I finally gone and done it! I successfully and officially signed up for a 5K. Personally, I am not a physical person and I never liked running. Living in Florida, I have always blamed it on the heat factor, but its mostly me just being lazy. That, and I am way out of shape. I mean since I have had children my body just has not been the same. I’m sure you can relate. Of course, even with my youngest peeking age 8 I still have a ton of baby weight to lose. HA! I need something to blame it on. But seriously, it is time to make a change and join in the boisterous and rewarding fun of running alongside my kids in a Run Disney event. My children started participating in benefit runs this year. A few months back they ran the Brickdash 5K at Legoland, FL and since then have signed up for two 1 mile kid races and a 5K for Run Disney. I don’t want to miss out on the fun (although, waiting at the finish line can be entertaining,) I want to be in the middle of all the action. I have a desire to be exhilarated and get pumped full of adrenaline. Who am I kidding…I’m ready to run out of breathe and force my kids to drag me across the finish line; all while wearing an awesome runners costume. lol So yeah, inspired by my children, I signed the whole family up for the Princess 5K and we will conquer every mile together. I am looking forward to all the fun that awaits us! BUT, of course I need to start training; my body is in no way ready to run a 5K in it’s current shape and form. While my daughter was on vacation in NC with the rest of the family I started a training program called 5K Run. This is an app that you can download to your smartphone and it is set up with weekly sessions that build your momentum and make you 5K ready in 9 weeks. Each week you will have three run sessions scheduled that will alternate walking and running patterns. The first session ended unsuccessfully. I finished half of the 25 minute walk/run exercise. I was defeated by the summer heat and a dog who doesn’t know how to walk/run on a leash properly. This was a low for me, but very expected. Day 2-4 I have completed with no major issues. I do find it hard at times to keep going, but thinking of how awesome it will be to run side by side with my son and daughter in February pushes me to keep going. As you complete each week you will discover your run exercises become longer and you spend less time waking. It builds up slowly so that you are able to complete the challenge overtime. If you ever feel like you need to start over you can go back to an early session. I plan on completing my nine weeks and starting all over from the beginning over and over again til I know for sure that I can do this. I will keep updating ya’ll with my status. I took a break tonight, but will pick back up on session 5 tomorrow. I highly recommend this app for all newbies like me. Hope to see you on race day!