It’s Not a Dream: Running, Spandex, and CAMERAS

You may have seen my tweets and Facebook updates: I have to run.  Like — really run . . . next WEEK.

But, wait — I’m not just going for a stroll through my neighborhood.  I’m running in Central Park (you know, the one in Law & Order that always has impossibly fit people jogging through it and chatting away like the running is a piece of cake) . . . .with JARED.  Yeah — that Jared of Subway fame.

But, WAIT — I won’t only be with Jared (who is in training for November’s ING New York City Marathon).  Oh, no — I’ll also be running with a professional: the winner of last year’s marathon.

Ok . . so now we have me, Jared, and a professional, marathon-winning runner . . . what could make me feel more awkward?

How about adding around 15 flashing paparazzi-like cameras into the mix?

OH! Did I mention there’s a chance that Spandex will be present as well?  Since I am not a runner and have no CLUE as to what runners wear, I’ve been seeking advice and tips.  One bit of info that keeps being offered is wear “something supportive or compressive.”  Think “Spandex.”

(Ummmm . . . there’s a “BIG” reason why I avoid spandex.  It’s called . . . my Mommy Booty.)


What in the world have you gotten yourself into?  Why are you leaving Texas?  Why are you running with Jared? Why are you running in spandex and WHY are you going to let a bunch of photographers document the horror the event?

Well, folks — it was all set into motion when I made the choice, several months ago, that I was going to change my life.  No longer would I continue on the path toward inactivity, poor health, and obesity.

I was going to change — be thinner, active and healthy.  I was going to set an example for my children — a good example — of what it means to be a health-conscious adult.

In short, I’ve Committed to being Fit.

You know from my blog posts that being fit is an ongoing journey; one doesn’t wake up, snap one’s fingers and suddenly become thin and trim.  It’s HARD WORK.  I’ve fought for every bit of my 30 pound weight loss.  I’ve sweated buckets and fallen flat on my face (more than once), but I’ve kept going.

I am not ever going to stop living my healthy lifestyle.  Sure, there will be mishaps along the way (thanks to a Nutella addiction that rears its ugly head from time to time), but I will keep going.

That’s what it means (for me) when I talk about my Commitment to being Fit.

Jared is renewing his own commitment to fitness after putting on a few pounds over that past year.

(see . . . it happens to all of us)

Part of that commitment involves running in Novembers’ NY Marathon, the world’s largest and most known marathon.

Subway is helping him with his goals AND they are launching a new initiative: Commit to Fit.

The program is all about encouraging the rest of us to join Jared and set our own goals . . . a personal goal that will help us lead a fitter, healthier life.

  • Does that mean we all need to run the NY Marathon?  No.
  • Does that mean we all need to join a gym and wear spandex?  No (but if you want to so I’ll feel better about my spandex, you can)
  • Does that mean we all need to stop eating Nutella and only eat bark and berries?  Um . . . no.

The point of Subway’s Commit to Fit campaign is to get each of us to evaluate how we can achieve a healthy lifestyle and set a goal that works for us.

We’re all different; we don’t have the same lives, the same schedules, the same physical abilities or dietary needs.  But — we ALL can make a personal change — set a personal goal — take a step on our personal journey toward fitness.

So, now, my commitment means I have set a new goal: help out my heart by learning to run.

I have the shoes and the spandex will be arriving today.

And, next week, I’ll be donning both to move through Central Park with Jared (and two of my favorite Mamavation people, Lisa, from 50 in 8, and Leah, founder of Mamavation).  I’m not sure what a Marathon Training Run is like . . . but I’ll be doing it.

Hopefully, there won’t be too many photos of my spandex-covered booty when it’s all over.


Want to follow my Central Park run next week?  Watch for my tweets using the hashtag #commit2fit  . . . I will DEFINITELY keep you updated.  And, when I get back, I may even have a ton of pics and some prizes to giveaway.  Just maybe. (if the spandex hasn’t cut off all circulation, that is)

What about you?  Have you set a goal this year (or even this month) toward better health?  Share and let me encourage you too!


  1. Diane Baum says

    My goal is to lose 20 pounds and to fit comfortably in my old clothes. i am very excited about it and about increasing my work out days from 2 to r.

  2. says

    You are so inspiring! You are going to do great and will represent TEXAS Well! Enjoy getting away from the heat and humidity for a day or two :) You can do this! I’m so proud to have met you.

  3. says

    You are SO amazing! I just HEART you!! *squishy hugs*

    My goal this year is to run another half marathon – my race is October 10th.

    My 6 month goal is to run (or atleast COMPLETE) a full marathon – January 2011.

    I would LOVE to be 131 by my 31st birthday (May 2011) – which means I need to lose and KEEP off 20lbs by then (doable… but still a challenge!!

  4. says

    Swagger Rachel, SWAGGER! I am sure your mommy booty will be cute with a shot of confidence. I was wondering what all this Jared and running talk has been about. You are going to do well. I am also sure of that. XOXO

  5. Sarah says

    I am sooo excited for you! Seth and I have been using Cool Running website’s couch to 5k plan. It’s like 8 weeks and it starts you running at like 30 seconds at a time. We ran our first 20 minutes solid last week. It can be hard, but it makes you feel sooo good after!

  6. says

    My goal is to stop beating myself up for not maintaining my 24-year-old weight and to work on keeping my body healthy and accept the God-given shape it’s meant to be . I’m learning to accept that my metabolism has changed. I’ve started using the elliptical and want to maintain a reasonable schedule for that. I tend to either freak out and overload on exercising one week. The next week I’ll feel so overwhelmed and defeated that I won’t do anything at all. Neither is good.
    Note to self: I will never have a Victoria Secret model booty and thighs…and I don’t have to!
    So 1) Self Acceptance 2)Maintaining a reasonable schedule for exercise.

