I have been running [on and off…probably more off than on 😉 ] since I did track in high school.  I was never a “super star”, but I enjoyed running sprints and meeting new people through practice.  However, college, marriage, moving, and children got the best of my free time [or so was my excuse at the time] and I had a pretty long running hiatus…until mid-2005 when I decided to get myself moving more regularly and get healthier – and I decided to pick up running again. Since then I’ve completed a handful of 5K’s and run many miles.  I’ve stopped and started here and there, but I always come back to it.

Are you thinking about taking up running and don’t know where to start?  Here is some more info…

Couch to 5K

So where do you start?  When I wanted to get back into running, I had heard a lot of talk about a program called Couch to 5K.

Wait… WHAT?  a 5K?  That’s like 3.1 miles!  That’s LONG…that’s HARD…I can NOT do that!  If I remember right I tried talking myself out of it in my head for a few days.  In fact, this was my journal entry from the first day back at it:

June 25, 2005
Treadmill: 20 min Low Intensity, 6 min of running at 4.5 mph
Very tired and hard on the lungs after the 6 min of running but I made it!

In the end I decided to give it a go.  Its a great program and is laid out over 9 weeks and it starts with easy intervals of jogging for a min then walking for 90 seconds for 20 minutes.  I highly recommend giving this program a try if you are interested in getting started with running!  The intervals really ease you into running.

One thing I hear a lot from non-runners or those just starting is that they can’t make it far and have to walk a lot.  Please know – there is NO shame in walking!  There are actually a lot of benefits to giving your legs a quick 30 sec to 1 min break from time to time.  Listen to your body – take breaks and then keep plugging away! 🙂

Race Times

You can see I’m not speedy – but I love to keep track of my times.  I’m my biggest competitor & I love to try to PR when I got out for a run.

Winneconne Sovereign State 5K (7/19/14)  26:40  PR
 Oshkosh 5K (4/21/13)  29:17
 Fox Trot 5K (10/20/12)
 Noodleini 5K (11/27/11)
 Oshkosh 5K (4/15/11)    31:49
 Oshkosh 5K (4/18/10)   31:25

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