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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!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Week 4, Day 2 - half way through the program

On my refrigerator is a spreadsheet with the entire C25K program printed on it.  Every time I return from a run, I "X" out the corresponding box.  When I repeat a day, I make a cross through it so it looks like a little star.  It is a very satisfying exercise and it gives me a visual representation of what I am accomplishing.  Today, as I marked the W4D2 box I realized I was half way through the program.  Wow!  I have come so far and am excited to know that there is still a long way ahead of me.  If I have made such amazing strides for myself in 4 1/2 weeks, just think what I can do in the next 4 1/2 weeks!

Yesterday afternoon was just beautiful.  I had every window in the house open and the evening was warmer than usual.  I got my things ready last night for today's run expecting more of the same, so was deeply disappointed to awaken to the realization that I'd be running in the rain again.  It's fine to run in the rain, but really not as enjoyable to me as starting the day running in the crisp, clean, cool air of a bright, blue morning.  On top of the crummy weather, the rain brings out the slugs.  I swear, it's like the onslaught of rain is to slugs is what the lighting of the Olympic torch is to humans.  They come out in force ready to show off their finesse and skill.  The only problem is, I feel like I am running on an obstacle course.  I haven't spoken to this yet, but I have a history of unique and cataclysmic accidents that have landed me hurt, on crutches, in the ER, and wrapped in bandages on many occasions.  I'll say that no one has ever used the word graceful to describe me, so it is with extra caution that I tread on this slug land mine field.  And of course, as I've mentioned before, I don't live in an area I would consider to be inhabited by the most responsible dog owners, so there are quite a few land mines of another kind I must watch for on the sidewalks (argh!).

Nevertheless, I kicked W4D2's ass.  It had me in a tight corner that last 2 minutes of the last run, but I found some punch and finished strong.  It felt good.  I felt strong and alive.  I want to continue feeling this way.  I hope now that we are moving into a phase of longer running, I'll start to see more results in the weight loss department.  I am still noticing differences in how my clothes fit, but I'd really like to start seeing more differences on the scale.  I am committed to this 100% though, so I know that I will reach my goals, I know that I CAN DO IT!


  1. ON THE SIDEWALKS???? What kind of sick and twisted dog owners live around you. Sheesh.

    You can do it! Just don't step on any poopy. Ew.

  2. I think, actually, that week 5 day 2 is the half way point. Since you did week 1 week 2 and week 3 - that's 3 weeks - and you're now in the middle of week 4 - that's 3 and a 1/2 weeks.
    Right now you've completed 11 out of the 27 workouts, or 40.74%.
    Which is still pretty darned good going!

  3. Hey Theresa, it's Mia (Chubby Jones), just wanted to drop by and congratulate you on the fantastic job! What I love most about your blog is how excited it seems you're getting about running and seeing how far you can go (which is very far, trust me, much further than you would have ever expected). With your can-do attitude, you'll be bitchslapping those runs all over the place!! Keep it up! :)

  4. @Maggieyay - yep. I blame mommy brain. Also, because the last three weeks have such small little boxes, it looks like half the program is already marked off on my paper. Oops! Thanks for the heads up. I'll have another chance to celebrate the half way mark next week!

    @Mia - thanks for writing! I was super excited to see from you and to know you had read my blog. You are so funny and you keep my attitude good while I'm grinding through these workouts, so thanks for that and the added encouragement. Hope to hear from you again!

    @Kelli - I know, right? Some people! Won't let that situartion stop me though :-)

  5. Good run! I am loving this program! I just finished w3d2, and am EXCITED for my runs. I can't wait until my legs are strong enough that I can run everyday! This program is amazing and changing my life!

    My blog is thenextinstallment.wordpress.com, and I have started blogging my own C25K journey!