Thursday, November 19, 2009

I'm a Runner!

On May 5, 2009, I started the Couch to 5k running program. Check out 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!

This is me (on the right) and my sister, at our last 5k. She's so supportive! She has done three races with me (walking).

1 comment:

Holly L. said...

Good for you for persisting even in the challenging. I also picked up running last year without really believing I'd be able to make it very far. We are all works in progress and no improvement is too small for me! I'll be following along. Good luck!