Ok, here’s the plan. 9 weeks to a 5k race. Except there isn’t a race around that time that I can make, but well…so not the point. I’m running. I’m doing it! Yay!
So 9 weeks is a long time to build up to just 3.1 miles right? Well, maybe it is. But by taking it slow, I am giving my body (especially my joints and bones) time to adjust to the stress that running puts on it. By taking it slow I am allowing myself to look forward to running. By taking it slow I am setting myself up for success, not just to complete the program but to carry on well after running 3.1 miles feels like a “long way.”
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a researcher by nature. Rarely do I just jump into something without knowing what I am getting into. I actually heard about the Couch to 5k program (heretofore known as the C25K) a few years ago and was mildly interested, but it never really went anywhere. Back in mid January something clicked inside of me and I thought, “wow, I can do this. I need to do this.”
I wasn’t quite ready to get started though. It was January, and cold (I hate the cold) and dark. So I spent time working out inside. I used a combination of Cathe Fredrick on FitTV, Jillian Michaels “Banish Fat, Boost your Metabolism” DVD, and a rec league volleyball team to really get back into the exercise groove and work on my aerobic levels. I’m hoping it paid off.
Week 1 starts today, and I am super excited. The C25k program mixes in running and walking intervals so I know that for the first couple of weeks, there will be much more walking that running, but that’s ok. I will be patient. I will trust the program. I will be running 3 miles in 9 weeks. I will be a runner.