Thursday, March 10, 2011

Week 1 of C25K

Couch to 5K (C25K) is working out well so far. It's the perfect program to get me out running and sticking with it. I went jogging (I feel weird calling it running since I am NOT anywhere close to being a runner yet) yesterday morning and felt great all day. It was definitely motivation to keep going. It's a 30 minute workout 3 days per week and takes 9 weeks. Well, we have 8 weeks including this one before our race, so I am going to have to be an overachiever and do it in 8 weeks instead.

Wednesday night I was talking to my husband about the upcoming 5K and he made it very clear that I am not to run alone. (My mom's friend is a runner and was raped during a run in her own neighborhood.) So I talked him into getting up early with me and putting our kid in the stroller and going together. He reluctantly agreed. I think it will be our Thursday morning ritual. Our schedules are crazy enough that it's probably the only morning we can go together. I will have to figure something out for the other days.

We had a great jog along the river trail and saw some ducks and geese which thrilled my son. He ran along with us for part of the time, but was in the stroller most of the way since it was pretty early and he was still a little tired. The run went great for the first half but once we hit our halfway mark and turned around and jogged back toward the car, we were running against the wind. It was not just a little breeze either. It was pretty strong and steady. It was cold and miserable! My husband gave me dirty looks the whole way back to the car! I am sure he was wondering why he agreed to be dragged out of bed to be that miserable! Luckily we had bundled up the kid. Overall, my husband was pretty good natured about it and even agreed to join me again.

I am sore and tired today since I ran 2 days in a row, but I still feel really good about doing this. I have wanted to run a 5K for a long time now and I am happy that I am committed and FINALLY going to accomplish this goal. It has also helped me to eat better since I run in the morning and don't want  to ruin my great start to the day. It's just the thing to help me out of this stagnant rut I was in. I am excited to keep at it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Run for your LIFE!

I need to keep my interest in this health routine so to do that I merely add to my list of goals. A long time goal of mine that I have never achieved is running a 5k. I am NOT a runner and think every damn step is miserable so it's no surprise that I have never accomplished this goal. Well, I better put on my runnin' shoes, cuz I'm gonna do it this time! I am starting the Couch to 5K program, which is exactly what I need. My sister wants to run the Race for the Cure 5K on her birthday. That is in less than 2 months so I gotta get running! (She did say she might change her mind about running on her birthday and choose a different 5K in June for us to run together. Either way, I gotta get up and get going.)

I have a few friends who are running addicts. I wish I was like that, but I just really hate it. One friend in particular always says "Run for your life!" Which has both the urgency and health benefiting connotations to it. I like it. I might steal it. Oh wait, I already did :)

Mark your calendars and come cheer us on, or run with us at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure on May 7th! More info here: http://www.komenslc.org/