Wednesday, September 15, 2010

C25K

Way back in my single days I used to love to walk around Greenlake for exercise.  I walked on treadmills at the gym and around my neighborhood, too, but every so often on a nice day I'd drive down to Greenlake and walk the 3-mile path.  I once decided that I would love to one day be able to run it.  I had never been a runner, and had never had much interest in running until a friend kind of turned me on to it.  I got to where I could run a mile, or a little more, but it was very difficult.  And one day on the treadmill at the gym I actually ran two whole miles without stopping.  I was so proud.  But it was a one-time thing, and I never kept working at it long enough to actually build up to 3 miles.  When Paul and I were dating, we would meet at Greenlake every Tuesday and walk it together and we'd run some but I of course couldn't run the whole thing but it made me want to build up to it all over again.  Then we got married, moved, had the girls, etc. and we never go to Greenlake anymore and I've been happy just doing my home workouts and walking/light running on the treadmill.

Then I heard about the Couch to 5k (C25K) program and thought maybe I'd try it someday.  So Monday I did!  It's basically a program designed for non-runners to be able to work up to running 5K (or 3 miles) in 9 weeks.  I did the very first workout on the treadmill at the gym and it was great.  It was actually pretty easy since I already incorporate a little running into my treadmill workouts already, but I know it's going to get a lot harder pretty soon.  Tonight will be my second C25K workout and it's exactly the same as Monday's so I know it will be easy, but I think when I get to week 3 or so it will start to get a lot harder.  Anyway, I'm excited to see how it goes and if I'll really be able to run 3 miles at the end of this.  And maybe, just maybe, I'll do the Turkey Trot 5K with Paul this year! 

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