Monday, January 11, 2010

Contagious! defines contagious as:

1) Capable of being transmitted by bodily contact with an infected person or object;
2) Tending to spread from person to person.

Typically when we hear the word contagious we think of our colleagues who come to work sick and are spreading the germs to everyone. Or we think of those nasty germs at the gym that could cause you to get some infection on your leg that needs to be cleared up with antibiotics. Or even LICE, Yuck!!! To sum it up, we typically think contagious = BAD!

A new trend in the news is good news though and I didn't realize how true it was until recently. I did my first triathlon in 2003 because my sister talked me and my other sister to participate. I probably would have quit doing triathlons but my sister was insistent that I sign up the next year, and I did. My sister has a knack for "recruiting" people to participate in races with her. Does that make my sister contagious?

Well here is something to consider. I started enjoying these races that my sisters talked me into and I started doing more (2009 being the busiest for me so far). Through the years I have begun recruiting people to join me as well. My friend from HS and her husband have joined me for triathlons, a 10k, and soon to be a half marathon. My friend from Colorado is running now. A friend in Columbus did her first triathlon with me in September. Another friend and I are going to run together for the first time tomorrow. My mom is more committed to sticking with WW. My cousin has asked me about WW and is considering joining.

Do I credit myself for getting people to join the "healthier lifestyle"? Not really but do I credit my sisters for continuing to push me to adopt a healthier lifestyle? Sure.

So here is the big question does contagious always have to = BAD???

1 comment:

  1. Very cool. I just don't seem to have time to read everyone's blogs... Good post though! :)