Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Blog Challenge: The Couch to ?

So maybe you've noticed that my posts have been pretty light since my Fears post - there have been lots of baby photos (which aren't a BAD thing) but not so much follow through from the post yet.  I think I had to think the realities of naming my fears through and figure out what and how I could address them without taking on too much and setting myself up for failure (a common problem with me).

But at the same time I'm equally prone to naming things and feeling better and then not actually DOING anything - which is another pitfall that I want to avoid.  Honestly, there are tons of fears that I could face on the post singularly but one stuck out as a fear I've had since 1st grade - the one mile run.

If you've been athletic this is not an issue for you.  I played sports as a child, but I was never a runner.  I had issues with chronic bronchitis and asthma as a child and I was a short burst sort of girl.  Even when I played soccer I really preferred goalie.

Nothing was so painful as the mile day in gym.  I think I must have cried every.single.year. until they stopped requiring the torture.  I couldn't do it without walking.  Oh, I crossed the finish line, eventually, but I was always last.  I'd cross the line panting as the whole class waited for me to finish so class could be over.  A mile was an eternity separating me from the other kids.

And this was in elementary school when I was in much better shape than I am now.   The thought of running the mile now, well it seems just about impossible.  Except.  It's not.  People do it all the time so I've decided that I am going to start on this process.  This summer the 1 mile run is going DOWN.

So yesterday I may have tweeted:
if one were *maybe* going to set a goal of running 1 mile by the end of the summer, 
how might one *maybe* go about it?
And the next thing I know I have people from all corners telling me about the Couch to 5k running program, they are challenging me to do a 5k, they are saying they'd like to do it too.  And I got caught up in it and thought to myself: maybe a mile, which seems impossible, is too small a goal.  Maybe to break this fear I need to crush it thoroughly.

So starting Easter Monday I'm going to be starting the Couch to 5k program.  I'm planning on downloading the podcasts for my ipod.  The goal is to run the The Liz Logelin Foundation 5k sometime in September (Date TBD).  Obviously I have much more time than the 9 weeks of the program.  I'm leaving myself space to falter and time to get back on the program.  I think my initial plan is to do each week twice before moving on to the next one but I'm going to see what the reality of my abilities are at first.  Being as out of shape as I am right now I realize that it might take me longer.  (I am also hoping to shred on off days but we'll start that a bit later on).

(I just wrote all that and I so badly want to delete it....what AM I THINKING!?!?!  But no, it stays)

I know the reality of me committing to this came from the overwhelming help and support that I found on twitter yesterday in my half-hearted question to conquer the fear of the mile.  I know that I will need support to do it from here on out too.  Chances are that you might too?  I'd like to invite you to come along with me.  Every Monday from here until the 5k I will be posting an update about this.  I want to be accountable even if the previous week consisted of cupcakes and excuses.  But every Monday I will include a MckLinky and hope that you will post on your progress as well.  I'd love to get a group together to run the 5k in September, or do occasional group training sessions this summer, or just support each other online.

I hope that if you are interested in joining me in my Couch to 5k challenge that you'll drop a comment here today to let me know you are thinking about it.  The program is free online and in all honesty if I survive it I guarantee that you can too.  It may be that you are farther in your journey than me, then I encourage you to name your own "Couch to ____ challenge" to link here.  Every Monday I will hold myself accountable.  Will you join me?

The mile has always been a wall.  Chances are I will cry more than once in this journey.  I'll probably whine a fair amount too.  I might get tripped up, I may need your help to get me on track again.  But I'll help you right back.

The mile's days are numbered.  Today it still seems impossible but on Monday I'm strapping on my shoes and taking the first step.  Please join me.

EDITED TO ADD: You can participate in the Couch to 5k challenge even if can't run the LLF 5k with me.  We'll all have to do this at our own pace and run our own races, but we can agree to support each other along the way.

44 comments:

Suzi said...

