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.

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