By no stretch of the imagination am I an athlete. If you’ve been following this blog even for a short while, you’ll know my huge loves are food and the arts. And although I enjoy watching sports, I don’t often participate in them.
A huge reason for this is that I’m just not that good at it. Combined with the fact that I can be overly competitive, I tend to beat myself up when I don’t do well and end up not having a good time.
Despite this, though, I’ve recently started pushing myself to be more active. It started by joining Hungry in CLE‘s kickball team For Whom the Ball Rolls. Part of the Hermes Sports and Social league, we meet every Tuesday at Tremont’s Clark Field to play kickball. And it’s a lot of fun (even if I am too hard on myself)!
I haven’t played kickball since grade school and have quickly realized how little I remember of the game. But I’m learning, and even if I still can’t figure out how to kick the ball so that it’s not a pop-up out, I’ll get there eventually. In addition to Hungry in CLE, fellow bloggers @MildlyRelevant and Why CLE? are on the team.
I can also thank blogging for introducing me to the other sports activity I’m undertaking this summer.
When Poise in Parma announced that July 9th’s Ohio Blogging Meet up would be The Run for the Pierogies, I initially planned on cheering everyone on and meeting up for brunch after the race. The last time I participated in any sort of running (and I use the term loosely) was over ten years ago. And even then, I grudgingly walked it as part of the mandatory fitness tests in high school.
However, another one of the great things about the Ohio Blogging Association is being able to learn from other bloggers’ stories and take motivation from what has motivated them.
After these bloggers – Poise in Parma, Healthy Heddleston, WhyCLE, HungryinCLE, Finishing Firsts, A Slice of Kiwi, Mojamala2 – shared their experiences about running or getting fit (whether it was ten years or just a few months ago), I realized I could stop joking about my lack of athleticism and lace up my sneakers at the Run for the Pierogies.
And if nothing else, there is the promise of pierogies at the end of it.
For once, though, I’m not setting a lofty goal. I want to have fun while doing this and figure if I push myself too hard, I’m going to discourage myself from doing it at all. So after clocking myself walking a 5K at a little over 50 minutes, I’m hoping to end up somewhere between 45 and 50 minutes.
Between getting winded quickly, the shin splints and hamstring strain, I’m taking it slow and confess it’ll be more of a “Speed Walk for the Pierogies” than anything else. But it’s ok. I’m having fun and looking ahead to future 5Ks.
If you’re likewise trying to find small ways you can get more active in Cleveland, check out Hermes’ Cleveland Sports and Social activities. They offer leagues throughout the year, including volleyball, bowling, softball and skeeball.
You can also join me at the Run for the Pierogies in Parma on July 9th (a Hermes Road Racing event). There is a 1 mile and a 5k option. Registration is $20 each and benefits the American Cancer Society Parma Area Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society is an organization that’s personally close to my heart, so I’m glad my first 5K is going to support it.
Since I’ve needed to kick myself into gear, I’ve found that Active.com and Cool Running’s Couch to 5K program are excellent resources for training. Although I’ve had to modify some of Couch to 5K’s tips because I’m ridiculously out of shape and have a shorter time frame for my training, I’m planning to continue working on this after the 5K is over.
Have your own suggestions for how to get more active in Cleveland, including any 5Ks after July 9th you’d like to recommend?
Share them in the comments section below!
(Images from HermesCleveland.com, OHBlogging.com and Facebook.com/OHBlogging, respectively)