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….