Thursday, June 10, 2010

Goal... 5K!

I set a goal this week. I will be running my first 5K this fall!

These are the bibs I have from two 5Ks I participated in with my brother in 2004. I walked probably two thirds of each of them. This time, I plan on running the entire thing.

What got me motivated? Well, my sister-in-law was here two weekends ago and she has lost weight and is really getting in great shape. She was getting ready to go on a 25 mile bike ride the following weekend. I was really impressed! She looked great and felt great. And, I wanted to look and feel better, too.

So, I rejoined SparkPeople. Are you familiar with them? It is a FREE program that offers an online diet plan, calorie counter, and lots of health advice. You get to earn virtual trophies and points for sticking with your goals and for exercising. The best part of SparkPeople are the PEOPLE! You can blog at SP or join forums and you get a lot of positive feedback. It isn't just for people wanting to lose weight, but also for those who want to live healthier lives and just create and meet goals.

On Tuesday, I joined a SP group called "couch to 5K" (or C25K). I am now on a 9-week training program to run my first 5K. On Wednesday, I was talking to a friend at Alex's swim practice and she is now joining me on my runs! Then, yesterday, I decided to approach the swim team and ask other parents to join us for a 5K in October. We will be running in the Komen Race for the Cure. I already have at least 4 potential members and I hope to get 8-10. We'll see!

Is anyone else training for a 5K? or a half marathon? or a mini triathalon (something I'd like to do in the future!)? or some other event? If so, I'd like to cheer you on! We can do this!


cheyenne said...

good for you! when i ran my first 5k, i felt like i was on top of the world! and now i am training for my first marathon in october thanks to my husband. he is a runner and has run quite a few races including the chicago marathon last year. check out for some great training programs and stretching tips. and have fun!

Unknown said...

that's great! I love running and 5K races are so much fun!
I have been running on and off for the last 6 years, for me the challenge is to stay focus and consistent!
I really like the to keep track of my mileage. If you sign up (it's free), let me know.

Jamie {See Jamie blog} said...

Hurray for you! I have not done any running/jogging. I've blamed it on asthma, which does make it harder, but I have a friend who began running as soon as she recovered from a serious bout with asthma that required hospitalization. Now she runs marathons!! So I can't use it as an excuse. And it is a fabulous work-out, & much cheaper than a gym membership!

Rhonda said...

Good luck with your training. I am here cheering you on!

Dana said...

I love Sparkpeople! I lost 15 lbs last year using their site. I've got a friend who's training for a 5K right now, and even though I'm not running the 5K, I'm going to be joining her on her practice runs. Maybe soon I'll be ready for the real thing! Great job goal-setting, I'll be looking forward to hearing about your progress!

Twisted said...

We did a running club last fall for the kids and parents to train for a 5K. It was a lot of fun and helped 'schedule' running time. I'm missing it right now - can't keep the consistency in the training. Hoping to do 5k's and a half marathon this fall.
Will check out sparkpeople. Thanks for the info.

lahbluebonnet said...

Wow! You go girl! I would have been up for this years ago before my head surgery, but it hurts my head to run or jog (all the bouncing). I'm reduced to walking.

I'm sorry I'm not going to be able to get the canal pictures up. No time, don't know how to use the scanner, pictures aren't great, etc. However I realized we are planning on going up and doing a canal tour in Sept. I'll take lots of pictures with my digital camera and post them!

Robin said...

Oh, I wish I had some kind of gumption to get off my butt and do some kind of exercise. I have another friend who has gotten on the race kick and she's really getting a nice figure from it.
All I can think about is how much it would hurt me.
Maybe I'll try swimming, now that the pool is open.
Good luck with your race, Dana!

Unknown said...

Yeah! I'm cheering for you! :D

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