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!