COUCH TO 10K
I'M TAKING THIS CHALLENGE!
I've been talking about about it......finally I've actually taken the first steps to getting back in shape!
I starting running nearly a couple of years ago, and though I wasn't the fastest thing on two feet and couldn't run all that far, I surprised myself with my little achievements! Then life got in the way and I just didn't have time for my runs anymore.
When I woke up yesterday I had no intention that this would be the day I would get up off my butt, but I happened to see on a local news show that a group was meeting at 6 PM for the first training run of the Couch to 10K Program, so before I had time to talk myself out of it I found my running shoes and joined them at the BB&T parking lot next to the Mountain Brook YMCA. This training program is divided into two groups...Running 101 is for beginners and Running 201 is for those that can already run two miles but need additional training to be able to run a 5K.
As we add more distance to our runs I expect the next few weeks to be a challenge, but that's okay. Now that I've gotten past the procrastination of getting started I'm excited about it!
Last night we began by walking a distance equal to half a lap around a football field, jogging (or slogging) a half lap and then repeating for a total of four laps (one mile) followed by walking another lap for a cool down. I did it without any problem and felt great afterwards! Today is a mandatory rest day. The plan for the first week is to do this (and no more, no matter how good we feel) for at least four runs and no more than six during this first week. We are getting ourselves used to running and next week we begin adding to that.
The goal of this 10 week training program is to run in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure 5K on October 9th and the Vulcan Run 10K on November 6th. Our coach is Danny Haralson and you can learn more about his background, coaching and running programs at his Run University website.
Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP
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Hoover, AL 35244
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