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, November 13, 2009

Friday Fun - Mrs. F

The weight check went as well as expected ... sigh... trying to remember weight loss is a short term goal. I learned the hard way that you cant eat candy bars, skip workouts and not track calories well in one week. It doesnt equate good results.

So Im allowing myself an off day tommorrow as we are eating out for lunch and then back on the wagon for sunday. Im still going to try to eat wisely today and tommorrow, Im just not going to track it all.

The details of the race are still falling into place. My cross country runner told me that he wants to be there at 730 am so he can go over the course. Um dude, that would mean leaving at 645 am. Not sure that one is happening. My goal is to get out of the house by 7, which gives me 15 minutes of leeway time and I would still get there by 8. I wish I was fast enough to catch up to him and just say hi son ... but Ill have to suffice with the look on his face after I cross the finish line!

I have two main goals for the race. The first, is to run the entire thing. I know that sounds simple but this course has hills and Im not familar with it, so that is the first goal. The 2nd is to do it in less than 45 minutes. Yes, I have run 3 miles in 35 minutes but people, there are HILLS!~ So I want to give myself some time to spare as I really dont know how Ill fare with those.

I spoke to a friend who had started doing this , after I told her and was able to encourage her to keep plugging away. She had some delays after dealing with her mom and a surgery. So I encouraged her to get back on the treadmill. She was going to go all the way back to week 3 , after starting week 4 two weeks ago. I encouraged her to just go with week 4! It was kinda neat to be able to do that!

Im praying the weather cooperates, if not we will be ready. After all we have run in rain and snow!

Keep on running folks

Mrs. F

PS - Reveal pics will be posted either tommorrow or Sunday depending on Mr. F's time availability!!!


  1. What I'm about to say is easy to say - maybe hard to do: Treat as a celebration - not a test or something that requires proving. You've already proven what needs to be proven. The gun hasn't sounded but you've already won. Someone will be faster than you but you've already won. My hope is this becomes the most fun run you will have had since the project began - even if you had other runs that were faster or that didn't require walking. (BTW, if you haven't had this visual yet I'll pass it along: When you get to a hill remember 'baby steps'. Cars and bikes shift into lower gears on a hill for a reason. Same should hold true for running. Take smaller steps and the hill will be easier.)

    Good luck!


  2. Jim -- Thanks so much for the encouragment. i really needed to read that today. Trying to throw off the stress from preparing to get the family out the door early tommorrow.

  3. I'll definately remember "baby steps" for the hills. Any tips on going down? I can speed up, but the impacts are greater.

    Some of the guys on the boys' cross country team also suggested leaning into the hill and swining the arms loose, low, and long. That's seemed to help when our little inclines were tough.


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