C25K: Diving in WAY Over My Head

So last night I was hanging around the house, staring at the ceiling and daydreaming (as I usually do, ya know) and thought to myself:
Self, you should train to run a 5K race. ‘Cause that would be a really cool thing to randomly do.

Promptly after that, I thought:
Uhm. Shit. How the hell far *is* a 5K race?

Ya know… in normal mileage that I understand? Because 5K could theoretically be like 300 miles and I certainly couldn’t do that! I popped open a web browser and searched for “5 kilometers to miles” and through the magic that is The Google, I am told that 5 kilometers is equal to 3.10685596 miles. (Thank God. Because 3.2 miles would have been too much!)

Three miles seemed doable, so I decided then and there that I was going to run a 5K race next fall (specifically I’m shooting for the 2011 “Turkey Trot” put on every November by our local runners’ club). AND in my infinite wisdom, I decided to post this little ol’ goal on my Facebook page — for the sake of accountability and all that.

Crap. I’m pretty sure I need my head examined. I’m in no position to even consider running. I’m out of shape, overweight, and even when I was on the track team (sprinting) in high school and in the best shape of my life, I never ran more than a mile at a time MAX. But then, maybe there’s no better time than the present…? And I’ve given myself over a year to train…

I’ve decided to attempt the Couch-to-5K (C25K) training program. You can read about it herehere and here. It’s a very clever gradual program that eases you into a running regimen.

So tomorrow after work I’m going to break down and fork over the cash for a gym membership. This weekend I start “training” … think I’m going to need the remedial C25K program though … about 4 weeks on the “week 1″ workout. Sounds about right.

For me it’s not so much about losing weight (though I could use it and it would be a great bonus). It’s more about having a healthy body again. There are so many things I’d like to go do and try … and the fact that I am overweight and get winded so easily when doing sports and such really holds me back. AND THAT SUCKS. I’m fed up with it. I wanna have some fun again.

Have any of YOU done the C25K program (or something similar)?


  1. says

    I just finished C25K last Sunday! My first 5K is scheduled for Saturday. I’m nervous and excited. I am one of the most unathletic people I know, so I always tell everyone if I can do it, they can do it. I’m amazed that I was able to make it through the program. Just remember, it works if you just stick with it. Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!

  2. Trisha B says

    It’s a blog-by…

    I have the C25K app on my Android and iPod… I would highly recommend it if you have a smart phone. The program is awesome and while I haven’t made it all the way through it yet (I tend to have exercise ADD… probably why I’m still out of shape), I plan to restart because I would LOVE to run a 5K someday.

    Good luck, and have fun!

  3. says

    I did a 5k on January 1st of this year. I didn’t run the whole thing, thanks to the hill that is 1st Avenue and some calf cramping after mile 2. However, I finished, and I wasn’t last in my age group. I’ve always been really slow, and had never run so much as a mile without stopping, much less more. I couldn’t do the 5k by the end of the program (because I’m slow), but I survived well enough. If I can do it, anyone can. Good luck!

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