A couple of years ago I decided to try C25K. This is a running program that takes you from not running at all to being able to run a 5K or for 30 minutes.
I can remember in high school (that was a long time ago, ahem) that I enjoyed running. Why not do it now? So I put on my shoes and hit the track. I believe I lasted about two weeks on that first attempt. Perhaps running wasn’t for me. Workout videos were just fine. No need to torture myself.
Then a few months ago my daughter, Mary, mentioned that she was interested in doing the C25K. Being the wonderful mother that I am, I told her that I would join her. Honestly, she is amazing. We began running in the winter. She would not take my complaining about the weather as an excuse not to run. We have run in ice, snow, below freezing temps, and rain. The girl has got dedication!
And today we finished! Week 9 Run 3 was finished today and we ran almost three miles in thirty minutes. Not only have we finished this program but I love running. It hurt and sometimes it still hurts but I love it. And there is nothing like that moment when you have finished a good, refreshing run.
Next up? We are looking for an official 5K to run and we are planning on matching tshirts. We are geeky homeschoolers, you know.
If you are interested in running a 5K, here are a couple of sites to help get you started!
Cool Running is the site where I first read about the C25K program. Scroll down just a bit to see a chart with the running plan.
When I was searching for podcasts to keep me on track while running, I found this site:
This site has excellent podcasts for each week of the program. While music is playing, Laura helps keep you motivated and on track with your run. The music wasn’t what I would personally pick but it was clean, upbeat music that helped set a nice pace. It was so helpful during the past nine weeks.
NHS offers 5K+ podcasts after you have completed the C25K program that help build stamina and speed. I hope to start those next week. I’ll let you know how those go.
While I have come to love running that is not the most important result of the past nine weeks. One result has been some precious individually time with my daughter and sharing something together. It has been hard but we have laughed and encouraged one another the whole way. I’m sure we will remember this time for years to come.
The second result is a healthier me. I have nine precious kiddos and a husband that count on me. I need to take care of myself so that I can enjoy the years to come with them. So I would encourage you, fellow mom, to find a way to squeeze in a bit of exercise. Take a walk, use a video, hit the gym…get moving!