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, October 29, 2010


The first lesson I learned yesterday was if you intend to work on speedwork, make sure your Garmin is charged. It lasted halfway thru my speedwork and then promptly shut off. I did not realize how much I relied upon it, until it was gone. So I thought since the garmin is much beloved, she deserved a name. Yes -- Im a bit silly that way! Anyway I named her Gabrielle, Gabby for short. You know cause she gives me much data!

The 2nd lesson of the day was if you intend to work on speedwork, do not run straight into a headwind. If you do, it makes your work much much harder. I was slated to do 4 800's with 400 recoveries, along with a warm up mile and cool down mile. That first 800, I did not make my goal at all, I was off by 15 seconds. So I adjusted my route to go a different way, so I didnt have to run into the wind directly. The 2nd 800 was only 5 seconds off, so better at least.

The 3rd lesson of the day was be prepared. The cold season is upon us and I frankly wasnt ready. The sun came out and it was 37 degrees but I mistakenly thought that by doing speedwork and the warmth of the sun, I didnt need as many layers. Hah! So before my run even started, I came back to the house three times, to get another shirt, hat and gloves. It really threw my focus off. I took the warm up mile too fast.

The 4th lesson is although your garmin dies -- redeem the run! It died at about 2.5 miles, so I just picked a fairly steady pace and ran. Even if I wasnt able to do speedwork,I was still able to get out and run! Its somewhat freeing to not have a clock or pace to watch. I really though was lost without my tools, I normally rely on my heartrate, pace, distance and time to guide me.

So I dont have a time for my run yesterday or a pace, I have a guess on distance. So ill add that to my running totals.

Keep on running folks
Mrs. F


  1. Great lessons learned...

    --I prefer running without shoes. My toes didn't get cold. Besides, if I'm in front from the start, no one can step on them. ~Michelle Dekkers - saucony running shoes


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