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!"

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Post C25K Blues (and drowning in my studies)

The end of the Couch-to-5k program has been very anticlimactic for me.  I'm a bit down, in part from that anticlimax, but also because my right shin is still sore and my left knee has gotten irksome again since Friday. I don't want to run tomorrow at all, but I know I need to do it.  I've been swamped in my studies for the past two weeks--sitting in a chair and reading academic texts for six to eight hours on a Saturday sure seems to be a way to suck the vitality out of anyone.  I've lost just enough weight from my butt over the past nine weeks that even sitting in my chair--my big, blue oversized chair--left me sore.  Although I can't see it, I'm pretty sure I lost some padding back there.

The burden of my studies is one of the reasons I've not been writing as much here or at (that and being down).  This is the first week I don't have an 1,800+ word essay due, so I'm hoping it won't feel so overwhelming this week.  I was required to make a substantial post to our online discussion forum on this week's topic, but thankfully I was able to get that done tonight.  I was the first one to post this week, and I'm usually one of the last because of how long it takes me to get through the reading.  It helped that a significant chunk of the material this week was in the form of PowerPoint presentations with audio (basically, a recorded lecture put into a set of slideshows).  Since I'm primarily an auditory learner, that gave me a leg up this week. Now I just need to finish the last two chapters of reading from last week and read the five I need to finish for this week (it sure beats the 18 I had to read for last week).

Enough of my coursework griping. I need to get my head back into running. Blech! I'd rather get my head into a bucket of Breyer's right now. I guess I'll just take it a day at a time.


  1. Hang in there Mr F. Better days will be around the corner. I know for me, taking that week or 2 off made a huge difference in how I felt mentally and although getting back into it was rough, it was well worth it. I needed a break and now I feel better and able to face the challenges again.

  2. I've found sometimes, in order to get me out the door, I have to force my logical brain to tell my emotional brain to shut up. ("You know we'll feel better." "Yeah - but I just don't want to go! It feels so nice doing anything but running." "Be quiet! We'll feel better afterward. Go.") It is hard when the goal has been accomplished. Hang in there.

  3. Get off your sore behind and at least take a good walk. It will be good to clear your head and to warm and stretch your muscles gently. There will always be things (school, family, too tired, dont want to...) that will be there to tell you that you you're to busy to exercise, but you find time for the things that are important to you. Unfortunately, in real life, we don't have the luxury of only being able to focus on one thing at a time. Being a mom taught that to me.

    And you're not done yet,mister! You have a RACE in a little over a week that you need to be ready for. I was out this morning and didn't see you. I'll be looking forward to your report of an afternoon run/walk today.

  4. Have you thought of checking to see if you can find a podcast of the book, or an audio format? Then you could listen while running.

  5. Unfortunately, none of the books are available in audio format.

    I do need to get moving again, but I have a splitting headache today.

  6. You will be very glad you went running when you go tomorrow.

  7. I concur with the above. Once you get out there and start doing it, you'll be glad you did. Skipping a workout always weighs on me.


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