I have a new goal for this year. (Well, for the first HALF of this year at least.) I am going to run a 5K. I know, I know...it's not a MARATHON. But for someone who has become as unfit as I have over the last year or two, this is a big deal to me.
The seed was planted for this when a cruising friend of mine (hi Brandi!) got herself off her couch and started training for a 5k. She did it through a website/application called Couch to 5K. I saw her posts that kept popping up on her Facebook page, following her progress. At the time, I thought, "Good for Brandi!" I knew she was trying to drop some weight and I thought it was a great goal for her. I was excited for her the day before Halloween when I saw her post her pictures from her first 5K.
Fast forward four months to me sitting in my living room on my couch, reading a book. For some reason in the middle of reading, I had a realization hit me. I am SOOOOO out of shape! Okay, I didn't just realize this. It's been creeping up on me for awhile now. (We all remember the muffin top? That should have been the first sign.) So when I thought about this last night, that weird little part of my brain that remembers stuff I didn't realize I remembered told me that there is a program out there to help a beginner like me get back in shape & have a goal to work towards. I did a search for the Couch to 5K program and started reading. This sounds really good! I got out my phone and did a Marketplace search for the Android application and found the free C25K Lite. (The more advanced version costs money but not only a couple of dollars--so if I don't like the free Lite version, I may decide to use the other one.)
While on the Couch to 5K web site, I noticed that you can do a search for 5Ks in your state. I put in Idaho and lo & behold the See Jane Run Women's Half Marathon/5K came up. Oh..My...God. It's actually called See Jane Run! How can I NOT do this? Even better, it's just two days before my 43rd birthday. What a great way to celebrate my birthday, by getting fit and feeling like I really accomplished something! (Not to mention the race ends with chocolate & champagne, lol!)
So there's a reason for me telling you all of this....I want to be held accountable. I figure the more people I tell about it, I can't slack off and not do it. People will hopefully ask me, "How's it going with your C25K program?" I am one of those people who is often driven by worrying about what other people think of me. If I know that people will think I'm a big fat quitter for not seeing this through, then telling everyone about it definitely helps. Progress updates will be posted to my Facebook page through the C25K application.
I hope I have a good sports bra....