Getting Somewhere

I finished week 2 day 3 of the Couch to 5k program this morning! The third day was pretty easy both weeks, but that could be because I run day three in the park by the bay; after I wake up because I want to. Much more fun that waking up and running in the dark before work through the neighborhood! That officially wraps up week 2, though I’ll probably go on an even slower than usual run tomorrow night too since my shins didn’t bother me at all this morning. Last Sunday I went with the kids riding around me on their bikes, and they were distracting enough to make it another easy day. Too bad I can’t have them ride their bikes with me in the half marathon!

Next week we go from 90 seconds to 3 minutes at a time. I’m actually looking forward to it even though it won’t be easy.

I can’t believe that I’m happy to be running a big 90 seconds at a time, but it’s more than I could do 2 weeks ago!

What’s even more amazing is that thanks to some very generous people I’ve already raised $200 for the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation of America on my fundraising site. I don’t know if I’ll hit my goal of 3,500 by the end of May, but I’m off to a great start!


This morning was day one of week 2 of the couch to 5k running plan. I was surprised that I didn’t really get out of breath like at the beginning of last week. My shins did hurt a little- but it wasn’t bad at all and it didn’t last very long.

I think the biggest challenge the next two weeks will be simply getting out of bed in time to run – I have to start getting ready for work at 5:30 so will have to be up by 4:30 to get moving on time. Especially if I want to do yoga afterwards, which I do. Yoga seems to keep muscles from getting as sore after a workout, and running is certainly a workout. I didn’t have the time to do it this morning- gotta be more motivated next time.

I can’t believe I’m getting up that early without anyone making me do it. But then I’ve only done it once- we’ll see how the next two weeks go!

Jumping in with Both Feet

About a week and a half ago I heard the same commercial for running the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon Course with Team Challenge to raise funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation 4 times in one day. The last time I heard it as I was pulling into my neighborhood, so I still remembered the website when I got in the house. I took a look at the site, decided what the heck (doesn’t that sound decisive?) and signed up.

It seems like a perfect fit – I have ulcerative colitis and I’ve always wanted to be able to run. The downside is that I don’t actually run at all. Yes, I do mean AT ALL. Every time I try to run I get about 5 steps and either my knees hurt too bad for me to do more than hobble back up the driveway or else it’s my shins – either way there is a whole lot of limping and looking pathetic involved. Oh yeah, and the closest thing I’ve every come to fundraising was selling Girl Scout cookies when I was about 9.

I decided this time will be different (again). I went to Feet First in St. Pete’s and got fitted for real running shoes. It took about 5 minute and I got three choices of shoes- two of which didn’t quite feel right and one which did. Then I found a mp3 to listen to on my phone to help me follow the Couch to 5k running plan . Then, I set myself some goals

My first goal is to raise $3,500 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Please help me obtain this goal by donating on my fundraising page and by passing on this information to anyone who may be interested in helping out.

My second goal is to finish the marathon within the time limit- and that is all. I won’t have a goal of how much of that will be running until I get a lot closer to June!

I finished my first week of the Couch to 5k plan Sunday. The first day was kind of horrible-I didn’t even do all 8 one minute runs. In my defense I wasn’t sure it was ever going to actually end. The third run wasn’t bad at all. I ended up doing a fourth run (against the program rules) Sunday, and it was actually easy. So far the plan and the shoes work!

Tomorrow starts week two, which means a slightly longer time running and less time walking. Wish me luck!