The beginning of last year, I thought I was too fat to run. Then I read some blogs and thought, ok... They can do it, I can at least try. So I started the Couch to 5K training. In all honesty, I changed it up for me. But the concept was always there. I'm not ready to RUN a 5K at this time, but I'm working toward that. (Remember I said not ready to RUN... I didn't say, not ready to do... )
Ok - now to the practical application of the C25K training...
It snowed last night into this morning... a lot for where we live (approx 10 inches). The Little Princess of the house LOVES when it snows and she doesn't care if the sleet is coming down - she WANTS to go play outside - which includes using the sled. So after a few falls in the snow, and realizing the 'hill' in our backyard was just not going to cut it for her today, we went out to the street. I pulled her up the hill and then we turned around and she sat in the sled while I guided her down. Now, we were in the street, and using the tracks made by the few cars that had ventured out - we live on a dead end street that had not been plowed... (And if you are from an area that has perma-frost this time of year, please don't roll your eyes... I've been there too, this is just exciting for us. Conditions have to be perfect for us to get snow instead of freezing rain during the winter. Most people here don't drive in it so when I say 'venture out' I mean it. I digress though.) Well, the tire tracks obviously moved the snow out of the way, but there was a nice thin layer of ice - which EVERYONE who has ever sledded knows is the best way to sled - you go much faster. So, here's the little one (4-1/2 yo) in the sled, I'm holding the leading-rope and she is gaining ... oh no... passing me. So now I have to run (IN THE SNOW). We got to the bottom of the hill and she was ready to go again... Surprise... So was I... Now, it wasn't far at all, but I had just pulled her up the hill and ran (IN THE SNOW) next to her and we were ready to go again.
Last year, I think I would have collapsed... or at the very least, I would have given up a lot sooner than we did. I would have been trying to convince her that it was time for some Hot cocoa or something. Honestly, she was 'done' sledding before I even suggested it.
I attribute this to C25K training. I did it - when I thought I was too heavy to run. I did it because I saw that others did. And I am SO GLAD that I did. I had so much fun playing in the snow today. I came in because my toes were cold... Not because I was too tired. How Awesome is that??!!
So, if you are wondering if you are ready to start a running program, DO IT (if it is ok with your dr)! Even if you never want to run a 5K, it pays off in 'daily' activities.