I did it!
Well, kind of...
I have been working on the Couch to 5K training program, and honestly I've been stuck on week 1. It is hard for me to really get much beyond that while I'm stuck trying to do it inside. Also, I just feel old, overweight, and out of breath so much of the time. Still, I am pushing myself at home and at the gym to at least get okay with the first week of this program (it's been at least a month of week 1).
This weekend, Mr. Crum and I put on our running shoes and sweats and headed to a neighboring city for their first ever "Chilly Chili Run". It was not officially a 5k, it was closer to 3.5 miles - good enough, right? I loved it that we did this together. He was kind enough to stick with me on the icy/muddy trails for the entire thing. We loved our adventure through the state park together!
We started out at a jog. That lasted a minute or two - the real actual ground hurts my legs a WHOLE LOT more than the treadmill or the trampoline. I'll keep working on that. We walked at a brisk pace for the rest of the "run". Then we enjoyed a bowl of chili and a corn muffin together before heading to pick up our boys.
My thoughts about it? I had a great time. I wish I had the stamina to actually RUN in this event. Maybe it was the cold weather (after all, it is February in northern Indiana); maybe it was my need for more conditioning. I don't feel bad about the fact that we did not run. I will continue to work on it. I am already making plans for a women's run this fall with my sister and mother. (We maybe haven't told my mom that she's planning to run a 5k with us yet).
We are getting fitter and continue to work toward health goals.
What new things have you tried this week to point you in the direction of better health? What tips do you have for new runners? I never thought I would WANT to run - that's another story though.