Super Hero 5k!

After running the Glow Run a few weeks ago, I felt good enough about it to sign up for another 5k rather quickly. I scoured all the running sites that listed all the races in New England to find one that Thom and I could both attend, but that were also interesting. I stumbled upon the Super Hero 5k that was in Central Square in Cambridge and we both decided that that was the race to do. I was stoked because I could wear a costume; Thom was stoked because he could have a reason to buy an Aquaman shirt. We invited Thom’s sister, Megan, to run with us, and the three of us had a blast.

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Megan, Thom, and myself as The Justice League!

I felt good about this race. I was super nervous getting into it, but running wasn’t bad at all. My time at the gym helped, but also just running with people really boost my morale. Not everyone was a season runner, so I wasn’t alone. I really do like doing these races and am looking forward to running more in the future!

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Aquaman and Batman

Fitness

I am not a skinny girl. I have never been a skinny girl. I don’t have major image issues, like I’m not depressed because I’m not super thin, but I’ve also never have been too thrilled with my appearance.

When I was 18, I joined the Army. Basic Training was really hard for me, harder than I thought it’d be, but I did make it through. Afterwards, for my entire Army career, I always had issues with my weight and PT.

It wasn’t until after I got out of the Army that I was better at working out and dieting. Go figure. Not that I’ve been the best with it, but I’m better. When I moved to Boston, I joined a mixed martial arts gym and started doing Muay Thai. I lost a lot of weight and got in great shape, even if I still was a heavy weight in the boxing scene. I had the best time and loved every second of it, even if it was one of the hardest things I’d done. Unfortunately my schedule got crowded and money got tight. Then my Kru (instructor) moved and opened his own gym in New Hampshire.

I’ve been stumbling, trying to find something to kick start myself. Thom and I have been trying to eat better, which is great. On Tuesday, I got off my butt and joined a gym. It’s near my work, so I have to go by it on the way home every day. It was also inexpensive and everything is Rock n Roll themed! How sweet is that?

Day 1!

Day 1!

Yesterday was my first day. I decided to just stick to my 5k plan, since I’d like to run more 5ks in the future. I tried the elliptical for 3.12 miles today and DAMN that was tough. Running on the streets, or even a treadmill, is way easier. Ah well, that’s the way it goes!

I also discovered Diet Bet the other day and it looks like fun. Basically, a fantasy league, but for weight loss. I’m thinking of starting my own game on there. If anyone is interested, please let me know!

What are some good workouts that you do to stay or get in shape?

Glow Run

I have never once in my life enjoyed running. I always wished I did, but it was something I never enjoyed. Even when I was better at it (like, after 6 months of Army Basic Training, so no easy task), I didn’t enjoy it. I knew it was good for me, so about a year ago, I started doing the Couch to 5k program.

I won’t lie to you, I have been slowly getting through this program. My schedule when the Red Sox are in town is ridiculous, so it was really difficult for me to schedule even just a half hour for a run. I’ve made it about half way through when Thom and some other friends of mine suggested that we sign up for the Black Light Run. I talked myself into it by realizing that it was a fun run and not for time. I could walk it if I wanted to. I signed up for it.

I was really dreading it, but I’m super glad I did it. I did WAY better than I thought I’d do (I don’t think I walked more than half a mile throughout the whole thing) and had a lot of fun.

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I’m actually looking for more 5k races to do, so let me know if you know of any fun fall races!