Thursday, January 31, 2008

Couch to 5k invitation

I don't have much time right now, but I wanted to throw an offer out there. I've been exchanging messages with jb, and we're going to do this Couch to 5k thing together.

Anyone else want to join the fun? The more the merrier! There's no time like the present! Strike while the iron is hot! Insert cliche here!

Seriously, if you're considering running, why not join us? We can share our experiences and compare notes. I've only done 1 day so far, so I'm just starting out, too.

If you're a beginner like me (who historically has only run when being chased, or maybe when someone dangles a carton of ice cream in front of me) it'll be perfect for you. It's a program that starts you out slow, with very little running and mostly walking. Then, over the course of weeks, you increase how much you run and decrease how much you walk. If you're having a hard time, you can repeat the weeks. The focus isn't on speed, it's on getting your body used to running so you can run 5k.

There's even a podcast that you can use to tell you when to run and when to walk, and it has good music, too. I used it for my week 1 day 1 run.

Someone else sent me this info, too ... I haven't read it yet. But I figured I should share it anyway.

Think about it! If I can do this, you can do this.

And a quick aside ... I'm probably not going to be on here much for the next few days, but I'll be back Monday for sure. I'm having a Valentine's champagne brunch party Saturday morning and I have to get ready. I haven't even been grocery shopping yet. Ack!

If I do find a spare moment, I figure I should spend it working out and not blogging. Crazy concept, right?


Bev said...

I did the Couch to 5K for 2 weeks and got plantar fascitis. I then tried it again later after I healed and got the fascitis again! I think it is mostly the weight I have on me now and then I have very high arches but I used to could run in the military without problems.

Sorry I won't be able to join you in your Couch to 5K but I hope you do well! It is a good plan. ; )

Hanlie said...

That sounds fabulous! Enjoy! I'm not ready for that, but watch this space in 2009!

Linda said...

I just popped in to say "Thanks for you comment hun"

I will be back later today when I can grab 5 mins.

Hugs x

Ashley said...


I've been looking for something to follow as I strive to become a real runner. It's basically what I'm doing now, but more structured.

I'm joining you, HappyBlogChick!

Grumpy Chair said...

I did about 4 weeks of C25K last summer, but at 173/175 pounds it was killing my knees.

Someone suggested I lose more weight before trying again.

So, I wish you much luck (and I know lots of successful runners who started with C25K)! I plan to resume once I'm a bit lighter.

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

Good luck with the run! As much as Id like to join you this year, Im much too heavy to safely run. I will think of you as I do my thing on the elliptical cross trainer!

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

One thing I ended up loving about Couch to 5k was that I could look at different blogs and see where people were in the process without feeling competitive about whether I was falling behind where they were. I have to keep my competitive nature in check, and with C25k, I had to remind myself that it was only a competition with myself, and one that I could only win by sticking to it and taking it gradually. Like much of life, actually, though that seems to be a hard lesson that I have to learn over and over!

Lora said...

You've got me intrigued by this couch to 5k thing. Problem is the snow and ice here makes it hard. I'm also concerned about the plantar fscitis too. But I'm seriously considering it!

Living to Feel Good said...

Good luck on the C25K! I did that program through the ipod, and in the end I ran for 1 hour 12mins. Some weeks are harder than others, but don't give up!

HappyBlogChick said...

It's interesting hearing about everyone's experiences with the C25k program.

Lora, I'd love for you to join us!

Ashley - YAY! that you're in! How fun!

Sally, I'm with you on having a bit of a competitive streak. But I'm such a noobie when it comes to running that I'm not feeling terribly competitive. I'm more feeling like I don't want to do this alone. Running intimidates me a little!

For those of you who are talking about doing it in the future ... I guess you can watch and see how it goes for me, jb, Ashley, and maybe Lora. This gives me good peer pressure to keep on the program.

And for those of you who have injuries that make it a bad fit for you, I'm sorry you won't be joining us, but I'm glad you're taking care of yourselves.