Monday, April 05, 2010

The Couch to 5k Kickoff

It is here the first Monday of this daunting thing that I talked myself into doing.  Honestly today has come and I'm feeling a little panicked.  I mean, did I really convince myself that it was a good idea?  But then I think of the support I've been given and all of the people who are on board to go ahead with this challenge and I am touched and moved and inspired to get going.

So today is the official kickoff of The Lutheran Geek's Couch to 5k Challenge.  See, I even have a fancy blog button that you can borrow for your posts.  Some people have expressed confusion about just how this is going to work, particularly since we are all in different places on our journey.  I've established some very loose rules for this challenge but I'm a naturally forgiving person so I want you to make it work.  Here are the rules for ME and what I suggest for you as well.

1.  Each week set a goal for the week's Couch to 5k challenge.  It may be "complete week 3 of the program"  or "repeat week 7 until I am able to do it without cheating."  I will be doing this myself.  I am likely to be repeating weeks here and there.  I want this to be flexible because I don't want anyone to get so off track that they feel guilty coming back later.  (Find the program as it is suggested here)

2.  Each Monday write a blog post about the couch to 5k challenge.  Write what worked, what didn't work, what was hard or easier than you expected.  Be honest.  If you failed just say so and ask for support to get going the next week.  I know that I will be.  Include pictures if you'd like, and please use the button and link to my blog.   But most importantly every post should have two things:  How last week did, and the upcoming week's goal.  (Don't have a blog?  Consider a facebook note and post the link here too!)

3.  After your blog post is written come here and add your own to my Mcklinky.  With the exception of this week I'm going to work hard to post mine early on Monday mornings so that you can link up whenever it is convienient.

4.  Part of the reason that I'm committing to this challenge is the support I've been given and so I want to pass it around.  I'm going to commit myself to commenting on EVERY linked post each week, but I would ask that you post encouragement to at least two other linked posts a week.  We all need support and love.

5.  Have an end goal.  I'm going to run the Liz Logelin Foundation 5k in September (Date TBD) but you may find yourself, or even set a loftier goal.  However I am hoping to have a huge group of novice runners running with me.  Plus we'll have to have a party afterwards too!  So consider joining us for that, but more information will be forth coming as it gets closer.

6.  Have fun, challenge yourself and keep trying.  (I will need reminding of this rule often).

So, those are the rules as I am setting them.  Are you in?  I hope so!   Even if you aren't ready to start now there is a lot of time between now and September.  You can start at any time you feel ready.  New challenge members are always welcome. Likewise, if you miss a week come back and try again.  No judgment here, just support.

So since this is the kickoff I have no week previous to summarize but here is in my goals for the next week: 
  • Get out and try the first day of the Couch to 5k challenge at least 3xs this week.  Keep trying until I can do the first day as it is written.  If I master that I'll continue with week 1.
  • Buy new running shoes.  (I the right size on order which are coming in this week).
  • Download the Couch to 5k podcasts.
I hope you will join us.  Lord knows that I'll need all the help I can get along the way, and I'm guessing I'm not alone.  Please take a moment to write a kickoff post of your own and link here!

(P.S.  Sorry it is so late at night - the holiday celebrations and computer battery life had me delayed today!)


The Marketing Mama said...

Liz, Very excited for you and the rest of us. I am going to play along, even though I'm not sure how much I'll be able to get out of the house, really. :)

I found some GREAT, totally free podcasts here:

For those who don't know, the podcasts (which you upload to your mp3 player) play music timed to your run and say "time to run now" "time to walk now" so you don't have to time yourself for each interval. There are different podcasts for each week.

I searched around the net a bit today and that's what I found that I really liked. Kind of hip/hop R&B flavor - and she has a great blog too! :)

Miss K said...

I'm starting week 2 today and I have been so pleased with it, so far! I will post an update next week.

Becky said...

WEEEE! Here we go!!!

Anti-Supermom said...

Liz, Baby should come early in August and I would love to join you in Sept. I already workout 3X a week and run, err walk (darn being pregnant, not really...) about 10 miles a week.

Whatever, I'm just saying I should be able to support you come the big day and along the way, just not posting on training and the such.

I'm really looking forward to following you along this journey! Keep up your great attitude, you can do it!

Pastor Scott said...

Good for you! I'll keep you in my prayers!

andreaberg said...

Liz - I started yesterday as well - week 1 - day 1. It was hard but I loved that I did it. Boy my legs hurt today...but a good hurt.

I also just downloaded those podcasts The Marketing Mama recommended. it will make it so much easier so I don't have to keep looking at my watch.

Good luck!

Kim said...

Liz, I am excited to start, but anticipate I won't have a post until next week. Good luck!

beautyredefined said...

Hey Liz - looking forward to this. Just did day 2 this morning, and I even upgraded my wordpress last night. You might drag me back into blogging with this. We'll see!

fritzfacts said...

I will be playing along for sure!! I am hoping to be able to start next week...a busy week has turned into a crazy week.

Sara Cart said...

Found you through google so I thought I would pop in. You are a better woman than I.

Elizabeth Harty said...

Liz -
I've got a 5K scheduled for June 5th in Burnsville, but looking for a second one. I'm in the midst of Week 2 while I should be in Week 4. UGH! Will post!