July 10, 2011

I got off the couch

So, I have this crazy neighbor.  Let's call her Maria.  She's 5 months pregnant.  And she wants to keep running.  Her running friends have all moved away so she went recruiting.  I was one of her first targets.  What better way for a big pregnant lady to run, than with her totally out of shape, hasn't done any exercise for years friend!  I don't know why I agreed.  But she's crazy so I did.

I have now officially finished Week 4 of the Couch to 5K training program.  The first two weeks I thought I would die.  But each run got a little easier.  Not a lot easier, but a little.  Enough that I notice it.  Good enough for me.

Our first race is in 6 weeks.  I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I'm actually going out 3 nights a week in order to train for a race.  Because I hate running.  It's good for me though so I keep doing it.  We are TRYING to wake up and run in the mornings before our husbands leave for work, but she's tired because she's pregnant and I'm just tired so usually we go at 9:00pm when it's cooled down to 97 degrees or so.  No joke.

If you are at all interested in getting started I would suggest two things:

First, get one of the Couch to 5K apps.  There are several to choose from.  When I run I take my iPod Touch and some lovely British lady tells me when to walk and when to run.  Actually, she's not lovely.  I don't like her very much.  She causes me pain.

Second, get yourself a crazy friend.  The kind that will show up at your door and drag you out if necessary.  If you can find a pregnant one that works even better because then you think, "If she can do it, so can I."

I've lost weight and my clothes are fitting much better.  Between the running and our GAPS diet, I just might get healthy!

And if I, a 38 1/2 year old, 190 pound (now 178 pound) couch potato can do it, so can you.


  1. That's awesome! I really wished you lived close to me. I think I found your blog from LDS homeschooling a long time ago and put it on my reader. I feel like we have a lot in common between homeschooling, LDS, CM and living in super hot Texas. I completely get the running at night and it's still almost 100 degrees. I have also been looking at the GAPS diet for a long while now but can't decide if that is the direction I need to go vs. green smoothies/ mostly vegetarian. I would love more of your thoughts on it. I also wanted to start the couch to 5k program. Sorry this is such a choppy comment, you have just touched a lot of what has been on my mind lately.

  2. You've totally passed me up. Being taken out of commission for several weeks will do that, huh? My physical therapist said I might start working out again this week, though! We'll see tomorrow, but this weekend my knee has been feeling worse again, which is horrible because it was feeling GREAT until Friday. *sigh* I got as far as week3 day2! Somehow I don't think I'll be ready for the race next month. :(

  3. Woohoo! I think my heart just lept :-). I'm sorry I missed this when you posted, but I'm so excited for you! Crossing the finish line of a race is a blast, I wish I could be there for you! Keep it up, it does get easier and I honestly miss the pain :-). Glad I can live vicariously through you for a bit!