Monday, September 6, 2010

Graduating from a Shuffler to a Jogger

Still doing the Couch to 5 K running program. It's the beginning of my 4th week, but today was Day 1 of Week 3 for me. I opted to do week 2 twice, just to be sure I was strong enough to move on. It wouldn't be cool if I pushed too hard and fell on my face....I mean, literally, on my face. Explaining to everyone how I ended up with road rash on my nose and forehead is not my idea of a good time.
I've also been reading a book called "ChiRunning" by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer. Since I have no previous running style to change or correct, I am finding this book to be immensely helpful. Very much in-tune with the whole "Fiverfingers" barefoot running philosophy I'm in to.

I'm not sure if I'll ever run a marathon, but I am still hoping to do the 5K "Run for the Cure" in Edmonton on October 3rd. Now, saying that, actually running the whole thing might be a little far-fetched.... but running some of it seems doable.

It's very odd, but I find myself wanting to go out and do the runs.  The night before, getting into bed, I can  nearly talk myself out of doing's so early to roll out of bed, it's cold, it's damp, I'm tired. Then I set my alarm anyway ( 5:45 am), and when it goes off in the morning, I hit snooze once, then I'm off and going. Sometime my hubby comes with me ( and our little dog too), sometimes I go on my own.

I've downloaded the Podrunner C25K podcast, a free download at ITunes. It takes all the guesswork out of this C25K thing. I just pop my earbuds in, and turn on the music. I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of starting out, or to people like me, the ones who hate running. ..... I am the woman who said the only way I'd run is if I had a bucket of water and my kids were on fire.  :o)

Here's a link to the post I wrote about my run today on Sparkpeople , fresh after I got in the door. (I've read the book, but I don't own it)

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