Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Run For You Life!

I've always admired those people who are dedicated enough to don the work out gear and hit the streets running.  Literally.  I admire them as I drive by them in my car.  I secretly wish I could be one of them.  I like that idea of becoming a jogger like I like the idea of becoming a wine drinker.  I don't know what it is about those two things, but I long to be able to consider myself one of them.  Except, I can't get past how disgusting wine tastes to me and how painful and daunting jogging is. 

I've even heard that jogging is simple.  If you know how to walk, then you should be able to figure out how to jog right?   You put one foot in front of the other to walk, with jogging you just put one foot in front of the other faster.  Eric loves to jog, so it would be cool to master it enough that we could go running together and he wouldn't get frustrated with me and all my stopping.

So since I've done gone and signed up for this Zombie 5K race in September I guess now is a good a time as any to attempt to figure out this hurdle I face.  How do I get through the pain of running?  How do I run farther than 4 houses up my street before I need to 'walk it out'?  Well I'm turning to the phenomenon of the Couch to 5K program everyone is raving about these days. 

After reading through the proposed schedule it appealed to me because it follows my way of thinking.  I assumed one got decent at running by taking it slow (the irony is not lost on me).  Walk for a bit, run for a bit, walk for a bit, run for a bit.  And eventually lengthen the amount of running and lower the amount of walking.  Makes sense to me.  Doesn't make sense to Eric, but that's why I wasn't successful with his coaching.  He just thought I should run and push myself through it.  Not possible.  I'm too stubborn (not one of my more endearing character traits, I know). 
So this weekend, I'm will be shopping for proper running shoes (I'll need them for the run in September anyway, Converse Chucks probably aren't going to cut it while I'm running for my life) and a proper sports bra (gotta keep these girls contained so they don't distract me and convince me to stop running).  I am going to attempt to figure out my Ipod too.  If I can figure out why it doesn't seem to be compatable on my new computer then I can upload some appropriate 'running' songs on to it.  I hear music helps with the passing of time.  And then I'll be all set to get started.  By then I'm going to need to come up with yet another excuse to delay the onset of this program.


  1. Just a tip. If you look on line, some people have made playlists with the Couch to 5K prompts right in it. So as you listen to music, it will tell you to run, walk, etc. I found it really helped me, because I didn't have to think about it or time myself. I just didn't really like the music I found. I am sure Eric can probably figure out a way to make one for you!
    I started this week, so we can keep each other accountable, if you want. That might help too!

    1. On my Iphone, the lady says RUN, WALK, and in the background my own music is playing, I downloaded an app on my phone and that is how it works. I thought I would completely hate running, but once I started it wasn't so bad. I was looking on Pinterest at all the Health stuff and decided it was time I got back to it myself, going to start on Monday, maybe the two of you can give me a kick in the pants if I am not doing it when I should! Will post how it is going. Wish I lived closer so I could run the 5 K with you, it sounds like it is going to be really exciting, and motivating!

  2. But I haven't started yet! I need a new bra and shoes. Haha, sounds like I'm going to a sweet partay!

    I'm going to have to look into this songs with prompts thing. That's a brilliant idea.

  3. I can walk, but I still don't know how to do a stupid thing like jogging right.

    Losers do on the contrary, so I'm not surprised.

    Train hard loser ~

  4. And when I run, I bet your years of useless jogging can't stand up even if your life depended on it.

    It's a sad fact of life but you gotta be strong anyhow.