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!"

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 54 (Week 8, Day 5) - Mrs. F

It seemed a bit harder today. Im not sure if it was doing at the evening or if I didnt eat enough to have more energy. I felt sorta sluggish. Overall though it was a good run.

I doubled back twice for Mr. F and he turned back around at the 1 mile marker while I went on ahead to try and add in that extra half mile. It took me a long time to catch back up to him. I really felt slow. I was sure that I would meet him running toward me on the trail since I was so slow. And sure enough that did happen! I was near the end of the trail when I finally encountered him.

I didnt wear a watch again so I had no idea on time and Mr. F was out of sight for almost all of the return segment. So I had no idea on time. When I finally saw Mr. F -- I pushed it up a notch and really upped my speed. I still didnt catch him but I did finish strong!!!

It wasnt until we were walking back to the car on our cool down walk that we talked bout distance and time. Mr. F thought since I didnt come back as quickly that I went further than I did last time. I did about the same distance total(2.5 - 2.75 miles estimated) but I did it two minutes faster. Woohoo! On Wednesday, it took me 32 and a half minutes to cover that distance. Today I did it in 30 minutes, so while I thought I was slower, I actually beat my time.

I have some pain along the side of my left leg again but not bad. It didnt bother me while running, so I was thankful for that.

Im starting to notice little changes in my muscles. My thighs are more streamlined. They are still flabby but I can see subtle changes. Im even noticing soe changes in the midsection. Oh most of the fat is still there but I can see some muscle definition in the diaphragm.

I still sit back in awe that I can do this. I never thought ever that I could be a runner, let alone run for 30 minutes straight without stopping. Couch to 5k rocks!!!!!

Keep on running
Mrs. F


  1. It took me ages before I could do a full 30 mins, even with the C25K programme (I kept on having to repeat weeks), but I got there in the end and beyond.

    You are doing so well - keep it up!

  2. Mrs. F.,

    First of all, you are amazing. Truly. I seriously think you're running faster and farther than you think. It's hard to tell when you double back. You are doing awesome and I don't think it's because it comes easy to you. I think it's because you are stubborn, competitive and push yourself really hard! I really don't think I will be able to keep up to you head to head.

    Second, can I just say that I think it's funny that I address YOU as "Mrs. F." when I'M the one who is "Mrs. F." in real life!

  3. Fat Free me -- Thanks -- I appreciate the encouragement.

    Amy -- Thank you -- stubborness definitely does help lol. I figure use my competetiveness to my advantage! And yes its pretty hilarious with the names lol! I love the comment you wrote bout being a force to reckon with. Gonna use that in my mental battle as I run lol!

  4. Way to go, Lady! No wonder you felt like you were putting in so much effort-it's because you were going so much faster! That's awesome!

  5. Jen- lo -- It definitely makes the harder effort worth it to see that you made progress either in distance or time. I did one run with a watch and I liked having that. It gave me time segments to make goals with. So I tracked the first mile time and then made goals based on that!


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