Saturday, May 8, 2010

Welcome Aboard!

196 Days To Go
Earlier this week I was talking to a longtime friend of mine that lives in South Florida. We were catching up on life..sisters, husbands, babies...the usual. I let the cat out of the bag that I had decided to run the Women's Half-Marathon (the more people you tell, the more committed you feel. Since you are reading this blog, I suppose that me and this half-marathon are beginning to hear wedding bells). I explained my reasoning: the cancelled run of 2009, my overdue need to jump back in the fitness saddle, my sweet monkey man, etc. She paused for a minute and then told me that she had the chills. I couldn't get the words out fast enough..."Do you want to run it with us?"

One day after I sent her the information, she sent me a message letting me know how much she ran that day. I did the same. Wow, this accountability thing actually feels good. For the last week, we have swapped stats on how far and where we have run. Not only am I thrilled about the opportunity to have one of my oldest friends on board to travel with me on this empowering journey, but it's also been a surprisingly unique way to keep in touch with a dear friend 500+ miles away on a daily basis. Most of all, it's been added motivation to tie on those running shoes as soon as I stumble out of bed each morning, knowing I will be reporting my progress.

For those interested, check out and for online training logs, running maps of your area, and opportunities to share your progress with friends and other runners.

I am so glad to have 'Divalicious' on board! To my surprise, when I have told a few other friends about my new adventure, I have noticed an interesting reaction. There has been an intrigued and tempted look in their eyes. They have asked for more information and I can see they are contemplating the possibility of running too. They haven't quite committed, but have left the door open to consider it. I won't name any one in particular, but you know who you are. And I say, let's do it!

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
- Eleanor Roosevelt


Kimmie said...

I love it!!! this is great! you are an amazing friend and a talented writer! TOWANDA! I'm super excited to be doing this with you and i love the BLOG!

Andrea Leigh said...

I am so happy you are taking this challenge with me! I know you and I know your going to inspire plenty of good content for this blog. : ) xxoo