My Shirt is Gross


I ran my first 5k three weeks ago.  The thought of publicly signing up for a 5k and beckoning a team to sign up with me and then writing a follow-up blog post was probably the majority of what motivated me to actually run the entire time.  I certainly didn’t want to come back and write a post that said, “I ran for about a minute and a half, but then wanted to die so I sat on the side of the road and played with gravel until somebody pitied me enough to give me a piggy back ride back to the starting line.”

Is it bad that the thought of public humiliation is enough to shame me into pushing my bod?.  Probably.  I probably shouldn’t act like a ten year old.  But, in another sense, it’s like you all kept me accountable.  HEY THAT 5K YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BACK OUT ON IT, ARE YOU, ROO?

No, no, fiiiiine.  Quick, take these Twinkies away from me.

But now the 5k is over, and I still need you.  I’m needy.  Pity me.  I’ve decided to take pictures documenting every single time I work out.  And then I’ll post them here.  And if you see a huge gap (and you will), I’m hoping it’ll be enough to motivate me to invest in my health more.  As a bonus, I’m taking these pictures after I’ve gone for a run or taken a spin class, so I’m sweaty, disgusting, and maybe a little cranky.  It’s like NiceGirlNotes has the SweatyGirlSeries.  So gross, right?

Humbling and motivating all at the same time.  Here we go.  Last week, I was really consistent.  Lots of running.  This week, I was rolling out a few projects and could not force myself to get out of bed at 5:15.  Bah.


Monday, June 4th:  two miles on treadmill, including warm-up and cool-down; t-shirt by the rad people at Famigo.

Tuesday, June 5th:  twenty minutes on the elliptical; entertained myself by watching a Zumba class.

Wednesday, June 6th:  two miles on treadmill, including warm-up and cool down; t-shirt from Picaboo.

Thursday, June 7th:  headed to the beach; two miles in 19:39.

Saturday, June 9th:  back to the beach; two miles in 19:09.  Shaved 30 seconds off my (rather slow) time.  Almost died.

Didn’t make it to the gym again until Wednesday, June 13th:  met with a personal trainer; I’m old enough to be his mom (not really); filled out paperwork; I rolled my eyes when he asked me how old I am; he responded with “You’re really going to roll your eyes now.  How much do you weigh?”  Yeah.

I’ve been waking up between 5:00 and 5:15 to head to the gym or the beach.  This means I should *probably* stop going to bed late.  Can someone shake me violently every morning?  I’d really appreciate that.

So, there you go.  Consistency, then non-consistency.  Wahhhhh.  Also, I sweated THROUGH my shirts, which is super gross, but also a little satisfying.

I need a pep talk, Coach.  I also need someone to tell me to stop eating like a frat boy.  Yes, I’ll wear the t-shirt you made, especially if it has a picture of a cat holding a basket of yarn on it.

JK JK LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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  • Reply Jeny June 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Roo, you should think about getting a bicycle. If you get a bike then every time you need to run to the grocery store or on any errand really, you just ride your bike it counts as exercise. Also, these exist – http://bakfiets.nl/eng/ – as well as trailers and child seats, those kinds of things, so after you fall in love with cycling, your kids can join you! Riding a bike has gotten me in better shape in one year than three years of high school cross country ever did.

    • Reply Roo June 15, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Hmm, not a bad idea, Jeny! I’ve been running in the morning before anyone wakes up. I’m not sure if I could manage errand running at 5:00am. I’d have to really get used to it. I’ve only ridden a bike a handful of times – ever. :)

  • Reply Kyla June 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

    You’re not slow:) 20 sec is a lot to shave off at a time too so good work!!! I’m trying to get back into running and have finally built back up to 5 miles but I’m running just over 10 min. miles:/

    • Reply Roo June 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

      5 miles?! Kyla, you’re an animal, I love it! :)

  • Reply Amelinda June 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    When I graduated and got my first job I kept up a workout routine of 6x a week. That lasted about 2 years (minus holidays and vacations). But now that I live with my boyfriend and his 4 children, I have not figured out how to find the time to work out even once a week. Kids are a lot of work! I applaud you, your efforts, and your results…much better than mine!

    • Reply Roo June 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Oh man, kids are a ton of work. Thanks, Amelinda! I feel better when I’m being active and not eating candy bars all day long. :)

  • Reply Melissa @foodformyhouss June 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Roo! You are doing a great job! I workout 2-3 (maybe 4 on a really good week) times a week. I work at the yoga studio twice a week so that’s usually a given, and then go for a run once or twice. The thought of waking up before 6am kinda sounds like a horror story to me right now, and my nights are seriously just about always full for something. I have NO idea what having kids will be like. Butt crack of dawn just might have to become my reality lol. But I seriously applaud you for tackling this! You. Rock. That’s above average time for running! I think. :) I may have just made that up.

    • Reply Roo June 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      I can’t touch my toes. I desperately need to take a yoga class. And run more. :P Thanks, Melissa! xo

  • Reply Mandi June 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Looks to me like you shaved off 30 seconds. ;)

    Maybe I should try this. I need motivation too! I don’t even have the excuse of having 3 small children to take care of. Go you!

