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5K or Bust?

May 22nd, 2009

Long time no blog. I’ve been busy? :)

About a month ago, I jumped on the health/fitness wagon, in large part due to an addictive little website called SparkPeople. I’d been a member since February, but never really played around with any of the features (which include a nutrition tracker, fitness log, health-related articles, and interactive community of users). Then Facebook started changing things for the worse, I needed to get measured for a bridesmaid’s dress, and I found solace from both issues in SP. I’ve been able to consistently eat well and work out on a regular (5-6 times a week) basis- and it feels awesome.

On that note, a coworker of mine started a program called Couch to 5K, which is a running program designed for beginners looking to build endurance, and she absolutely raves about it. We’re both of the mentality that people shouldn’t run unless there is a grizzly bear involved, so I decided to try it out. I finished Week 1 on Wednesday (each week involves three days of a running workout; this week was intervals of 60 seconds running/90 seconds walking) and, while challenging, it wasn’t terrible. That’s the most positive thing I’ve ever been able to say about my relationship with running.

So while Erinn’s wedding (and the hot dress) in October is a good long-term motivator, I need something more tangible to work towards in the short term. Enter the Solstice Stride, a 5K Run/Walk in Coralville at the end of June. I submitted my entry form yesterday (am working on convincing the coworker to join me) and am pumped. Granted, I may end up more focused on the ‘walk’ part, but I’m looking forward to having something to push myself towards. Wish me luck (and endurance)!

1 Comment »

  1. mom says

    Luck and Endurance…………. I know you will end up running the entire distance. Love ya, and thanks for the motivation (grizzly bear).

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