Here's the skinny: I've been near 300 lbs. for years and need to lose weight. I'm married to a wonderful lady, and we have a family. One of our boys often asks if I'll run with him. I've always had to tell him, "No." In August of '09, my wife learned about a couch-to-5k running program, and I agreed to try it with her. This blog chronicles our progress on that training program. I hope I'll soon be able to surprise my son by telling him, "Yes, I'll go running with you!"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 52 (week 8) - Rain delay

We've decided to postpone our run until later in the day today. It rained most of the night and is expected to rain most of the day, with highs in the 40°s, but that's not the only factor. Our youngest one was up often last night, and that caused Mrs. F to get far less sleep than did I. We both agreed that our best shot will be this evening, when the rain chance reduces.


  1. I wanted to tell you that last week it took two days and three Walmarts to find my warmwear outfit for the 5K! Saturday was cold and rainy, and yes, I ran the whole 5K in the cold and rain! The last half mile was pretty hard, and I wanted to walk pretty bad. I came in 97th out of 112 people in just over 34 minutes. I felt like cold rubber afterwards, and I spent the rest of the day staying warm and dry. To my surprise, I feel pretty good (trying to get rid of plantar fasciitis for awhile now).

    I can't wait to hear how your surprise turns out for your son. We're all in on the secret, you know!

  2. Wow! Thiry-four (34) minutes for your 5k? That's fantastic. I'm hoping I'll be able to keep it at or under 50 minutes.

    Doesn't that warm wear stuff make a difference though? I'll be wearing my wicking wear again this evening as we run in the cold and the rain. When I got really moist in it the other day, as soon as I took it off I could tell that my legs were actually dry--the stuff really did wick away the moisture.


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