As I've mentioned before, I've never been very athletic. In high school I successfully avoided taking any P.E. classes (and took extra photography and band classes instead, fun!) and I fulfilled my college's P.E. requirement in part by taking bowling.

But I've decided to run my first 5k at the end of April. I know that for a lot of people running is no big deal.  But before I started this weight-loss program I hadn't run a mile since middle school, and even then I'm pretty sure I walked part of it.

My friend Linnie is already a runner (and an amazing artist!) so she's helping me train. There are several training programs that promise to get you off the couch and in shape for a 5k; I'm following this one

So far I'm on week 2--we do our long run on Mondays and then I do the two training runs on my own during the week.  Yesterday I ran 1.5 miles (without stopping to walk) for the first time EVER!

It felt great. After months of working out consistently I'm at the point where I actually enjoy exercising which is both a bit baffling and highly gratifying.