Several months ago, I wrote about my decision get off my ass and start the Couch 2 5K running program. Everyone was very supportive and let me just say, I truly appreciated all the encouragement. I have to admit, though, that in the back of my mind, I was not 100% sure I would ever make the 5k goal.
That’s a lot of running.
If I’m being honest, I’ve never had great success with “programs.” Oh, I start out with gang busters and have the best intentions of finishing but I never complete them. Either injury, boredom or just plain laziness has always gotten in the way of a successful ending. I’d tell myself, ah well, there’s always next time. What’s the rush?
I guess, a few months ago, I finally faced the facts that I’m running out of next times. So, after hearing so many friends and acquaintances talking about running (the C 2 5K or not), I decided to go for it.
My sister jokingly told me that while she’s not against being active, there would have to be a crazed monster chasing her before she’d run 5K. I replied that, sadly, I’d had a good look in the mirror recently and that my ass was the crazed monster chasing me. That’s why I was doing it. We had a good laugh but I wasn’t entirely kidding. I wasn’t too pleased about the rear view.
So, fast forward to today. I have completed Couch 2 5K. Yes! Start to finish, no shortcuts or adjustments, I did the whole thing! In fact, I’ve run 5K several times now. OH YEAH BABY!!!!! I can’t say enough about what a great program it is. It might sound intimidating but it’s a slow process and completely doable. I did have a few set backs due to some serious pain in my feet. I ended up replacing both my running shoes and my tennis shoes with new, higher quality shoes and thankfully the pain in my feet has gone away.
Proper footwear is essential.
For those who are interested in the results…frustratingly, I haven’t lost any weight. However, I have lost a total of 6.4 inches all over and the crazed monster that is my ass is shaping up…slowly. There has been some significant toning going on, my clothes fit better and my cardio endurance is much improved. I can see a big difference when I’m playing tennis. All good things.
I know that I shouldn’t really care what the scale says but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that the needle hasn’t budged. I plead with it weekly with no avail. I’ll keep trying though.
So, that brings me to what’s next.
Between you and me, I want to do the 10K before my 40th birthday in August. 10K sounds totally daunting to me right now but I downloaded the Bridge to 10K app and it has the same slow buildup to the distance. So, I feel pretty good about it. If I go by the program, I should achieve my goal before July but I want to make sure that I have time to take it slow if I start having pain in my feet again. I think finishing by August is totally reasonable…scary, but reasonable.
Now that’s a lot of running…
I can do this.