move it, move it!

I’ve been harboring a bookmark on my computer for months now.   Couch to 5k is a program that claims to train any non-runner to be able to get through a 5K in 9 weeks.   I’ve been meaning to start this program.  I’ll go to bed at night, and think “tomorrow I will start” and set my alarm for 6am, but when the alarm goes off, I hit snooze and think “i’ll do it tomorrow”.   Have I ever mentioned I am a procrastinator??

Yesterday, as I read through the 20+ blogs I subscribe to, I saw a post by my cousin Nina, who writes an adorably humbling blog about her daily life accompanied by pictures of her two sweet daughters Sophia & Olivia.   She was starting the Couch to 5K program!   I swear there is a huge genetic gap in our family; we are made up of some physically fit soccer stars, runners, surfers, along with chubby overweight lazy bums!  Although I played field hockey in high school, danced for 13 years, and spent 3 years on the crew team in college, I am definitely on the “chubby overweight lazy bum” end of our family.   Nina is definitely more in shape than I am, even after having two kids, but I think she shares the same gene that makes the idea of running ultimately terrifying to me.

I was so happy to see Nina’s post, “From Couch Potato to…”, because it finally gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get my fat ass off the couch and get moving.   I found a great Iphone App that let’s you play your iPod and will prompt you when to run/walk each time to keep up with the program.  It seems to be a great app.

I did start on the wrong foot this morning as I ignored the program warnings to stretch and I haven’t done anything more than a brisk walk in months.  After about 15 minutes of walk/jog my shins felt like they were going to split in half!  It was so painful I had to stop and walk the rest of the way.   Man, I am soooo out of shape.  I can’t wait for my trainer to come back to work, I need her desperately to whip me back into shape.

Monday I’ll do another day of the program…and will remember to stretch next time….

5 thoughts on “move it, move it!

  1. Maria – I am excited for you! We can do it together across the country. I need this Iphone app because the timing feels really ridiculous. I just don’t have an Iphone…See if you can find someone to do it with too. It really is my only hope.

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  2. The app is simply called “Couch to 5K”. It’s really great since it tells you when to stop and start running. They have a “Couch to 10K” app, but who am I kidding, 5K is good enough for me.

    I walked a 6K on Sunday, which gave me a huge blister on the bottom of my foot (guess its time for new running shoes) so I’ve had to skip a few days waiting for it to heel. I’m gonna start back on day one today..

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