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I have been a stay at home mom for the last 5 years. I love being with my children and feel so blessed and lucky to have the opportunity to do so, but I often get lost in the shuffle of it all. I have tried to lose weight and get in shape many times in my life, with varying degrees of success. It has seemed especially hard since having kids. So, I've decided to sliver out a little piece of time for myself to get back in shape and get back to feeling good about myself. I am hoping that this blog will help me find an outlet to talk about my experiences and find a community of people who have similar goals. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Week 2, Day 2 - beautiful day for a run

It is a glorious day for running.  Cool, but not cold, blue sky and quiet on the roads.  My daughter is still sick and EXTREMELY whiny, so I must admit, I was anxious to get out of the house for a bit this morning and enjoy some solitude.

After a good stretch (one that I really needed as I found myself quite sore from yesterday's Zumba workout) and a brisk 5 minute walk, I was off and running.  Ninety seconds flew by and I began my two minute walk.  At this point, 2 dogs from the neighborhood behind mine approached me and one was sniffing in areas I'd rather he hadn't.  The owner was outside and yelled to me, "Don't worry, they're nice dogs.  They won't bite."  First of all, I don't care...sorry if you're a dog lover out there, but your dogs should be trained to leave strangers passing by alone or else they should be kept on leashes.  Second, I usually get at least a dinner and movie before anyone gets this far with me, so I was not appreciating this encounter.  Finally he called them off and I moved along, albeit, feeling just a little dirty.

The rest of the intervals came and went without incident.  Mia was playing some great music today and she was really encouraging me to pick up the pace at the end.  I did, but I sure was feeling it.  I am trying not to get too ahead of myself here, but I have to admit, when I read ahead on the plan I start to get pretty nervous.  I know I need to take it one day at a time, but it's still hard for me to imagine running 3 + miles without stopping.  This self-doubt still creeps in despite the fact that I haven't felt this good about myself in a long time.  I believe in the program though, so I have to focus on where I am today and look forward to gaining new confidence in myself once I succeed at the next plateau.  My attitude and will to succeed are the keys that will get me to my goal, so I'll keep saying it and saying until I reach the finish line:  I CAN DO IT!


  1. Theresa,
    I came across your blog while looking into the C25K plan. Today was my first day and I was pretty surprised that I was able to finish AND complete my Sunday Yoga.

    I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for posting this. It's nice to know there is someone else out there working toward this.


  2. I am doing C25K also and ran W2D1 yesterday. So far I have ran every run on a treadmill but I can't wait to start running outside. I work kind of late and have a two year old so I am limited to the treadmill. I feel like it is going to be very hard when I finally get to run outside(hopefully tomorrow). Do you ever run on a treadmill?

  3. Great job Theresa! I'm "re" doing the couch-to-5K plan that sounds very similar except the pod casts. I am "re" doing this because I first did the program last fall and reached w7d3 (my program is 9w) feeling great, and then I hit a wall. I had a hard time running for 2 minutes and I got so disappointed in myself I let all my hard work go out the window. So my advice to everyone, after hearing it from my "runner" friends, is that if you have a bad, week, or even 2 weeks...KEEP GOING! Throughout the entire program I ran when my lady told me to run and never stopped before she told me to stop...until that day. I've now learned that if I have to walk more than usual one day or one week...it is OK. Just keep trying that day's workout until you do get it and then you can keep moving on.
    I also want to comment on the underwear issue. Ahh...this is a problem, but I have found that the running shorts with the built-in undies are the best. The first time I wore them I felt like it was a little "breezy" down there, but now I love them (plus the little pocket inside is perfect for my keys). My favorite are the Nike ones b/c they don't bunch between my legs when I run.
    Thanks for your blog...it is keeping more people than you know motivated to reach their own goal!!

  4. Kim, I haven't run on a treadmill because I don't really have access to one. I know I sure like being outside though and having the morning air to breath in. I also really like having the ability to change my route and the scenery I get to take in. Not sure how difficult the transition will be for you, but take it easy and don't let yourself get discouraged if you struggle a bit! Good luck!!!

    And Kristi...thank you so much for your comments. Good luck getting back up to speed. I know you'll be able to finish strong this time. Good advice on the undies too. I'll have to check that out.

  5. Ugh. Loose dogs drive me nuts. You're hilarious! Hope you don't have any more inappropriate encounters with the neighborhood mutts. lol