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My First 5K

When I was little, I had Worry Dolls.  You would tell them your problems and sleep with the tiny little people under your pillow.  The dolls were supposed to help you with your issues while you sleep.  My issue was always the same, I had a fear of running in gym class.  I was always the slowest.  I don't mean that I was on the slow side, I mean last, dead last, for everything.  I was picked last, last in every running race....the mile run?  HAHA, yeah, ok...I'll run a mile...and monkeys might fly out of my butt!

When I was a little nugget, I had Worry Dolls. You would tell them your problems at night and sleep with the tiny little people under your pillow. The dolls were supposed to help you with your issues while you slept. My problem was always the same, I had a fear of running in gym class. This was because was always the slowest.

 

I wish I had the confidence of NeNe Leakes back then.

I struggled to run around the gym while “Eye of the Tiger” played.  I hate that song to this day.  Now I couldn’t care less about people who think I’m a slow runner.  They are probably just slow thinkers.

 

My family knew that I struggled with my weight, but did not have the tools to help me (or themselves).

My family knew that I struggled with my weight, but did not have the tools to help me (or themselves).

 

Even with 50 extra pounds and zero family support, I wanted to find some kind of inner athlete.

Even with 50 extra pounds, I wanted to find some kind of inner athlete.

 

I joined a running group of women who SWORE they were as slow as I was.  That was only partially true.  Two were much faster than I was, one was my pace, and there was a woman recovering from surgery that was SLOWER than me!

I joined a running group of women who SWORE they were as slow as I was. That was only partially true. Two were much faster than I was, one was my pace, and there was a woman who was battling shin splints so she was slower by default.

 

I'm not saying that I am happy that this woman had to have surgery or that I'm happy she was slow.  I AM saying that this was a first.  I was not the slowest person in the group AND I could chat with Sarah, who was my true Sole Sister.  See what I did there, SOLE SISTER??

I’m not saying that I am happy that she had an injury or glad that she was a slower runner.  I AM saying that this was a first-  I was not the slowest person in the group.  I didn’t have to feel guilty about slowing down everyone else AND I could chat with Sarah, who ran at my pace.  She was a true Sole Sister. See what I did there, SOLE SISTER??

 

I can't lie, it was fucking hard to train, even for a 5K.  Anyone who tells you that running isn't hard is a fucking liar.

I can’t lie, it was fucking hard to train, even for a 5K. Anyone who tells you that running isn’t fucking hard is a fucking liar.  I wanted this 5K though…so I fucking pushed through.  Eventually 3 miles became no big fucking deal. Fuck it was hard getting there, but you fucking can!

 

I had to go pick up my packet for the first time in my life and it was everything I thought it was going to be.  I showed my ID and got my very own bib - so exciting!  It was a Valentine's Day 5K, so I had to throw in some accessories too <3

I had to go pick up my race packet for the first time in my life and it was everything I thought it was going to be.  When I walked in to my local running store I felt like a real runner.  I showed my ID and got my very own bib – so exciting! It was a Valentine’s Day themed 5K, so I had to throw in some accessories too <3

 

I was pumped for the race!

I was pumped for the race!

 

32 minutes later, I finished.  It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be.  I honestly remember thinking, "Oh, I'm at the end already?"

32 minutes and 8 seconds later, I finished.  It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. I honestly remember thinking, “Oh, I’m at the end already?”

 

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Afterwards Anne Chow chowed down! Nothing makes me more hungry than finishing a race.

Since running my first 5K in Feb 2014, I have completed 2 more 5Ks and 2 half marathons.  Running continues to be a source of strength and stress relief in my life. If you've ever considered running for fitness, I encourage you to join a group like I did.  You can get lots of free running advice and make friends along the way.  Meetup.com has thousands of running group options, or you can hit up your local running store for suggestions.  Runners are some of the most helpful and generous people I have ever met.  As the old joke goes:  How do you know if someone has run a marathon?  Don't worry, they'll tell ya!

Since running my first 5K in Feb 2014, I have completed several more 5Ks and a handful of half marathons. Running continues to be a source of strength and stress relief in my life. If you’ve ever considered running for fitness, I encourage you to join a group like I did. You can get lots of free running advice and make friends along the way.  Meetup.com has thousands of running group options, or you can hit up your local running store for suggestions. Runners are some of the most helpful people I have ever met.  They are always willing to share their expertise.  Hey, how do you know if someone has run a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell ya!

Let’s try Pole Fitness!

 

I thought about trying Pole Fitness for over a year before actually giving it a go.

I thought about trying Pole Fitness for over a year before actually giving it a go.

 

I was worried that people might think that I was somehow trying to be stripper-esque.

I was worried that people might think that I was somehow trying to be stripper-esque.

 

I decided to throw a Pole Party so that my friends would be there for moral support...and bring booze.  My husband hired us a limo so we could relive prom night sans the losing-your-virginity part.

I decided to throw a Pole Party so that my friends would be there for moral support…and bring the hard booze. My husband hired us a limo because the Chows are big pimpin’ sometimes.

 

Here is the empty pole studio.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but here it is, just a bunch of poles all spread out.  The lighting is dim because no one needs to see their booty bounce in harsh light.

Here is the empty pole studio. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but here it is, just a bunch of poles all spread out. The lighting is dim because no one needs to see their booty bounce in harsh light.

 

We did a lot of body tracing, which is when you run your hand along your body in a seductive way.  It's a little weird at first but then the Britney comes on and you start to feel FIERCE!

We did a lot of body tracing, which is when you run your hand along your body in a seductive way. It’s a little weird at first but then the Britney comes on and you start to feel FIERCE!

 

Oh yeah, getting the hang of it...OR the apple martinis are starting to kick in.  Only problem is that you can't wear a tiara and pole.  There aren't enough bobby pins in the world to hold that bitch on straight.

Oh yeah, the apple martinis are starting to kick in we’re getting the hang of it! Only problem is that you can’t wear a tiara and pole. There aren’t enough bobby pins in the world to hold that bitch on straight.

 

We had a great time and the workout was intense.  We learned the fireman spin because we took an intro class and that's what you learn in Pole 101.

We had a great time and the workout was intense. We learned the fireman spin because we took an intro class and that’s what you learn in Pole 101.

 

See an expert teach the fireman spin here!

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