On May 5, 2009, I started the Couch to 5k running program. Check out http://www.coolrunning.com/ for a full description and training schedule. If you've always wanted to try running, you should definitely check it out! I wanted to run, but I could only run for about two minutes before giving up. My legs burned and I was out of breath.
The Couch to 5k program (abbreviated C25k) starts you out with intervals of running/jogging for 1 minute and walking for 1.5 minutes to recover. I won't lie, it's tough. But it slowly gets you in shape, and by the end, you can run 3.1 miles! One of the best tips is to run very slow. I mean really, really slow. If you stick with it, it really works! I've run four 5k races between June and November! After I finished C25k, I could have kept going and increased my long distance runs, but I wanted to work on building consistency.
There is a popular local race next Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) called the Run for the Diamonds. It's the 100th running of the race, and I wish I could compete, but it's a 9-mile run with some tough hills. I'm just not ready for that. But by next year, I'll probably be ready.
I'm a slow runner. Very slow. My best mile was 10:37, and I don't know how I managed it. lol. I don't see myself winning any medals or trophies for my speed. But if you run a half marathon, everyone who finishes gets a medal! So, I've decided on a new challenge...the half marathon! It's 13.1 miles, and it's going to be really tough. But the half marathon that I've chosen is May 1st, so I have all winter to train.
I know I can do it! I keep visualizing that medal. I made a training schedule, and I even give myself a star sticker every time I finish a training session. Yesterday I ran 3.1 miles on the treadmill, and I even beat my last 5k race time! This Sunday will be my long, slow distance run, and I have four miles planned, which is my longest run so far.
Wish me luck!