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C25K - Week 3 recap and a running epiphany

Friday, July 02, 2010

First of all, so sorry I didn't blog about W2D2. Life got in the way! But I can assure you that it did indeed happen!

Both Wednesday and today I was able to move off the track and onto a trail to do my run. LOVED IT! It is SO much better than running in circles! The one thing I don't like, is I have no idea how far I am going. I am attempting to suppress my inner control freak and just embrace this wonderful notion of running in scenery even if I don't know how far!

So I am now 2 weeks in to the Couch to 5K program. What do I think so far? Well, that l answer leads me into my running epiphany. So let's start there.

The short answer to the above question is I am really loving this program. And I didn't expect to. I expected it to help build my endurance. I expected it to push me when I wouldn't normally push myself. In short, I expected it to "work". I also expected it to be painful and hard. It is such a surprise to report that it's not!

And that lead's me to the obvious question - why on Earth is that not the way they introduce/teach running to young people??? Why isn't this "taught" in gym class? Why isn't this the way the get people running correctly in track? I was an athlete in high school (volleyball) and let me tell you, running was for punishment. Nothing more. I remember seeing a cross county runner once wearing a shirt that said "My sport is your sport's punishment!" True that!

So here's my epiphany: I am a homeschool mom. I am in charge of my children's academic education. I am also in charge of their PHYSICAL education. You can bet that, when they get older, I will definitely be institute a little C25K into their curriculum! As it is, the days I run on the track I take them with me and let them run or walk or ride their scooters/tricycles while they watch mommy run. I figure this is where early physical education begins - in front of their eyes.

I am so thankful for the changes I am seeing in myself after only 2 weeks in the program. But, I am even more thankful for the far-reaching effects this will have on my family as a whole. Yes, as a whole. In addition to (hopefully) inspiring/teaching my kids one day, my mom has already followed my lead and begun the program too. My sister also, plans to begin as soon as she is cleared to exercise after her recent c-section. There are also 2 of my husband's co-workers who have expressed an interest after seeing some of my postings on Facebook.

It just goes to show that you may never know the effects your choices have - not only on your life, but on the lives of those around you.

I will close with a quote from last season's Biggest Loser. It is from one of the mother-daughter team's initial interviews before the show began. It is one of the catalysts that gave me to courage to start this program:

Daughter - "What if I try and find out I can't do it?"
Mother - "What if you try and you find out you can???
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  • TEDYBEAR2838

    3956 days ago
    YES to your epiphany! Have a great week 3!

    3958 days ago
    Great job!

    As a teenager, I actually didn't mind the running in gym class; I actually somewhat enjoyed it because I was actually fairly good (read: fast), however because I hated the rest of gym class and you couldn't have one without the rest I never really considered running for the sake of running. My wife started on her weight loss journey and then started running, so when I followed her I remembered this, and thought I might try my hand (or foot), and look at where I am now? Who would've thunk it?

    As my wife just commented, I just got back from a run/walk with my 7yo daughter. She did great!
    3961 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/2/2010 11:36:31 PM
    I too agree about running and school... I never liked running in school -- as you way it was punishment... I now love running - you are setting a great example. Keep it up.

    My daughter completed 33.5km at school this year in the running program and loved it... she is going out for a run/walk with my husband tonight...
    3961 days ago
    Awesome! You are so right about running in school. I HATED it. Remember the 600 yard run? Pure torture. Although I am much heavier than I was in high school, I feel like I am healthier than I have ever been. I eat better and I can RUN! Woo Hoo, Great idea about incorporating C25K into your children's PE. My son often rides his bike with me when I run. I would love to actually get him running. He is not very aggressive and has a hard time with team sports because of that. I think running would be a great sport for him.

    You go girl!
    3961 days ago
    I have said it before and I will say it again---running is the most empowering thing I have ever done in my life. The confidence it gives me in other areas of my life is amazing!
    3961 days ago
    That comment from Ashley & her Mom should be on a plack!! Congratulations to you for finding C25k!! Your ephiphany is HUGE and I agree! More people would run if they were shown how to do it with interval training. I applaud you as a mother for making C25k part of your "cirriculum"! Children are influenced most by their parents and look at what a great example your children have in their Mom! I discovered C25k several months ago. I joined a C25k training program sponsored by my local running store and guess what? I'm running my first 5k tomorrow!! So here's to you fellow "runner", keep up the great work! emoticon
    3961 days ago
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