Losing It: Do I Run Like Phoebe from Friends?

Robin signed up for her first 5K (just don’t tell her she runs like a spaz). Plus—she gets a magical zero-Weight-Watchers-points, sort-of ice cream maker.

I don't look like that—um, right?

As I’ve stated in earlier entries, I am not an athlete. I am, especially, not a runner. I don’t like to run, could never picture myself running, and seriously questioned the sanity of anyone who professed to love running. Runner’s high? Yeah … you must be.

I think this all began in elementary school when our gym teacher decided that it would be a good idea to have us all run the mile multiple times a week. Weather be damned, we were out there making our way around the course, sweating in our Multiples jumpsuits and Jordache Jeans, eyes stinging and lungs burning from the cold, trying not to trip over the sprawled out bodies of the first graders who just couldn’t make it. I’m not going to say that this was child abuse, per se, but, seriously, it was. How dare you take my morning recess time away from me! I was scheduled to play bumper swings, followed by a mean game of Chinese jump rope. What, are you worried that in the not-too-distant future our country will be facing a scary childhood obesity epidemic? WTF?

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve said that I was going to run a 5K since then. I know, I know … to most of you a 5K is a walk in the park, but not to someone who has had a real aversion to running for 35 years. My fears, I believe, are two-fold:

1. Failure. I don’t handle failure very well, and what if I just can’t run a 5K?
2. I’m not altogether sure that I don’t look like Phoebe when I run. I mean, I don’t think I do … But what if I do?

So, as part of this little experiment in public weight loss I have finally decided to run a 5K. No, really. I even have a plan:

1. To counteract any Phoebe-ness I got some fresh new running kicks from my friends at shoesontheweb.com. I may be all spazzy from the ankles up, but my feet will look incredible.
2. After consulting with those who have braved 5Ks before me and have lived to tell the tale, I have chosen to follow the training plan on Coolrunning.com. I downloaded their app—everything is cooler with an app—and I’m already on week two. I’m not dead yet, so there’s that …
3. I’ve started making my running mix, which is obviously the best part of this whole thing. Am I a Black Eyed Peas runner? A Brit runner? An LMFAO runner? An Air Supply runner? These things remain to be seen.
4. I’ve chosen, and signed up for, my race. Fresh-ish from their incredible showing at the 2011 Kidney Walk, Team “Are You Kidney-ing Me” will be making an appearance at the Gift of Life Dash for Organ and Tissue Donation on April 15! This cause is very close to my heart, as my dad is on the list at Penn and will, hopefully, be receiving a kidney transplant in the very near future. (Read our story here.) I cannot think of a more wonderful organization to support as I dip my toe into the world of running.
5. Get some of you to join me! Click on the link to the race above and sign up to run with us that day. There’s also a 10K for those who are into that sort of thing, and a 3K Family Walk. A little something for everyone! If running isn’t your thing (and if it’s going to be mine it can DEFINITELY be yours) then support the team by donating to a wonderful cause!

And there it is. Simple as that, I am going to transform myself from a bona-fide run-a-phobe into Usain Bolt. If he were a distance runner rather than a sprinter. Whatever. Just work with me here.

Robin’s Weight Tracker
Starting: 130.4 pounds
Current: 123 pounds
Last week: 123.1 pounds
Goal: 113 pounds

What I Did This Week
Other than starting my 5K running program, I bought myself a Yonanas Machine. A friend told me about this little gem, sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, that turns your frozen bananas into ice cream-like whips. I’m sorry, what? Something ice cream-esque for zero points? I grabbed my 20-percent off coupon and was out the door. It has not left my counter since I bought it. I’m making blueberry/banana whips, strawberry/banana whips, PB&J whips (not zero points, but I brake for PB), and there is a whole recipe book to dive into. I’m having them multiple times a day and am trying to decide if something like a chicken florentine whip would be any good. No? Time to relax on the whips, you say? Fine, but when you buy yours and are scavenging around looking for frozen things to whip and decide that, sure, chicken pot pie might make a good whip, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go dig around for that pot pie …


Robin Raskin blogs about her weight loss journey every Thursday on Be Well Philly. Catch up on the series here, and follow her on Twitter at @RobinRaskin.

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  • Rhonda

    So even if you do end up looking like Pheobe (which Im sure you don’t…) could she look any happier when she’s running? Run and smile at the same time, you’ll trick yourself into loving it :)))

    I was actually just telling my 4 year old that when I was in 6th grade, we had to do the 1 mile Turkey Trot and I came in, drum roll please, LAST place. Yep, last place out of everyone. So what if I stopped on the sidelines and cried (I remember my friend Ali Brooks stopped and comforted me)….I got back up and finished! Im sure you won’t be the last one in the race and even if you are…who cares! You accomplished your goal!!

    You can count on me to join you in the race! Wouldn’t dare miss an event to support you and your amazing father!!! Now 5K or 10K?? I just don’t know.

    Also, you inspired me to get a Yonana machine! I just bought a bunch of bananas to freeze. So not going the chicken pot pie route though :))) Congrats on another loss! 10 more pounds to go!!!

    • Robin

      If only that last-place 6th grader could see you now, my very fit friend!

  • P Stern

    As always Rob, you make me smile and laugh
    I love you

    • Robin

      Ladies and gentlemen… my mommy. Hi mom! :)

  • Ali Brooks

    OMG Rhonda!!!!!!! As soon as I read Turkey Trot, I started to remember…then I kept reading and remembered that I came in second-last…and then I saw my name! This is the best thing I’ve read in a long time. Love!

  • gayle

    …but Phoebe is a very happy person so she is doing something write…and I LOVED chinese jump rope!

  • Marlyn

    I too started running. Feel like an *!%< but I'm going to stick with it and I too want to run a 5k. I hear there is one that involves obstacles and mud. :) love the blog. I forgot just how whitty you are!!! Keep up the good work

    • Robin

      Marlyn… run with us on 4/15!!!

  • Lisa

    Hi Robin-Love your posts! Can you let everyone know how to join your team thru the Gft of Life link? I’d love to join you but can’t figure out how to do it.

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