  7. Lindsay says

    Best of luck Rachel. And just remember to enjoy it. My motto that I have printed on my RoadID and when I go run is “enjoy the journey” no matter what I am doing, being a mommy, wife, friend, cleaning house, running errands, or just running I try to remember to stop and enjoy it.

    Oh and FYI-I have lost almost 50lbs in the last 5 months, and one on my favorite breakfasts is 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, ice cubes, and 1 tbsp of Nutella. It’s soooooo yummy. At about 250 it’s a great way to start the morning, with lots of protein, and it gets my sweet tooth taken care of early in the day.

    • Rachel says

      Dude — a Nutella Protein SMOOTHIE? I think I love you.

      Thanks for the tips on Facebook and that motto – you’re exactly right.

  8. says

    That is so cool! I can’t wait to see your paparazzi pics with Jared. :) I’m glad I’m not the only person on the road to getting fit who has a Nutella addiction, haha! ROCK ON for losing 30 pounds!! I hired a personal trainer and was working out 5 days a week until I injured my knees earlier in the year – that’s still slowing me down, unfortunately, but I’m working hard on taking the time to eat properly and make my health a priority. I’m 9 pounds down and counting, and once my knees heal that will make my progress much faster. :)

  9. says

    This sounds like a great way to get re-energized to meet your personal goals. I lost 15 pound last year on the Atkins diet, but I have steadily put it all back on. I need to recommit as well. I have a Zumba buddy — we’re trying! Trouble is, we are also Panera buddies!

  10. says

    First, do you HAVE to wear Spandex? I don’t know if it is part of a promo for a specific clothing brand – so maybe you do. But, I sort of hate running in Spandex – and I am a runner. I used to think that I needed to because all the fancy pants runners did, and some do – but the more started running the less I started wearing compression pants (except in COLD weather – then you need them!). I bought a pair of UnderArmour ‘compression’ shorts for a 189 mile relay race that I ran in July thinking it would aid in muscle recovery, and they ended up being a disaster (dude – they rode up SO BAD when I started ‘going’). If I had been wearing underwear, I totally would have peeled those shorts off half way into my first leg. Alas, I didn’t want to get arrested.
    Okay, so if you do have to wear the Spandex – then my advice to you is to wear them ALL THE TIME – seriously, as much as possible before the ‘event’ . A runners motto is never do anything different on race day – wear your favorite, most comfortable race gear, shoes etc. So, if you aren’t comfortable in Spandex – then you need to get comfortable in them. STAT.
    Check out this site – there are alot of reviews for gear, plus there are alot of great bloggers that are training for their first marathons there, etc.

    • Rachel says

      No — I don’t have to get Spandex; that was just suggested a couple of times and stuck out in my brain thanks to my fear of the fabric. 😉

      I read your comment earlier today from my phone — while I was in Target trying on running attire. Thank you SO much for your suggestions; I ended up ditching compression/spandex pants and went with a lighter but still close fitting pair of capris.
      Thanks, Katherine!

  11. says

    OMG now I’m really jealous. You get to run with Meb??!!
    Wow you are so lucky to have this opportunity!! Really excited for you.

    Goals this year: Lose some weight, check (10 or so more to go about 12 down)
    Run a 5K, check
    Ride my bike across Maine, check!
    Run more 5Ks

    Very excited! Can’t wait to see the pics!!

  12. says

    Good luck, Rachel! I am so rooting for you – and really, better you than me. How intimidating! But, you will do great and have an awesome experience.

    My fitness goal is really to tone up and be more physically fit. I would love to practice running and get into a real routine. Sigh…

  13. says

    Yay! I can’t wait to follow your day. It’s going to go great. I have a pair of champion brand shorts I bought at Target that go to a little above your knee. Like Heather said make sure their tight or they will ride and be a pain in the butt. I would look into buying some Body Glide to rub on your legs and anywhere else that you tend to chafe. I chafe right under my arm pit where my jog bra rubs. You’ll thank me later. I wish someone would of told me about that stuff way earlier. Just relax and have fun thats what running is about! I hope you post lots of tips and tricks the winner of last year gives you guys. I need some help in the running department lately.

  14. says

    I am so stoked that you get to do this with Lisa and Leah! And yes…a bit (read: a whole lot!) jealous! But more than anything, I’m really proud of you for the commitment you’re making, have made, and will continue to make. And don’t worry about the spandex. I really not that bad. Running is one of those things that you have to be brave in your wardrobe to keep the chaffing away. Because believe me, nothing feels worse that chaffing. I cannot wait to see what the giveaways are and to see your pics and hear all about your experiences in NYC!!

  15. says

    I am so stinkin’ excited for you, Rachel!! You said on Mamavation TV this week that you wanted to learn how to run – you didn’t expect your chance to come so soon, did you? :-) What a great opportunity!

    And no, you don’t need spandex running shorts. Whatever you get, make sure it’s tight enough that it won’t ride up when you’re running. You don’t want to be caught by one of the paparazzi picking your shorts out of you-know-where! (I have Champion brand exercise shorts that go to my knee – they work great.)

  16. says

    This is going to be FUUUNNN!! I’m extremely excited, and NO GIRL, you’re not going to feel awkward all by yourself, I PROMISE! I’ll be right there with you, and if you want me to, I’ll trip and fall!!!! :)

    Can’t wait!