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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Back at It...Couch to 5K

I'm not a runner; I'm a wannabe. I am surrounded by runners. I see their passion for their sport and I love the idea of running and experiencing a similar runners' high, but I never quite figured out form, breathing and pacing. I can walk until the cows come home, having accomplished such feats as the Breast Cancer 3-Day and Boston's 20-mile Walk for Hunger, but running? I never quite got it.

This is not to say that I don't give it the old college try. In November of 2011, I ran in my first road race, a November 5-miler. I was proud of my accomplishment and can say that I actually ran most of it, walking only momentarily to rest.

I ran through the spring, but stopped just shy of my wedding when I re-injured my knee while out on a morning run. Thoughts of hobbling down the aisle took over and I put off running off until after the wedding.

Well, here we are, nearly a year later. It's time. 

I decided to join two other couch-to-5k'ers at a local park for our first workout. Well, only one showed, but it was fabulous. We downloaded the app, chatted it up, ran for a while, walked when we needed to and ran again. We did 3.5 miles (overachievers, I guess) and I can hardly wait for next week.

Running is one of those things that I have to work at. It does not come naturally, but that's the beauty of it. When I finish a workout, there is such a sense of accomplishment (and exhaustion) that is comparable to few other challenges in my life. Everyone starts somewhere and my somewhere is here. Again.

Every time I lace up and get out there, I build strength, endurance and self confidence. We're not worried about pace; it will come.

As for me, I am off to snuggle with hubby, watch a little tv and look for a summer 5k to join.

What's on your list? What goals do you have for yourself that you have been putting off for lack of time or hesitation in your ability to succeed? What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? What's stopping you?

Go do it.

Un beso...


  1. Hi Kelly. I'm not a runner, either. In fact, I'm not usually a wannabe. But your post today is inspiring me. I think I might just be motivated to get off the couch at last. Thanks for sharing. (Just dropping by from NaBloPoMo, in case you wondered.)

  2. Hi Susan! Welcome and thanks so much for the feedback. Who knows...maybe running or jogging will be something you end up loving. I'm surrounded by runners; trying again makes sense for me. Thanks again for stopping by. :-)Please come back again soon.

  3. I loathe running. I probably use horrible form and that's why I always end up with shin splints. But, I admit the Couch to 5k has tempted me more than once to give it a try.

    1. Hi Audrey! Thanks for stopping by. :-) A 5k is definitely within reach, if it's something you want. Good luck!