Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Run, run, run!

Back in January, I blogged about some of my goals for this year. One of the goals was to run a 10k. Honestly I laughed at myself a little when I wrote that one down, "oh it'll take me ALL year to work up to that...5k's are hard enough."

Once upon a time I hated running. For real...I hated it. I could not for the life of me figure out why my sisters PAID MONEY to run. I would run down our street and back (not even 1 mile) and I was dying. My lungs hurt and I was SO bored. Eventually, my sisters convinced me to sign up for the Thanksgiving 5k in Atlanta. At that point, I figured I should probably get a little practice in so I wasn't the very last person to cross the finish line. It was fun...really! The adrenaline rush when they say "go!" and hundreds of runners take off is really quite exciting. The competitive person in me wanted to "beat" most of the runners. I crossed the finish line at 31 minutes. I was happy with that. 

(Somehow we couldn't get a picture where we were all looking.) 

After I had "done the deed", I tucked my tennis shoes away back in the closet. Then, my little sister Lindsey somehow talked me into doing some workout videos. Again, I hated them. They were so so so I didn't really like the feeling of killing myself. 10 minute trainer was about as good as it got for me. But, you can't let your LITTLE sister beat you, can you? So I started working out with her. Eventually we started the insanity program. Ohhh my, that thing will kick you! 

During the summer when I was at camp with my other sister Tiffany, I would meet up and run with her on Monday mornings. I say meet up, because she would run forever and I could only do about 2.5 miles. Running in the mountains is hard, ok? 

When I got back home, Linz kicked me back into the workout routines. Running and Insanity. We've been pretty consistent since then, and we've worked our mileage up. She still beats me, but I'm just happy I have someone to help me stay on track. Working out is 10,000 better when you have someone to do it with. 

Just recently we've hit the 6 mile mark! Ahhhh, so exciting! My time is a lot longer than I'd like, but I'm so excited to see some progress.

(Thanks to the freezing weather and busy schedules, we've had to use the treadmill a lot. Thank goodness for tablets, netflix, and earphones!) 

Anyway...the point of all this is just to say, for those out there who feel like you "can't do it", I'm just  saying it's totally possible. I still don't "love" running, but it's a fun thing to do with sisters, a great workout, and it makes you feel really good! Find a workout buddy, and start out small, working your way up! 


  1. Hailey, this is just what I needed to get my rear in gear! I signed up for a 5k this summer and I've been on a "little break" from my training thanks to PILES of snow outside. Another way I've tried to make it fun is with the CharityMiles app that will donate time or money to different charities every time you run. You should look into it. :) Thanks for the pep talk! ;)


  2. More power to you...I gave up on my running endeavors years ago. Good heavens, it's not a pretty thing. GO you though :)

  3. Just so you know. I am not running any 6 miles this summer. but knock yourself out when I am in class. k? k.