Monday, April 12, 2010

Couch to 5k Challenge - Week One

Well it is Monday already. It amazes me how quickly this last week has gone.  Have you been working on the Couch to 5k Challenge this week?  I've heard from a lot of people who are in various processes of starting it.  I just want to say you all are AWESOME!  Seriously.  Whether you've made it through all of week one, just found time to buy your shoes, or even have been debating the program with fear those are all first steps.  I KNOW, oh, how I know how scary this program is.  The thing is though - it isn't the program itself that is so scary, it is the thought of actually changing.

I spent some time writing some freelance Sunday School lessons this week and one of the lessons that I wrote focused on the Israelites wandering in the Wilderness after they escaped from Egypt.  Have you ever read this part of the Bible (Exodus 16-17).  Here are the Israelites following Moses, they have been shown amazing miracles and plagues to escape Pharaoh.  They saw the Red Sea part and they walked on dry land.

But instead of trusting what do the Israelites do?  They whine.  They complain.  They dig in their heels.  They say "We're Huuuungry, maybe we should have just stayed in Egypt.  Harumph."  In years past I've looked at this story and have thought they should just suck it up.  I mean they KNOW they have support on their side and that they'll be ok.

This time around I realized something.  There is fear in the unknown and sometimes it comes across in ways we don't intend.  The Israelites didn't want to be slaves in Egypt but they had to leave and trust that there was something better intended for them.  That is a hard leap to make.  It is a hard leap for me to make too.  I KNOW that this challenge will get me more active, healthier, happier, etc but it is still a hard jump to make.   I know what it means to have fear holding you back and I know that sometimes the mental battles at the beginning of a challenge are harder than the physical ones down the road.

So how did you do this week?  I hope you'll blog about it - about the success or the fears, the setbacks or the triumphs.  We all need to the real life-ness of it all for us all to keep our own path in perspective.

Earlier in the week I was mortified.  I have been so sick and I never did get out running.  In fact it was a week where I did the bare minimum necessary to stay afloat.  When I did get to the Dr. I found I have an ear infection and bronchitis.  Now with an antibiotic and a new mandatory inhaler I'm on the mend, but I was so ashamed at the thought of coming here with a giant fail my first week out.  I didn't run once, I didn't even walk.  I didn't buy my shoes (though they are on hold) and I haven't downloaded the podcasts yet.  But I'm not mortified any more.  This was the reality of my last week and I can't change that.  I can worry about it or look to the next week and decide what to do.  I'm not giving up after one failed week.  I hope you don't either.

So here are my goals for next week:
1. Buy those running shoes
2.  Walk at least 3 times during the week - push lungs by jogging when able and work towards the C25K week one work outs.
3. Download podcasts.
4. Give myself a little more grace in the process.

I hope you had a much better week than me, but good week or bad I hope you will blog about it and link us here.  We are best in our support of one another and I know that I am inspired by everyone who has said that they are taking this journey with me.  Thank you, it means so very much to me.

(As always if you do blog add it to our McLinky here and try to comment on at least two of our other challenge member blogs, support will be the key to our success!)

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Chris Duckworth said...

Hey! I started the Couch to 5K last week ... did Week 2, Day 1 workout today. Not sure that I'll blog about it ... my blog seems to be in a witness protection program. Still, I hope you do well with the program!

Minnesota Mami said...

My link goes to my post about my week in general...which includes that I did not do ANY workout whatsoever this past week either. Gah!! And I don't have an ear infection/bronchitis as my culprit either (which, by the way, is a good reason to have missed your workouts!). My excuse? Vacation! Back at it this week though...with a vengeance!

Holly @ Making Over Me

Random Tangent said...

so the podcast only works for ipod touch and iphone. might have to buy a stop watch afterall.

Ryan said...

The podcast should work on any ipod. I used my shuffle a few times. It's always rough when you have these big plans and the real world stops you from completing them. It makes it so easy to want to just quit. Kudos to you for wanting to keep going! If I can do it, you can do it. It's just a matter of pushing yourself further than you ever have before :) It feels great afterwards!

darcie said...

I have the podcasts on my regular ipod nano -
it's not easy - but you still have the motivation and that counts for something.
I'm half tempted to join priorfatgirl at her 5k this weekend - just to see what my finish would be - prolly an hour....and then try and beat it by XXX amount this fall - crazy???

Hyacynth said...

I'm cheering you on!! You have some great goals for this week. And remember, every time you meet one, you're doing one more thing than you were -- all steps in the right direction. :)

kristine said...

Good for you for not beating yourself up about your setbacks. Life happens, babe. You'll get better and you'll do it. I know you will. As Bob would say "Baby steps" ;-)

Miss K said...

I am of the opinion that anything you can do is better than nothing. Also, I need new shoes, too! I hope you get some good ones.

Anne said...

Just found you! I am a Minnesotan and a Lutheran and a mom, too ;) We have a lot in common. I also work in a Lutheran church, all my friends are Lutheran pastors, blah blah blah! LOL! Nice to meet you. Stop over at my blogs when you get a chance! Following you now. Oh, and on Twitter, too!

Caren said...

I found you at Prior Fat Girl's blog and I have to tell you my story in a nutshell... In January 2009, I weighed 252 pounds (I'm 5'8") and started a weight loss program, basic healthy eating and exercise. I also started the C25K program shortly after that. I ran my first 5K in May of that year and finished in 38:50! I was thrilled, I was also about 50 pounds lighter... I kept running all summer and did more 5Ks, this past weekend I ran another 5K and finished in 29:44, I am also a nutritionist now, helping others to live healthy and I weigh 164! I have 10 more pounds to go and I know it will come off. I am running in the biggest 10 mile race in the country on May 2nd and never, never, never did I think that would ever be a reality. Anyway, my point is that C25K is the best program out there, it truly works and I know you can do it! Good luck! I'll be back to see how things are going for you. I really enjoy your blog! Stop by mine if you get a chance!

Melinda said...

Even if your fist week isn't what you had hoped for, I'm proud of you for sticking with it! I would do this challenge with you if I weren't pregnant. Oh well, maybe next spring!

Jess said...

Awesome! I just ran my first 5K on Sunday (whoa, only 2 days ago) but anyway, it was amazing. You'll get there soon! I didn't personally do the C25K but I've seen it work wonders. So stick with it!

As for those shoes, I'm currently ditching my running shoes and going the barefoot approach. I think I'm going to run my 10K in May barefoot (with Vibrams). But yep, don't give up!

fritzfacts said...

Getting better is the first step! Don't stress about it, just go one day at a time. You are on the way, and it does take time.