I'm in. SO IN. I'll do the LLF run with you. :)

simplicity said...

I'm doing a Lung Cancer 5K the week before the LLF and I think you should too :) As long as our schedule allows I'll do the LLF too! Way to go Liz setting a goal and working towards it!

Emma said...

Good for you! You can absolutely do this. I would highly recommend going to a running specialty store and getting fitted for a pair of good running shoes BEFORE you start training. It may help you avoid the frustration of getting hurt and/or having unnecessary aches and pains. I'm a running geek. :-)

darcie said...

soo proud of you!

The Marketing Mama said...

Awesome Liz - that's great! Wish I could join you - we'll hvae to see. :)

kristine said...

I'm in! Good for you for trying to demolish this fear of the mile. You CAN do it!

Jana said...

I'll join you!!!!

Yo' Papa said...

I'll run it with you and I'll pay for the shoes! When I started running I just ran as far as i could and then walked the rest of the way. Each time I tried to run a little farther. Haven't checked out the couch to 5K program, but I expect it incorporates a similar approach. Count me in!

beautyredefined said...

I'm really tempted to join you, hoping that if I properly train and follow the program I won't mess up my knees this time, but I'm not sure.

Think we could get mom to join you, and we could do the 5k as a family?

Samantha said...

I'm in! I've been wanting to do the Couch to 5K program... My husband started it a while ago and now he's running more and more. Sunday's are his 'big' days and last Sunday he ran 9 miles! I WANT TO DO THAT DAMMIT! :-D COUNT ME IN!!!!!!!!!

Minnesota Mami said...

I can so relate to the "1 mile" fear & trepidation from the school years...awful.

I'd LOVE to do the LLF 5K in Sept. with you!

I started C25K just 4 weeks ago...and had not run except if my life depended on it (which it never did) for YEARS before then. My first 5K ever will be the Race for the Cure on Mother's Day at MOA. It is exactly 9 weeks from when I started my C25K program. I really want to run it all in its entirety, but I kinda wish I had two weeks for each week on the C25K. But we'll see what happens!

And I'm in for the MckLinky...next Monday, right? YAY!

Holly @ Making Over Me
http://makingoverme.blogspot.com
@bloggymama

Tracey Cochran said...

Liz, it's so funny that you wrote this, I literally just downloaded some podcasts for this program two nights ago! I am planning on starting later this week or the weekend, and want to run a 5k this summer sometime! Crazy! Good minds think alike...and so do ours!

Becky B said...

There's a Couch to 5k group on Facebook, too. I'll send you a link. They offer lots of encouragement. :)

I tried to do this last fall, but I didn't give myself enough time before the 5k. But I did end up walking the 5k, and it felt great. Whatever happens, know that walking is always an option. It's not failure if you still get out there - the running will come eventually. :)

Miss K said...

I started yesterday and will be at the LLF 5K, so count me in! - @KatetheOwl

Becky said...

AH! I'm so scared but I'm going to do it! I think I just peed my pants in fright! AHHHH!

Robin said...

Count me in - not sure how many live training sessions I'll make (as I'm also training for the Komen 3Day) but I'll sure try. At the very least it will get me to clear the junk off the treadmill. And I'm looking forward to my first McLinky adventure!

I did the C25K in 2003 and ran (verry slowly, but still ran) the entire Race for the Cure that year.

The neat thing about the 5K distance is you're usually doing good for yourself AND a greater good -- just look at what's on your comment board already, LLF, Breath of Hope, Komen -- it has a way of keeping you moving.

Whatever distance you set for yourself, you won't believe the feeling of finishing - I'm so proud of you for taking the first step!

Sharon said...

In high school, I used to show up for gym class as early as possible. Class always started by running a mile. I can do it -- but I'm slow. So I figured if I had 1 to 1 1/2 lap head start, I could finish near the top of the pack. So I hear your fear and frustration!

