Last week I found a Couch to 5K (C25K) program online. I had started to feel that I was trying to do too much, too soon. I guess that I had been driven by pride, trying to get back to those days of running miles at a time. I had to finally breakdown and admit to myself that I was just overdoing it. My body was hurting and it just wasn't too much fun. It was actually quite the opposite... depressing. I thought that I should be able to run miles at a time in no time flat... since I have run a couple marathons. It just doesn't work that way.
I asked my daughter if she wanted to do the C25K with me. Then I asked my 9 year-old son. My 4 year-old also wanted to join in. So, I had my crew and they wanted to join in. My husband also decided that he would like to give it a try. My sister has a bad knee, so she stays home with my baby.
The plan for running is quite easy, and it is nothing I have done before. I have never done a walk/run plan. It seems to be working for all of us. I don't feel like I am doing more than I should. I am enjoying the time with my family. I enjoy being able to share my love of running with them. My daughter started to show an interest in running with me right before I found out I was pregnant with my baby. We had gone out running a couple times before that. I would let her lead the way, she would pace the run.
I am so excited to be doing this with the children and my husband. I hope that someday they will be running the long distances with me. It takes a lot of time and a lot of training, but I would love to have someone running a half-marathon or a marathon with me. Someone that I can talk to and have motivate me to keep going. I believe it would go a lot faster with someone beside me.
We are currently in the second week of our nine week program. I will keep updates on here.