Who's with me?
We'll be doing The Couch-to-5K Running Plan starting, um, last Saturday evening. Okay, yes, so I got a head start. But as long as you start this week you won't be behind at all.
Plus, I'm saddled. And not just with love handles, but with a stroller. So in that sense you could consider it a handicap.
(The sense in which you might not consider it a handicap is that when I went out on Saturday evening, J actually ran with the stroller, not me. But I'm sure that sometimes I will be the one pushing it.)
Here's why you will love this running program: When you start off, you're hardly running. The first week you do this three times: "Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes."
It sounds ridiculously easy, doesn't it? Well, it turns out it's not really that easy if you haven't been running. (Not so) surprisingly, sitting at your desk, carrying around a baby, or even walking everywhere just do not exercise the same muscles as running. And excuse me while I make stuff up for a sec, but I do think that that part of training your body to run is getting your heart and lungs in shape. Mine are just not in that kind of shape.
So who's with me? J and I are going to try to run together, which means bringing Squeakles with us. Here he is in his new All Terrain Swivel Stroller. And that's me, pretending that I was pushing it.
So who else is with me? So far I count me, J, and Amber who will be doing it with us long distance from the sweltering heat of central Florida. (I'll bet she'd rather be running with a stroller.)
Oh, I see. You need more motivation? Okay, hm, let's see.
How about, for every week that you complete (and you're allowed to repeat weeks if you need to, or to go ahead of me if I'm the one who needs to repeat a week, or even to start at Week 7 or something if you're already a runner and don't need to start at the begining), I will send you a little reward by mail. No, not money, but just a little something to say "go you", or "I'm thinking of you", or "I've had this thing around the house for years, now here's a way I can pawn it off on someone else!"
Okay, so now who's with me?