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!"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 60 (week 9) - What should we do? Help us decide.

Well, I feel pretty good today. My shin was sore into the evening and I neglected to ice it, but it feels good today. I'm still getting used to feeling more full at meals. We have some wonderful chocolate cake in the kitchen from a birthday celebration last evening, but I just don't have the room for a piece.

In talking with Mrs. F, we do plan to try the 100 Push-ups Challenge (, but we have not agreed as to when we will start (whether next week or after our first 5k). Mrs. F is also leaning toward One Hour Runner (one site where it can be found is, but I've not looked at running options seriously yet. Up until last week, I was still concentrating on finishing the Couch-to-5k program.

If you have any ideas for programs we might consider, please let us know, but that's not the primary thing I want to ask our readers today.

What should we do about our little secret?

Should we let them know this weekend, when the Couch-to-5k program is done, or should we wait to surprise them at the race? We won't have all of our kids with us at the race (just too cold to have them sitting around outside for over an hour while also in a crowded place under the watchful eye of our eldest daughter alone), but then again the youngest ones won't have the capacity to understand the significance of our undertaking anyway. If we tell our kids before the run, our cross country runners could run with us while we train, and they might have some good pointers for us (we've tried to milk them for as much information as possible without raising their suspicions). There are definately pros and cons to both. I believe both will be a surprise, but actually getting them to the race (perhaps under the guise of going to watch our friend, Amy, and our eldest son run) would be a bigger surprise.

So, what do you think we should do to reveal our little secret? Should we do it this weekend, or should we wait to the race. We are open to either at this point, so we really would like to know what you think.


  1. What do try next? Ideas-
    Jeff Galloway 10k training-

    Hal Higdon's 10-k Training:Novice

    Beginner's Runner 10-k Training

    Or you can use Runner's World Smart Coach Tool to figure out a plan:

    There are a lot of options, but if you and Mrs. F. want to continue to work on this together, the easiest way to do so may to be to pick a time-based program. One Hour Runner may be the best option.
    I've done some reading on various forums and there seems to be a consensus that the best running training includes mostly easy runs for the majority of your training during the week (at about 70% of your max heart rate) with maybe one run a week where you really push yourself at a race pace.
    But I'm a newbie and there will be many others with more authority to answer this!

  2. What about the surprise, Amy? This weekend, or at the race?

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  4. I had to delete my comment. I kept using Eldest Son's name. I'll try this again!

  5. Maybe you could lose a bet with Eldest Son and be "forced" to run the 5k race?

    On the other hand, if you told him now, you could do some running together before the race and that might be fun.

  6. Hey, you've made it 9 weeks with your secret what's another couple weeks? Personally I think it would be more gratifying to surprise him at the race rather than now.

    Either way before or at the race it's going to be a surprise for your entire family. One thing that could be fun is when you take him to pick up his race packet you could say hold on, I think we need two more. Then without letting on to how much you have trained you could surprise them even more by running the entire thing on race day.

  7. Jon, I like that idea!

    Keep them coming everyone!

  8. I think the surprise is the way to go. There are, obviously, various scenarios within that. My first thought was something like take him to the race as if you're going to watch him. Have your running clothes on but put clothes over them so he can't tell. Then, after you park, and you get out of the car, start peeling off the street clothes so he sees the running clothes underneath - sort of like Superman! "Let's go."

    Regarding where to go next with regards to running program: My take is - just run. You've been so religiously following the program, now that you've reached this milestone it's good to get a solid base under your feet. Even though you've been increasing mileage in a conservative way give your bodies a chance to adjust. Focus on the routine and the habit and "settle in" to this new lifestyle - and then take a step from there. 10K maybe?



  9. I totally agree with Jon! This surprise will be so nice!
    Please tell us how they react!

  10. Hey AFMR. This is RedHoney from forums. I am a bog proponent of huge, last minute surprises, so I think it would be such a great surprise for them to find out on race day. Like other commenters stated, either way will be a great suprise but I tend to lean towards the bigger bang. Good luck on your race...whatever you choose.

  11. Surprising them at the race sounds like a great idea! Wouldn't eldest son be so surprised that you are going to run with him!

    Somehow this week has been more difficult for me to maintain calories than running! But I'm finding I don't need the extra calories...the scale will tell me tomorrow if I'm doing it right.

  12. Hey, Mare, Mrs. F has been dealing with that too. When she gets to the end of the day, she might still have many calories available (uneaten) within the parameters of her desired 1 lb./wk. weight loss, but she's just not hungry. She's waiting for our weight-check, too, because she knows that eating too few can be as bad as eating too many (both cause the body to start stockpiling fat).


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