Couch to 5k – Week 1 Workout 1

 I began the Couch 2 5k training today. I feel exhilarated! I am so glad I didn’t use one of my usual excuses to not begin the challenge today. I’ve started this plan before but never got past week 5, so I decided to start at week 1 again. This time I am going to stick to the plan. Goal:  I want to run the Susan G. Komen for the Cure 5k in October. I have walked this 5k for two years in a row and want to step it up a notch!

Me and my girls at Komen for the Cure 2010

I am very happy that I was able to get the workout in on a work day. I didn’t let that little voice in my head take over and coax me to sit on the couch and watch t.v. instead.

Ready to workout!

Couch to 5k running plan – posted on my wall in my exercise room.

First workout – done!

my exercise room. it’s getting smaller with all the equipment.

I found some good runner tips in Runner’s World. I’ll be sharing these over the next few weeks in order to stay motivated for the challenge.

“The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments. Beginning runners need to think in minutes not miles. “ – Bud Coates, U.S. Olympic marathon trials qualifier/coach.


2011 Goals

I was not able to participate in the Frosty Fun Run yesterday since I woke up with a migrane. I don’t get them very often, but when I do….all I can do is sleep in my dark room with no noise. I felt really bad about missing this race all day but I honestly didn’t think I could physically do it with a migrane. I don’t like the way I feel when I let myself down. Now…it’s time to brush it off and get back on track. “After all, tomorrow is another day.” – Scarlett O’Hara

This week I was beginning to get frustrated about running and that my progress wasn’t as much as I had hoped for. But I received a card in the mail from a friend that runs marathons and gives me much encouragement. His card really made my day and motivated me to keep going. I worked out that night on my Couch to 5K running plan and felt good about it. I am on week 2 of the plan and even though my progress is slow, I’m noticing that I feel stronger and believe I can do it. It’s amazing how powerful words of motivation and encouragement can be!

I haven’t signed up for any events in 2011 yet, but that is next on my list. Setting goals for 2011: run a 5k and maybe a 10k. I’d like to run the Bloomsday run (12k) in Spokane, WA in May since I have family there. It would be a good excuse to visit. But it’s a long way and airline tickets are usually pretty expensive.  I’ll keep that option open though and see if I can talk my husband into it. 😉 I also would like to participate in the Komen 3-Day Race for the Cure. I have done the Race for the Cure (5k) two years in a row but the 3-day event is not held in my area.  I see there is a race in San Diego….I’ve always wanted to go there.

Nashville Race for the cure – Oct 2010

 I am keeping my eyes open for events I’m interested in and make something happen! I expect 2011 to be the best year ever!