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!"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 57, Week 9, Day 1 -- Mrs. F

Wow,can I just say it seems unbelievable to type week 9 up in the subject line? I did it, I have exercised for 8 weeks straight doing something that I absolutely hated with a passion at the beginning of this all. Now I can say I actually "like" running. I dont "love" it as my son does but I do enjoy it. Now thats not to say that its not hard, cause it still is. Im constantly pushing and challenging myself to work harder.

It was a good run. By my estimation I went 2.75 miles in 32 minutes. It is a bit hard to judge the distance in the dark on the trail. Today I doubled back for Mr. F 3 times instead of the two I normally do. And I went further on the 2nd second of trail as well. The first two minutes were a little hard and then my body kinda said "oh we are running,lets go". I really pushed in the beginning, it felt good to run fast and move. I was feeling it a bit by the time I hit the end of the first mile segment but not bad. I went on to the next segment and wasnt really sure where Mr. F was. The last run on Friday, he turned around at the dam segment, so I wasnt sure what he was doing today. I was very encouraged when I heard him call out behind on the 2nd section of trail that he was turning around there. I didnt even know he was still behind me running that part!!! I called back that I was going to go further yet before turning around. I knew we had two more minutes of running today.

Im really not sure exactly the distance, I likely will bike it to get a better estimate but I know i went further. I believe i covered another quarter mile with the return of that extra distance. It all felt pretty good until I hit the last half mile. Now today I figured out that must be my wall. It got hard and I wanted to quit and my energy just wasnt there. I didnt want to slow down but i forced myself to do it for a little while just to get my mental game and energy back up there. That helped some. It doesnt seem to matter how far I run, the last half mile is my killer. Thats okay -- now that I realize that this is my wall point -- I can up the mental battle to fight it.

I neared the end of the trail and I seem to be slogging on and I hear Mr.F call out some encouragment. Thats all I needed to hear -- his voice is powerful and I could hear him pushing me on. I picked up the pace and poured it on as fast as i could to finish the last bit strong! I couldnt see him when he called out, it was dark and he was further away but I could hear him! He then jogged the last part of the trail and we finished together.

Keep on running,
Mrs. F


  1. Mrs. F.-
    You're awesome! So close to the end of the program. I'm really impressed.

  2. Amy -- I think you are pretty awesome yourself. I really appreciate the encourgement!

  3. I've been doing tons of reading on different plans for running and I think we're on track in looking at dong the one hour runner after this plan is over. I think it will keep you and Mr. F. on the same page. You can each go at your own pace while having the same goal of running for a certain amount of time.

  4. great job, guys!
    I'm in week 7 and throughout this time I had only 5 workouts outdoors.
    I still have to change from the comfort of the treadmill to the reality of the tracks.
    My reason is that for now I'm just preserving and strengthening my shin that has a pain historic.
    The good side of the treadmill is the control of the speed: the pace is consistent.

    Hugs(from Brazil) and keep on running!

  5. Ahh I love the relationship you two have. The fact that he was at the end of his run also and he was their encouraging you. Mr. F is going to start getting hate mail from other husbands. He makes them all look bad.

    Keep up the good work.

  6. Ana -- Since we have only really done one indoor workout, outdoor is what our bodies are used to. We still are researching treadmills, so that we have an option when it gets really cold and snowy!

    Rozette -- Your comment made me smile this morning. Thanks for stopping by!!

    Amy -- Im still leaning heavily toward one hour runner myself and doing the pushup challenge on the off days

  7. Ah! She committed to the 100 Push-up Challenge! Woohoo!


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