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Almost 8 months ago I decided to try out running. You can even scroll down and see the post where I talked about the “Couch to 5K” program I was doing. the plan was to be able to run 5K (about 3 miles) in just 2 months. I had such a runners-high-optimism after that first day, but guess what…I completed one more day of the program after that November post and then I threw my tennis shoes back in the closet. Actually, if I am really being honest, I didn’t actually complete either of the 2 days of the program like I was supposed to.  I skipped at least three of the eight 60 second runs.

Fast forward to Sunday night.

I got into a “conversation” on facebook with a friend that is going to run the New York City Marathon in November. Which, by the way,  I think is insane! That’s hours of running and that is crazy! Who wants to do that?! [If you are unaware of my feelings about running make sure to read this post.] But, what’s even crazier is that our conversation made me start thinking about the Couch to 5K program again. I won’t go into detail – but there was shame and regret running through my mind. Why had I stopped? Why didn’t I try harder to actually complete one full day? The answer came down to keeping up with the time. I remembered being miserable while I was running, but I was the most miserable while trying to keep up with the timing of the walk/run cycles. Looking at the clock on my phone while I was gasping for breath, wiping sweat from my eyes and grabbing my aching side just didn’t make for a pleasant experience.

After finishing my first day of the Couch to 5K

This revelation led me to Google and then ultimately to the Couch to 5K website – where there are many resources — including an array of downloadable podcasts for each week of the program. I downloaded a couple to listen to and then decided on Lestyn’s C25K podcast with no music. These podcasts are simply Mp3s that only have the vocal cues for the run/walk cycles. I spent Sunday evening adding my own music with Audacity –  so now I have a personal play list of the music I like with the cues I need to do the workout.

I went one step further. I actually finished day 1 of C25K today – with no cheating! All eight of the 60 second runs were done in full. Which means that I ran for 8 minutes…now THAT is crazy!

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