This morning I completed my long run of the week. 6 miles, since I’m only working on the half marathon at this point. My weekend mathematics go something like this: verify length of run, determine time needed to complete run, consult family schedule and plan around activities, verify temperature to see how hot it will be (or later in the season, how cold) and determine wake up time. Today that meant 6:30am. Not terrible, since I’m a bit of a morning person, but not ideal for a relaxing weekend. I wake up and quietly get ready, trying not to wake my light sleeper kiddos, down a cup of coffee, pack up my water bottle and get on my merry way.
It’s usually during this long run that I contemplate my progress as a runner. I don’t know why, but it always strikes me during a 6, 7, 10 mile journey that at one point I could barely run for 30 seconds. That’s right. You could call me a late in life athlete, a born-again runner, whatever phrase indicates that before the year 2008 I would only be running if zombies were chasing me. Then, while following Weight Watchers online, I found a program called Couch to 5K. Tons of women on the Weight Watchers message boards were discussing and I was intrigued. The program promises to take you from the couch to your first 5K in 9 weeks. It was free, it seemed reasonable and I decided to give it a go. The program begins with you running only 30 seconds at a time, mixed in with intervals of walking. And it worked. In May of 2008, I ran my first 5K for the Lake County Captains charity. More about that races later, but know that running has been a part of my life ever since then. Want to try the Couch to 5K program? Check it out here: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml