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, November 2, 2009

Day 64 - My turn for a run with U2 - Mrs. F

Mr. F was feeling ill tonight, so he didnt get to run with me. I missed him! Ive gotten used to having the time to chat after our workout and digest the runs. So I missed doing that this evening.

I had a great run! I ran 3.1 miles(estimated) in 35 minutes and 10 seconds!!! I set out intending to just run 2 easy miles and well the run was so good, that I just kept going.

I borrowed Mr. F's MP3 player this evening, so it was my first run with music. I wasnt sure how I would like it. I have to say, I dont like dealing with making sure the headphones are right and the wires and all that but overall it was nice. Im not as in tune to music as Mr. F is, so it really just became background music for me. During the day, I often have the radio on in just the same manner -- background music. So it really worked well.

I took my sons watch with me again. I did the first mile in 10:50! I was flying. And I wasnt even breathing heavy, thats the amazing part. Then I made it almost to the end of my measured trail segment(within a block) before my 17 minutes(half of the 35 I intended to run) was up. I wasnt sure if I could do the return trip as fast. I was estastic when I realized I did!!!! It really was a very awesome run.

I really felt like I had a good pace. I encountered a dog walker, along the last segment, and I was able to talk just fine as I passed him. By the end, my breathing was a bit more labored but not bad at all. And something else, i realized last run, I havent had a sideache in forever! So I must be learning to find the right pace.

It was a little different running in the dusk due to the time change. I loved seeing the full moon reflecting on the lake as I ran by. By the end of the run, it was as dark as if I had run in the early morning hours.

The only pain I had at the end was along my leg, just above my ankle. But not bad, just a bit sore.

I guess it was just my turn for an unbelievable run with U2!

Keep on running,
Mrs. F


  1. You did great! You're more than ready for the race coming up.

  2. Good work!
    You'll be knocking out sub 10 min/mile pace in no time.

  3. Thanks Amy and Oz diver -- I was pretty pumped after last nights run!

  4. Suh-weet! Keep up the good work!

    from Oklahoma, wink!

  5. Thanks for stopping by Sarah! Dont be a stranger now.

  6. Congratulations for your both!
    You are great!

  7. I'd like to share a great joy. I managed to do yesterday my day 1 of week 8!
    I could never imagine going that far.

    But again I did not even get near the mileage proposal (4.4 km run in 28 minutes).
    I have followed the program for the time and my happiness was able to run the 28 minutes.

    I'm overflowing with excitement and talking about the program to several friends.

    A great friend of mine, Samantha, is also having success on C25k and began week 4 yesterday.

    Congratulations to all!


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