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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!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Week 5, Day 1 - Restless nights and early mornings

The first words I uttered in my head this morning were, "No Excuses."  I had many for not wanting to get out of bed:  up many times last night with a distraught toddler who has 5 new teeth arriving all at once; a stuffy nose and itchy throat from the brutal allergy season; still feeling salted about the Celtics loss last night.  But alas, I dragged myself, bleary eyed and bitter, out of bed and dressed myself.  My blood was slow to start moving.  I walked for several minutes before the yawning subsided and I felt at all ready to fire up some Chubby Jones and begin the power walking.  Once I did though, it all started to click into place.  I always stop mid walk, be it at the beginning  or during the so-called recovery walks, to stretch my legs, calves, and lower back a little more.  It amounts to about 30 seconds, but it makes all the difference to me.  I have yet to experience any shin splints (which I always have in the past when I run) or cramping in my legs, so I stick with it religiously. 

Once I started running, it felt really good.  I found today's intervals to be much easier to finish than last week's.  I'm not sure I am quite hitting the total distances the program calls for, but I think I am pretty close.  I discovered a website that allows you to enter your running routes and then it calculate the exact distance.  I was going to check out my total mileage this morning, but the site is down until tomorrow.  If you're interested, the address is www.gmap-pedometer.com.  At any rate, it felt good and I think I am going to run W5D1 once more with the goal of hitting the distance mark.  The cool thing about today's run was that for the first time since I started this program, I really did feel that I could be running 5K.  I mean, up to now, that always felt so far away.  And while I have been positive about this C25K thing, it has still been hard for me to even imagine myself running for 20 or 25 or 30 minutes without stopping.  Even last night, thinking about day 3 of this week, I felt nothing but dread, but now, I know that while it may be hard, I will be able to do it.  It's like the more I say it, the more real it actually becomes.  My hard work, my commitment, my mindset, and the support of friends, family and fellow C25Kers - it all adds up to the wonderful truth that I know deep down:  I CAN DO IT!!!


  1. Congratulations! With that kind of attitude, a 5k will only be your starting point.

  2. Great job! I ran W5D3 today and despite my dread for it, I loved it! For the first time in this program, I just ran without thinking of the pain, heat, or the desire to stop. I live in south Florida and the summer heat is unbearable. So I have to get up EARLY to beat the heat (which is sometimes hard b/c I'm currently in grad school and stay up late studying). Maybe it didn't seem so bad b/c I knew I wouldn't be stopping to walk and I paced myself, but I just kept moving and enjoyed watching the sun coming up over the water and being out with my "regular" runners. Now I will have to say that I looked at my watch with 5 min. of running time left and was surprised that was all I had left, and then started to feel the pain. That was when each second felt like f-o-r-e-v-e-r! However, I think that was b/c I looked at my time. With about 2 minutes left I calmed down and was able finish strong. And surprise of all surprises, when I stopped running for my cool down, I had a hard time stopping...my body wanted to keep running!! I'm so excited to keep going now!!
    I also read where you don't eat before you run and I know a lot of people that don't, but I have found that I need an extra boost. So I either drink a protein shake or eat a spoonful of peanut-butter before I head out. Neither sit heavy on my stomach during the run, but seem to give me just a little more energy. I think everyone finds what is right for them.
    Keep up the great work everyone!! Oh, and where can I find the distance targets??

  3. check out mapmyrun.com too- also a cool website that will give you distances & elevations

  4. Kristi,

    In the spreadsheet for the program (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml) it says things like run 5 minutes (or 1/2 mile) etc...those are the targets I was running for. Let me know if you have any trouble finding them.

    And thats Kelsey, I'll check it out!