Wednesday, July 8

Baby, we were born to run . .

My friend, April, has convinced me to run a 5K with her. Yes... we have both lost our minds!! I am NOT a runner.. in the least! I can count on one hand the number of times I have been in a gym. (and if "working out" consists of complaining of sweat and exhaustion.. then i guess I "worked out"!) I barely WALK around the block, yet alone RUN! Growing up I would spend countless hours in a ballet studio, usually around 6-8 per week. Between tap, ballet, jazz, gymnastics, baton twirling, etc .. I got PLENTY of physical activity! Bottom line.. I've never HAD to get in a gym or learn to run. So... why not do it for fun?! I've always said that I'd like to run. People I know who do it , LOVE it. They say it's a great stress reliever and a great "me" time for thinking! And after spending 8 hours a day with 2 kids.. you need a little "me" time! :) So, when April asked.. I said, YES! That means I have 8 weeks to work myself up to running 3.1 miles. AAAHHHH!!! Where do I even start! GOOGLE! (dont you love it?!) I googled "how to train for a 5k" and what do you know.. there are people out there just like me!! And I found exactly what I was looking for.. an 8-week training schedule! HORRAY!

How perfect?! I will probably do my running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday though.. those days are easier for me! I might even be able to convice my husband to do this with me?! :)

So, my next step was to find out the distances in my neighborhood. (there is NO way I could do the treadmill with my lack of patience!) So, I found MapMyRun. You find your neighborhood.. find your starting point.. and then map your route! It'll tell you how many miles it is! Here's my route:

One complete loop around my neighborhood is 1.6 miles. So, 2 loops is 3.2 miles. If i can get up to 2 loops in 8 weeks... I'll be ready for my race!! :) Wish me luck!! I'll keep you all up-to-date with my progress!


love from texas said...

love the map my run site! i probably should start running myself since i did beg james for my 'jogging' stroller... but with my gymnast knees and this texas heat i probably won't get far.. ha!
good luck with your training. you'll do great!!

Chris & April said...

This is so funny. I did the EXACT same thing. I GOOGLED "how to train for a 5K race" and got the exact same schedule and used and mapped out my route! Great minds think a like! We are going to do great, I just know it!

Russ, Anna and Pepper said...

I cannot wait to follow your progress!!!! I too was never a runner, although I do spend almost every day in the gym working out and love it. I got lazy while preggers with Pepper and gained 60+ pounds and decided after having her to run to lose the weight. I took on a halfmarathon and have never had more fun in my life! After Vesper a full marathon is my goal!!!!! You are gonna do great and will probably get addicted too, ha