C25K and Me!

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:

NHS’s Get Running with C25K

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!

Yes, I am a Bit Crazy.

The secret is out. I have gone over the edge.

When I was a younger mom, the pregnancy weight just seemed to melt away as I slept. While I never quite got back down to my original weight, I was close. Close enough, I told myself.

Then I had a few more kiddos and I was, amazingly, a few years older. I also had become a bit lazy. Now, before you shake your head at me, it was all for the greater good. Yes. I had little people who wanted to help. They needed purpose. They needed to keep their hands busy. They had energy to burn! As a good mother desiring to train her children, I allowed them to run and get me this. Run and get me that. It was a beautiful thing. Except. I got a bit lazy.

Then I realized that, hmm, I wasn’t as in shape as I use to be. I gave out of breath a bit quicker. Skirts were needed in a new size. A larger size. I had failed to take care of myself. I assumed that I would continue to sleep and have the pounds just melt away. The muscle would just tone up all by itself. Yes. I was living in a dream world. I was lying to myself. And I was not taking care of this body the Lord has given to me.

It wasn’t just about the extra pounds or the larger skirt. It was more about what I’m choosing to put into my body. Things that I know are harmful, that increase my risk of certain health issues. There is nothing wrong with having a treat now and then. Sadly, self control is not my strongest character trait. It is about being able to keep up with my children. It is about setting an example for them of a healthy lifestyle.

I think and talk often about making changes. This morning the Lord would not let me get it off my mind or push it away until later. So I grabbed my shoes, looked up the timing for c25K and headed for the track. This is where the crazy part comes in. It isn’t crazy to drink more water, have a salad instead of fries or even head to the track. The crazy part is me running. I once loved to run. I was once under 100lbs, lol. I was once young. But I’m doing it. Yep. Call me crazy but I’m doing it. Getting healthy. Getting in shape. Getting energy to race my children around the track.

Praying my joy of running comes back quickly. Hoping I’m setting a good example to my girls to take care of themselves even while they are young. No need for them to have this struggle, right?

And along with my thoughts of my craziness, my friend, Chautona has a wonderful post for young moms. Check it out.