Monday, January 07, 2008

Couch to 5K

I'm on a mission. I want to be a "runner". My original thought was to try and run the half marathon in my town, which is the first weekend in May. My husband has been trying to tell me that he doesn't think I should bite off that much when I'm just starting to run. I was like, "Oh, honey, everyone I talk to says that if I start training in January, I can surely run the half by May."

Well, yesterday was my first walk/jog experience in a really, really long time. I'm not sure I've actually run since I was in highschool. Yikes! I took my almost 9 year old with me. He loves to run and is a pretty energetic boy. I figured he'd be complaining that his old mom couldn't keep up with him. We walked about 10 blocks to the beginning of the bike path that we were going to run on. Then we began our run for 90 seconds, walk for 60 seconds intervals. We did that for 10 minutes and then we were to turn around. My intention was to do the same thing for another 10 minutes and then walk the rest of the way home. N was too tired to run anymore, so reluctantly I agreed to walk the rest of the way home. Ha-ha-ha. Actually, I was secretly relieved. I was also feeling pretty tired. We walked home and stopped along the way to watch a construction site for a few minutes. We also played a little game to see who could shout the make of the next coming car first and correctly. If you know N at all, you know that I didn't have a chance of winning that competition. It was a fun experience and I'm glad N was willing to go with me!

Now, here is the part where I have to admit that my hubby was right! I'm going to persevere with this running thing, but I'm not going to go crazy and kill myself trying to get ready for a half marathon in just 16 weeks. My new and much more reasonable goal is to run a 5K this spring. That is something that is attainable but still something that I will have to work towards. I should go running again tomorrow, but my legs are KILLIN' me today. I may have to wait until Wednesday. I mentioned the sore legs to hubby and he asked if I had stretched at all (like he told me before). Um, no, I didn't. Gee, why does he always have to know what he's talking about??!!

Stay tuned for further Couch to 5K updates. And someone please say a prayer that I'll be able to walk normally tomorrow. :)

1 comment:

kim said...

Way to go!!! I have been a "runner" for 1 year now and I thought I would hate it...but 1 year later, I love it and actually look forward to it each day I run. I have a goal to run a real race in the spring here in Switzerland. Good luck with your running. Keep in there, it is well worth it.