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(The most annoying thing about blogging is that the posts do not write themselves. I have been making notes all week and am only now catching up on actually writing out the damned things.)

My favorite office on campus, the Office of Employee Health and Well-Being, has come through again with yet another exciting activity. Starting last Monday, I am now a member of Team [University I Work At], a training program for a 5k run/walk race in April. I originally thought that I would just sign up for the race and not waste $20 on the training sessions, but I'm glad that I did, because it's also an opportunity to socialize with new people. And the $20 covers my registration in the race (as well as a free t-shirt that I'm told is Very Exciting and Fancy), so there's no backing out now!

I spent the first training session jumping back and forth from the Walk Group to the Walk/Run Group. I'm not quite sure which is best for me, because I hate running, but I have a feeling that the Walk/Run Group might be able to teach me things about running that would make me hate it slightly less. My usual MO for running is: run really hard for about... ten feet... then collapse on the floor while my lungs explode. Apparently this is not the ideal way to do it. Apparently we are supposed to slowly glide along the floor, which I like a lot better. I can do it for longer periods of time, it doesn't have the jarring bounce that the fast running has, which always makes me sort of sick, and it's better for the joints. So I can actually do it. Inside, anyway, where the cold air doesn't hurt my lungs.

I am much more motivated to walk now that I know I have to meet up with the group every Monday evening. Yesterday I had more than 10,000 steps for the first time in a long time. And I had an opportunity to pimp pedometers, Omron pedometers specifically, and Walker Tracker to my groupmates when the coach asked us if we had any tricks for motivating ourselves to exercise.

Wheeeeeee! It's nice to finally be active again. Let's see if it lasts more than two days!

srah - Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 12:54 PM
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Comments (5)

gravatar Jess - January 30, 2008 - 1:40 PM -

I am so jealous that your office has this. I promote this stuff for our clients and yet my own workplace does nothing of the sort.

gravatar tiff - January 30, 2008 - 2:25 PM -

how are you so active in this hellish cold? I wait til it's about 50 degrees every day for a solid 14 days in a row before heading outside.

gravatar srah - January 30, 2008 - 2:26 PM -

Well, my "office" has thousands of employees, so I guess it makes sense! (I just looked it up and Wikipedia says the total staff is 1,400 for all the campuses. That sounds low. I wonder if it doesn't include faculty.)

gravatar srah - January 30, 2008 - 2:27 PM -

Oh, I should mention that our practice session was inside the basketball arena. And I went to the rec center at lunchtime yesterday. I don't go out and walk in the cold! Heaven forbid!

gravatar Aunt Pam - January 31, 2008 - 6:25 AM -

Cousin Bethany and Trisha swear by these groups. Uncle John & I are going to sign up for the Crim 5k training. (they've convinced us!) B & T also say the nice thing about signing up as a runner is that you can Run AND walk. When you sign up as a walker you can only walk. They leave in 12 days for their first marathon!!

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