Couch to 5K

I’m not a runner. No, let me rephrase that. I DO NOT RUN. EVER. My grade eight gym teacher begged and pleaded with me to participate in track and field – 50 metres was it and then I was done. Nope. I was sick that day.
My grade nine gym teacher threatened to fail me if I couldn’t run a kilometre in twenty minutes. I skip-hopped and speed-walked, and finished that kilometre in 19 minutes and 45 seconds, but I DIDN’T run.
I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma as a kid, and I used that as my crutch well through high school. Then, when I was 17, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I sloughed off the asthma thing and adopted FMS as my new excuse. I steadily packed on the pounds – nearly 50 pounds since I graduated high school – and avoided exercise like the plague. Attempts to make me participate in sports turned into long-running jokes (like the time my cousins made me play volleyball with them. I was laughed off the court and then received a “How-To” manual for Christmas that year.) I had a brief love-affair with Aquafit, though it did very little for me. I spent a month at the gym back in February, and loved it (to my surprise), but can no longer afford the astronomical fees.

So here I am, the beginning of June, and my extreme distaste for running seems to have slipped my mind. Either that, or I’m momentarily insane. Because here, in my hands, I hold a brand-new pair of Adidas running shoes, a mapped-out plan for the Couch to 5K program, and one entire run under my belt.

Its about time I take some control over my body. Its about time I stop using diagnoses as excuses. Its about time I lace up a pair of running shoes, and hit the pavement.

I’m headed out for a run now. If you don’t hear from me in the next couple of days, please search the sidestreets and ditches for an incoherently-mumbling fool who thought she could jog.

8 thoughts on “Couch to 5K

  1. Cute pink shoes! I only buy pink running shoes 🙂

    I did c25k before our wedding and the first week was tough, and whatever week you run 20 minutes straight for the first time was tough. It’s a great program though, good luck!

  2. Love your new shoes 🙂 I’m not much of a runner either… but always feel so much better after exercise… thinking of you on your runs xoxo

  3. Thank you for stopping by during ICLW, so sorry it has taken me so long to reply. Glad you like the layout, I am a magpie and very visually orientated so it works for me! Looking forward to following you too.

  4. Oh how I despise running. I can walk for miles but can’t even make it down the street on a run. I would love to be a runner though! Good luck to you!

  5. I’m planning on trying this out starting next week! I’d really like to sign up for a marathon, but we’ll see how I do with this. I don’t usually have much time after work to work out 🙂

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