This morning I continued on my quest, the Couch to 5K program! It was my second day of the first week. If you follow the program, you 'run' three days a week for eight weeks, then you're presumably fit enough to run a 5K race.

I'm not going to lie, I was pretty sore after the first day, but lots of stretching and water helped quite a bit. This morning, I really wanted to roll over and go back to sleep, but I couldn't help but think of my friend who passed away yesterday from emphysema and COPD. When I thought of Danny, I couldn't stay in bed.

I refuse to let myself go. So, I ran this morning. I ran for a lot of reasons. I ran in memory of Danny. I ran in memory of my father, who, had he still been with us, would have turned 70 this week. My father had his first heart attack at 38 years old. I can't remember a time when he wasn't in and out of the hospital, later receiving a heart transplant that blessed us with extra time. He died two days before my wedding. I ran because of my family. I ran because I want to be there for them and I want to be able to care for them. I ran because I know I'm out of shape and because I have a big birthday coming up. I don't want to be a statistic. I want to quit smoking and lose the excess baggage. I want to be able to ride my horses better. And, of course, I want to look better. I want more energy and I definitely want an excuse to buy a new wardrobe. So, yes, I got up and ran again this morning for all these reasons and more.

Strangely, with all of these reasons in my head, it was easier. This, coming from a girl who for her entire life said she hated to run. This might end up being about more than an exercise program. I can see now, that it just might end up changing my life!