m a quitter.
I quit lots of things. Lots.
My decision to watch all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager? I quit after two seasons and 13 episodes.
Wearing dress pants and a collared shirt to work? I quit that one hard and am now on a jeans-and-sneaky-clean-sweatshirt streak that’s run for at least four months. Being a full-on no-exceptions vegetarian? I quit after a year.
Quitting sugar? It took about three hours for me to break on that one. How about yoga for bros? I laid down $90 for a box set of DVDs, but only got through the first two classes.
For me, fitness and diet have always been two things I’ve found easy to make ambitious plans for and even easier to quit on after 48 hours.
This is why I’ve waited about a month to broadcast that I’ve signed up to be a 2018 Vancouver Sun Run “guinea pig.”
I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to quit.
My progress to date using the Couch to 5K app.
So, over the past month, I’ve faithfully done two things: Attend a weekly Sun Run InTraining clinic based out of False Creek Community Centre, and used the Couch to 5K app as my almost-daily guide to learn how to run. (Yes, I know the Sun Run is 10K, but you have to start somewhere.)
My first goal in signing up to be a guinea pig is to learn how not to quit something that makes me uncomfortable.
Over the next two months, I hope to share some other goals I have and what I’m enjoying (and not) about this experience. I doubt I’ll be planting flags when it comes to posts on nutrition, gear, training, or Vancouver’s deep running culture, but I’ll plan on being open.
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