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Resolution: Russell Forest Run

Published 12:06pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I am a firm believer in New Year’s resolutions.

I know I’m probably in the minority, but I believe there is something magical about resolving to do better, do more and make overall life improvements in the New Year.

Call me an eternal optimist, but I love the notion of leaving last year’s mistakes behind and starting fresh.

I also have a streak of realism, which is why I’m sharing my resolution for 2013 with the entire circulation of The Outlook.

I’ve always been told if you publicize your goals you’ll be more likely to reach them – so call this an insurance policy, if you will.

Because in 2013 I am resolving to do something I haven’t since my days at Auburn: I am resolving to run a 5K.

My physical fitness level has significantly fallen since my college days, and my gym visits have dramatically decreased post my April 2012 wedding.

But I am dusting off my running shoes.

I am training for the Russell Forest Run, and I invite you to join me.

I am personally following the Couch to 5K running plan, a 9-week program that promises to gently glide a total beginner into running 3.1 miles.

It began with three days a week of jogging just 2 minutes at a time. It seems like a very straightforward program to follow and so far seems to be working.

I struggled through the first workout of last week, but this morning I noticed I ran for 3 minutes without feeling the immediate need to lie down afterward.

My degree is in journalism not exercise science – so please don’t take my advice as gospel on how to train. Consult a doctor or at least my better-seasoned colleagues – Lacey Howell and Austin Nelson are far better runners than I will ever be.

But however you decide to train, I hope you will.

The Russell Forest Run is going to be too much fun to miss. I’ve been told the post-race party complete with beer and grits bar is reason enough to run 3.1 miles.

The Russell Forest is a beautiful natural resource for our area, and the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation could not be a more deserving charity.

I resolve to run the Russell Forest Run, and I hope you’ll be running with me.

Pemberton is a staff writer for The Outlook.