    • Reply Roo June 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Mandi, Mandi, my brain is stupid and so are typos. Thanks, I edited it. :)

      Please send me pictures of you looking as gross as me. Thx. :)

  • Reply Mrs. Burly June 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I like your sneakers. What brand? Did you get fitted for a proper running shoe? Skinny people tell me that the proper running shoe matters. I wouldn’t know. ;)

  • Reply tara June 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Go Roo!! You don’t have to have a fast mile to be a runner – you just need to run:) And it will get faster the more you run. I’m not a runner, but I’m doing it to be healthy. I generally count down the minutes/seconds til my cardio session is done. Or watch Friends:)

  • Reply Vanessa Rae June 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    This is a great idea!! :) I totally recommend Zumba.. Do it a couple times and you’ll get the hang of it. Plus you feel so hot doing it.. JK JK LOL!!!!! but really.
    xo Vanessa @ He says Newcastle

  • Reply Kate, aka guavalicious June 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Go to Zumba instead of watching. It’s super fun and a great work out!!

  • Reply Katie June 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Um, Roo? Stop eating like a frat boy. And WAKE UP!!! You make me think I need to get off my ever-expanding *waistline* and maybe work out. (Girl, look at that body…) Fine, I’ll send you pictures of MY sweaty workouts to motivate you. Your’e welcome.

  • Reply Ashley June 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Those shoes are awesome! The color is sweet, where’d you get them?

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Bought them off Zappos! :)

  • Reply Raylene June 16, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Oh Roo, I wake up at 7:30am for work…fitting some exercise into my routine I’d only have to wake up at 6:30am earliest. And I still do nothing!

    And I don’t have kids or a house to clean!! You amaze me!

  • Reply ColleenwithMurals&More June 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

    ok, so, not much help here. But a story. So if you like stories, then, well, it might be some help.

    I’m 54. Old. OLD-old. Not “oh, you’re only in your 50’s – old.” More like “wth! how did this happen to me?” Now, in my 20’s and 30’s I was cool. As in I was a jazz dancer/teacher/choreographer cool. As in, I knew ALL of the good music. As in, I was the ONLY white girl who could substitute-teach the funk classes.

    That was moi. That was then.

    Not now. Now . . . I have no excuse. None. But I do workout, yesIdo. Because you see I have this person, aka Mom, who is 84. Who has lymphoma. Who teaches step aerobics 3x/wk. Not “senior” aerobics. No, aerobics as in not even the 20-somethings can keep up with her kind of aerobics.

    You know where I’m headed, right? Yes. She drags her really, really old daughter who’s 30 years younger than her to class w/her. The daughter who HATES to work out because it’s borrrrring and not like “gettin’ down” at all. But I do it because . . . well, because she’s my mother.

    And besides, who wants to see a 54 year old white lady doing hiphop? ick.

    Oh, Zumba, you ask? Yes, we (meaning Mom) have the CDs and she’s waiting for me to put a modified class together for other geriatrics. Like me, not her. Keep waiting, Mom.

    See? No help here.

  • Reply donna June 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    First, CONGRATS on finishing that 5K! Regardless of the self-inflicted guilt trip, YOU DID IT! That makes you a better person than I. Your probably half my age, too, but I don’t think they’d let me run a 2.5K (for being an old lady) and still get the t-shirt.
    Last Friday, I had a chiro appointment but no car. So i walked the 1.1 miles each way. Not a lot, but apparently enough of a kick in the a&& to make me think about what i put in this old bod. I ate well most of the week, not counting the Butterfinger I absolutely *had* to have on Tuesday. After which I felt like absolute crap the rest of the day. That was enough to help me steer clear the rest of the week.
    I didn’t know the exercise would make me feel like eating better…so that’s been my recent experience, for what it’s worth (probably nothing). And we won’t discuss the number of Butterfingers I ate since finding out they’re gluten-free over a year ago.

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Whaaaat they’re gluten free whaaaaaaaaattttt.

      Why did you tell me, Donna? Why why why whyyyyyyy!? :)

  • Reply katie skorka June 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    good job roo. you keep running and ill keep shoveling home made brownies into my face at 11:30 am. i know you’re jealous. hope your day is great! -k

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Ughhhhhh so jealous.

  • Reply Jessica @FoundtheMarbles June 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Great job! I’ve been running lately too but I’m not yet at a pace that I’d like to admit to publicly yet. Sigh.

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Are you going to BlogHer? I signed up for the 5k. Eep!

  • Reply Christine June 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    It’s inspiring that you’re that busy AND with family and you still push yourself to get up and exercise. I have zero excuse now. None. Zilch. Except I hate HATE getting up even 20 minutes early in the morning.
    How to you do that yoda? How do you drag yourself out of bed??

  • Reply Ingrid June 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

    i feel like a chump now. i only have 2 kids and i am still not working out. you have discipline!

  • Reply Meredith June 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    First of all, you are doing a great job!
    Secondly, a pace under 10 min is not “rather slow” girl!
    Thirdly, I’m running a 5k on the 4th…wanna join me and Laura? That’s motivation…you have a couple weeks to get back to training! :-)

  • Reply Becca March 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Was that a Color Me Rad 5K that you did? That colorful photo of you looks like it! I just signed up for it in August, which will be my first 5k. omg, I need to get out and practice!

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