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, Day 3) - Actual Run - Mrs. F

Overall it was a good run. The end was a bit tough for me but still good!

Thankfully there was a lull in the rain and while it was cold, it wasnt unbearably so. For the first leg of the journey, Mr. F was adjusting his brace, so he indicated I should go on ahead. I really have no idea on my pace since I wasnt wearing a watch today.

I ran the mile segment of trail and that felt pretty good. I wanted to try and get 2.5 miles in today, so I went on to the next segment and tried to estimate where .25 miles would be. Then I turned around and ran back. I did double back a couple of different times for Mr. F so that probably added in another two-tenths possibly.

Somewhere along the way, I missed Mr. F's announcement that he was redoing a song(since he lost that time when he was adjusting his brace) so I ended up running an extra 4 and a half minutes. No wonder the last segment felt long! By the last 5-8 minutes it was getting hard. My leg muscles were sore, my ankle/leg area on the left leg was hurting and I was just plain tired. And I wasnt really sure how far Mr. F was behind me. I wondered if I would even hear him call time. The thought of going back to the trailhead and having to run back to him seemed very daunting and long. At one point I turned around to look and he wasnt as far back as I thought, so that encouraged me to plod on. At times I felt like I was a little ole granny lady running tiny little steps.

I made some extra efforts to pick up the pace. The first was trying to run more on the balls of my feet, trying to lift up my foot more and that encourages my pace when I do that. The other was to swing the arms faster and longer and you cant help but speed up as you do that. I wasnt trying for speed records but I know my body enough that if i slow down too much -- it starts yelling out at me to walk. So I need to keep moving for that reason.

I made it to the end of the trail which means I at least went 2 and a half miles and started running back towards Mr. F. With the amount of doubling back I did, I think I may have covered 2.75 miles in 32 and a half minutes. Though its hard to really tell for sure. So all in all a good run!

Keep on running
Mrs. F


  1. Yeah! You're awesome. You are going to rock doing a 5k!

  2. She's going to rock, and I'm going to roll...




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