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Get Fit For 2010: How I Learned to Love Running

Hurrah! We made it through another week of the Get Fit For 2010 giveaway. It's been great to read everyone's progress reports. Check out FitSugar user sfmalinali's inspiring post on how she found her love of running.

I just completed my first organized run — a 4-mile Run For Haiti event in NYC and I loved it! I finished in about 40 minutes, which is not too bad considering there were thousands of people running. I feel great and super ready and stoked for the half marathon I'm signed up to do in April.

I never thought that I would enjoy running. All my life I've been pretty active but running was my enemy. I played soccer for 10 years but hated running at practice. Since I was a defensive player, I hardly did any running during the games. If I did run, it was short and quick. It also helped that I was running for a purpose: to stop the ball or the player on the other team. Long distance running just sounded awful and boring, but look at me now — I love it!

To see how her weight loss is going and what she's given up for Lent,


As for my weight loss, I have lost 10-pounds since January, which is great. The weight I gained from dealing with a heartbreak and moving has finally come off and I am ready to shed more. I am hoping to lose 10-15 more pounds before the half marathon.

I've been pretty good about eating but I definitely have my bad days. I think sticking to a healthy diet is the hardest part for me. I buy healthy food but it's so easy to eat unhealthy in NYC. Every restaurant delivers, and since I'm a grad student and also have emotional days, I end up eating out more than I should. Compared to last year, I don't do it as much so it is an improvement.

Overall, I feel great and I want to keep up this excitement. (I also gave up cigarettes for Lent. Hopefully it will continue even after Lent ends.)

Great job, sfmalinali! We'd love to hear about your exercise life, so join our Get Fit For 2010 community group and write a blog post about what workouts work for you! By participating, you'll not only be on your way to a healthier you, but you'll also be entered into the drawing for our weekly giveaway of a $100 Nike gift card as well as an awesome grand prize.

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