I think this is a really great goal for you. It's reasonable (really, it is), but will still make you stretch. And what a good way to tackle a bunch of the other fears in a sideways kind of way as well.

Go get em!

Gina said...

I don't know you but I found your blog from Darcie and I am a LLF team member. I too started the Couch to 5K this week and am planning to run in the 5K in the fall!

Tiffany said...

I'm in as soon as we get to Neenah! I know that sounds like a terrible excuse but I have no one to watch the kids while I go until then. You may have to remind me so I don't forget with all the moving. :)
Love you!

Kate1024 said...

I SO completely identify with your mile run day from elementary gym. we had to do it all the way through 8th grade- i was always last, and i always had to walk part of it. I was not a runner. period. i'm still not.
in chicago (well, evanston) they have a walking program that just started called WOW (women out walking) and you log your steps (you get a pedometer when you register, or you can use your own), but you log as long as the program goes. you can walk alone or in groups, and you just track whatever and wherever you go, daily.
thankfully, now that it's beautiful outside and lighter later, I feel like I can do this- and I KNOW you can!! god luck!!

(i also agree about the shoes. I invested about $90- more than I EVER spend on a single pair of shoes) in Keens walking shoes- and they are amazing. the worst thing is getting started and then getting feet/ankle/leg issues.)

The Fritz Facts said...

I'm in! You know I will be there for the LLF too! I have running shoes, but may need to invest in new ones...hmmm....

Valerie said...

Well, I doubt I can do the LLF 5k, but I'm more than willing to do the Couch to 5k program.

Yeah, I was athletic. I swam and played soccer (typically defense), but I never could run the mile. I was lucky, because there were a few other people who couldn't run the mile either. We'd all stick together and cross together (for the most part). Anyway, while I have since finally run a mile, it's still a bit painful, and I've definitely never run 5k. I'm in!

Valerie said...

Oh yeah, and I've heard that's it a good idea to spend 2 weeks just walking (on a daily basis) so your body can get used to moving and using your legs. I'm not sure how true that is, but it can't be a bad idea!

Kim said...

I'm in!

destinationathlete said...

You can totally do it!!! As another person mentioned - get a good pair of shoes on you before you start...nothing's worse than commiting to such a great goal and getting totally defeated on your first time. :(

Anti-Supermom said...

Hey Liz,
I ran my first 5K just last year - this month. I was freaked out beyond belief, but I started out slow, because I would *not* consider myself a runner.

(Honestly, I was even afraid to jump on the treadmill and actually start running, not walking).

You can do it and if baby arrives early, which all others have, I might join you!

Kristie said...

I have been thinking about starting the CT5K program myself but of course have chickened out. I think this may just be the push I need to get started. ACK, what am I saying, no I am scared. :)

Heather said...

Hey there! I bounced over to your site via Marketing Mama when she mentioned you're doing C25K. I am here to say YOU CAN DO IT! I did this in August and ran my 1st 5K in October. I am one of those people that always maintained, "I am NOT a runner!" After C25K, I am!!! It's such a great program that really teaches you how to run in a way that feels good. Congratulations and have fun!

Amber said...

I wish I were going to be in MN in September to do the 5K with you. I will be in MN in August, and would be honored to do a training run with you!

Denise said...

I should be back in MN in late summer/early fall. It would be fun to do a run with you!

Melissa said...

Well since I was one of the ones to suggest it I can't very well not do it with you :-) You can do it, really!

Recovering Procrastinator said...

Hmmm ... you are not the first to suggest the couch to 5k to this NON-runner. I was also the one who dreaded the 1-mile in school. But maybe I could do it with a Mr Linky to keep me accountable. I don't have an ipod though. I wonder if I can get the podcast onto my phone somehow? I would probably need new shoes too.

Random Tangent said...

holy encouragement! i'm a little late to the game...but i am definitely joining the team! i learned in jr high that i could walk the mile faster than i could run it. so as long as i can bring my inhaler, i'm there.

trishatfox said...

