Hi everyone, it’s Katie C., one of Dustin’s blog contributors. When reading the posts on Dustin’s blog, the posts that have been most inspiring to me are the ones in which people commit to a goal and openly talk about the process, the challenges, and the final outcome. Recent examples include Dustin’s commitment to the fitness modeling competition and Shelly’s completion of her first 5K. I always read these posts and tell myself that I want to do something like that. I have good intentions of fulfilling my goal, but it usually ends there. Well today ends my streak of reading these great stories but not taking action.
For me, my personal physical challenge has always been to compete in some sort or running event or triathlon. I love participating in physical events that bring people together (including bike rides and snowshoe races), but anything related to running has been something I shy away from. Today I decided it was time to actually accomplish my goal, so I signed up for the 5K Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis.
I re-read Dustin’s post about why it’s important to have a workout buddy and realized that in order to fulfill this goal, I need accountability, camaraderie, and fun. To tackle accountability, I thought there would be no better way to accomplish this goal than to tell all of you about my plan. I certainly don’t want to broadcast my goal on the blog and then report back next month that I decided not to run! To achieve camaraderie, I recruited a partner to sign up with me. This will make the training up to the race more tolerable and will push me to keep up with my partner the day of the race. Finally, I needed something that was fun. For my first race, I wanted something that would be a fun, recreational run. The Jingle Bell Run is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and help out a good cause.