Couch Potato to 5K

I’m going to run a 5k in November and I’m telling you, Internet, because if I don’t post it here, I’ll slack off and not do it. So I’m admitting my goal now in the hopes that the pressure will keep me on track. I have never been very athletic, so this is really going to be a challenge for me. A very good friend of mine, Missy, put together a wonderful plan which will ease me into running. I’m going to post my progress and hold myself accountable on the blog, so forgive the occasional running report.

There are several things that have prompted this:

  1. I turned (gasp) 35 this year and am actually having a little difficulty accepting it. I am no longer the “youngster” in the office and have found myself being the one with “life experience.” That’s a different role for me.
  2. The work I’ve been doing lately consists of reading medical records, autopsy results, death certificates, wills, letters of administration, powers of attorney . . . I guess I’ve been thinking more about ageing and keeping myself healthy.
  3. My brother and sister-in-law completed a triathlon right before we joined them on vacation and I’m so proud of them!
  4. The Olympics!
  5. Brandon wants to run with me – which I think is an excellent way to bond with my preteen son – because pretty soon he’s not going to want to be seen in public with me.
  6. I need more energy – there are too many things I want to do, but just don’t have the energy to do them.

So there you have it – tomorrow morning Brandon and I embark on our training schedule – if I can drag myself out of bed! (And that’s a big IF because I am NOT a morning person!)


5 Responses

  1. Congratulations on making the goal! You’ll do FANTASTIC! Before you know it 5k will be easy and you’ll wonder where you got all this energy from! 🙂 Good luck! p.s. I think it’s a great thing to do with Brandon – that’s really really cool.

  2. Wow! I think that’s a great idea and I am glad Brandon is doing it with you! Keep us updated and we will cheer you on!

  3. That’s great! Your running a 5K will keep me inspired to continue going to the YMCA. I’ve just joined, and am starting a fitness program. I hope to be able to go at least 3 times a week. Now I’ll have to keep it up to be as fit as you and Brian and Liz.

  4. Not sure if i’ve missed the point in the name?? but there is a training programme to be found on the coolrunning site called couch potato to 5k and i have to say its excellent. i found it about 3/4 years ago and when ever i roam off the track, its a great programme to start up again and as such is a great starting point.. keep fit all!!

  5. My neighbour and I started the couch potato to 5k program and thought we would never make it. One month later we are seeing great results with our stamina. We are both pushing 50 with no background in running and some extra pounds to carry around. If we get to 5k …anyone can!

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