First of all, I am so proud of you I just burst out in tears when I read this post. I think your goal is reasonable. I like that you've built in some extra time for little setbacks.

Even though I work out, I am a horrible runner. I have NO stamina. So I'm in. I probably won't get to start training for a couple of weeks when I get through this super busy time at work. But better late than never. This will also force me to figure out how to use McLinky...which I seem completely challenged at.

Good luck and good for you!

Alexa said...

Liz,

I know the feeling on running the mile as a kid, I dreaded that day.

Unless it's the day of my friend's wedding in September I will be there with you, great job!

Ryan said...

I completely completely identify with nearly everything you wrote here. I have NEVER been athletic before in my life. 2.5 months ago I got tired of not exercising and not being able to run a mile. It was embarrassing (to me anyway). I downloaded the podcasts started the C25k program. The first few days were awful. I couldn't believe that I couldn't run 60 second intervals without feeling like I was going to die. I ran my first mile at the end of week 5 (I had to repeat two weeks before that) and I've kept running since. I just finished my first super sprint triathlon yesterday and now I'm starting a program to go from 5K to 10K. I can't believe who I am. I have full faith that you can do it. It's so amazing to watch yourself transform. GOOD LUCK!!

Kelly said...

Liz, this is inspiring. I found your blog through Jen's blog, and I'm pretty much in a similar situation. I was the anti-athlete as a kid. I was the one who got laughed at for all the athletic things I couldn't do.

Years ago, I got into racewalking, and I adore it, but I still wanted to be able to run.

36 days ago, I started my own path toward a 5k in September.... Beginner Triathlete has a 28-week conservative version of the C25K program, and that's what I am using. I normally can't run for more than a few steps before my breathing becomes erratic and I feel like my heart's going to explode.

Today, at the beginning of week 6 of my program, I ran for 4 minutes, and it felt huge for me.

I'll be following your progress, and cheering you on! We all can do this!! Also, depending on the date of the LLF run, I might be in for that one!

Kim said...

I did C25K and last Friday hit 2.5 miles on the treadmill. Two years ago I was 109 pounds heavier, but have always wanted to give running a shot. C25K is totally do-able and even though those first few weeks you find running for even a few minutes hard, it does get easier. It never gets EASY, at least not for me, but you are able to do more and more. I still finding running to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Push yourself, but listen to your body. It has taken me a long time to get to 2.5 miles, but that is okay. What mattered is that I got there and I am 43 years old.
I'm cheering for you!

Heather said...

Oh, how I can relate to the mile challenge in school. I used every excuse in the world to get out of that one.

I started my own 5K program in Feb and will be running a 5K in a week and a half. You can do it!!! Good luck.

Leah said...

Just stopping by to wish you luck.

I jogged my first mile back in Dec 09 and was amazed I could do it at all.

Started C25K in January and ran in my first 5K race in April. Very slowly, but for me it was only about finishing it without walking.

I have NEVER been athletic and couldn't even jog the mile we were tested on in school many years ago. If I could do this, so can you!

Good luck! Feel free to stop by my blog at www.leahs-new-ending.blogspot.com

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Dani said...

I just wanted to let you know that, about six weeks ago, this post inspired me to begin Couch-to-5K. I've been trying to get in shape, and have lost 40 pounds in the last six months, but running was ALWAYS my enemy, even as a kid. Like you, running a mile without stopping was this impossible dream, something I've never done. Well, today was the big mile day, and I made it! I decided to try to run one mile, but I didn't want to look at the clock the whole time, and when I finally allowed myself to look after the fourth song was over, I had actually ran 1.25 miles without stopping. I was miserable the whole time I was doing it, but I did it! And it is really thanks to this post! So thank you, thank you, thank you. I still hate running, probably as much as I did six weeks ago, but finally, the mile did not win. I won! I so appreciate the courage it took you to write this post, because it helped me to make the leap of faith on something that always scared me terribly. You rock!