Fast forward to summer 2009. I was training for the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk. It's a walk, I can do that. But walking all that time is boooorrrriiiinnnnggg. (the actual walk was not boring, just training for it by myself) I started thinking about running again. I had also completed the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I was feeling strong. I could do anything.
So, while we are walking in the 3 Day, I pop off. "After this I'd like to do a 5k." That's when I found out about the iPhone app - Couch to 5K. My friend Monica had used it and really liked it. I decided I would buy it as soon as I was rested up from the 3 Day. Well, the 3 Day didn't go exactly as planned (huge asthma attack and month long fall out). But, I did buy the app and started the program on December 14, 2009.
At first I was not fast but all hunched forward. I felt stupid and like I would fall over at any moment. I talked to my husband about it and he helped me sit back into my run. Now I feel more that Rocky. Ya know the scene when he runs and punches? That's me. Slow and steady.
I can not say enough about the C25K program. It eases you into running. You warm up. You walk. You run. Repeat. Cool down. It prompts you "You are half way through" "5 minutes left". Your running time gradually increases.
My race is on Saturday, February 13. My goal is simply to not die. Just kidding (kinda), I think it will go well. My actual goal is to run a 5K a month.
Here are some random thoughts on starting to run:
- If you are on Twitter, hook into a group like #momsrunning. I've met great ladies there who really encourage me (thanks @timeoutmom and @fitcheerldr)
find someone to hold you accountable and to encourage you.
- I run by myself but I text and/or Twitter about my runs. People want you to succeed. Well, normal people do anyway.
- I run in the early morning so I let my husband know how long I'll be gone and my route. That way he knows when to worry.
- I didn't load up on gear. I run in the shoes that I did the 3 Day in. And I had cold weather gear from the 3 Day (thank you Buffy). But I did buy a think that straps my iPhone to my arm.
- Read all you can about running and cross training. It will help keep you motivated and improve your training.
- Load your iPod or other MP3 player with music that will get you moving. Think of all the 'trash' no one wants to listen to but you. I have rap music from college, Broadway show tunes, and teen pop princesses. And I have it on shuffle so I never know what's coming next.
- I've found that chewing gum helped me learn to breath through my nose and not pant like a dog.
- I'm a dancer by nature so somethings I swing my arms or do arm dancing routines for a change of pace.