Saturday, May 14, 2011


Today I completed the 4th week of the couch to 5k program.  I have never been a "runner". I have been a mean power walker in the past...but never a runner.  But as I am out there going through the neighborhood and passing other people, I  think to myself, WOW, I am doing this!  I am still very self conscious as I am out there...thinking people see the big girl running or when the "real" runners zoom past me....but then I have to remind myself.....out of the 6 or 7 other people I even see out there exercising, who cares how I rank up against them because at least I am out there doing it.

Now I am sure this may seem very silly to some people, but to me, what  I have completed so far is already an accomplishment.  I am still totally amazed at the difference between week 1 and week 4.  I am changing up the program a little bit as I go longer than what you have to do.  We have a course mapped out from our house to the other park and it is exactly 3.1miles.  So after the program completes, I just keep going until I get home.  Today after the last 5 minute jog, I decided to just keep running to see how long I could go.  I ran for over 13 minutes without stopping, took a short walk by the pond, and ran another 5 minutes until I got home and then some.  Completing a 5k in about 41 minutes. What a difference a month makes.

For anyone out there thinking about starting a diet or exercise program, I know how daunting it can seem in the beginning, but you have to start somewhere.  I have started and stopped SO many times.  But this time I am just thinking, I only wish I had started sooner...where would I be by now?!  I am finally seeing the weight come off, the body changing and definitely the endurance picking up!  So just remember, we all have to start somewhere!

Anyway, just had to get that out.  I came in the front door smiling a little bigger today.  One foot in front of the other, one minute at a time, one mile after another....

It doesn't matter how slowly you go so long you do not stop.  ~Confucius

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!


  1. That's awesome - way to go! I saw your post title and thought that was how far along you were in a pregnancy!! :) How often are you running? I think the hardest thing is changing your schedule to get in the habit.

  2. Not quite yet, jenny! :) I am just working out 3x a week. And you are so right, the hardest part was having the conversation with matt and making the time for 2 nights a week to commit to working out. Perfect soon as he gets home, I have them fed and ready for bath and jammies laid out! :)

  3. Hmmm...interesting comment: "Not QUITE yet"... :)

    Brett and I are trying to change our schedule so that we will both go walk in the evening when he gets home or go swim in the pool. We found a rocketship innertube that Caleb LOVES, so I might be doing some water workouts pushing him very soon!

    Hopefully we can get in the habit of working out. I'm finally coming out of the 1st trimester exhaustion, so now its time to get my butt in gear! Especially to keep the gest diabetes in check - no big babies for me, thank you! :)

    Glad to hear you have a good routine...keep it up! Miss you guys!


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