Run Like the Wind!

Do you run? Like run regularly? I really haven’t ran regularly since high school Softball. It was always my least favorite part of practice but by the time the season was over, I was in great shape!

That was freshman year of high school though which was more years ago than I care to count. So here I am, back at square one trying to teach my body to run again. Luckily, I’ve been pretty into Pilates for the past 6 months which has helped with my endurance levels and muscle tone so that helps a little but yikes!

Rrruuuuuuunnnn!
Rrruuuuuuunnnn!

We started Couch to 5k yesterday. Yes, yesterday. So I’m telling you all about it to hold myself accountable to actually following through with this torturous plan.

The ultimate goal is to actually run the 5k at the Miles for Melanoma (<— Link) run at Lake St. Clair Metro Beach Park on August 2nd. We are participating in honor of my Brother in Law, Matt, who lost his battle with Melanoma this past January. Lauren has named the team The Matt Movement to embrace Matt’s positive attitude and energy toward life. Please click the link to sign up to walk, run or donate to a great cause.

I want to run. I want to be healthy. I want to live a long healthy life. I want to do this in honor of Matt but also for myself and for my family. There are so many factors that are out of our control when it comes to our health and well being, I want to take charge of the things that I can control.

Here’s my Couch to 5k progress so far:

W1 D1 – 2.4 Miles run/walk

The plan for day one alternated back and forth between running and walking. There were times that I felt I could have ran longer without walking but I think the goal was to get you to actually complete the total workout. It was great. At the end of the workout, we felt like we got some good exercise but we weren’t falling on the ground exhausted. So far so good!

I have an app on my phone that is called Couch to 5K that gives instructions on when to do what. It was $1.99. I think there’s a free version but I’m not sure how good that one is. If you would like to join us please download the app and add me as a buddy. I think you do that through Facebook. I know, I hate linking stuff to Facebook but I think it’s just for the purpose of connecting people together in an easy way. Or, hey! Come run WITH us! Either way, I hope I’ve motivated someone else out there to challenge themselves physically. I hope some of you can join us in August and put this training to work at a real 5k!

Please also take a moment to check out the Run for the Ribbon page that was created for my Father in Law who lost his battle to Prostate Cancer early last year. Prostate Cancer is a very real, very scary presence in the Day family and this run/walk helps to raise money and awareness for research. Me and Justin (Justin and I? Oh, F’ it) will be out of town, so unable to attend, but our hearts are in this and we appreciate your participation and/or donations for that as well. Go Team Tom Mofo!

Ok this post was too long and I’m sorry about that BUT thanks for sticking with me and I really hope to see you all pop up on my buddies list in my Couch to 5k app! 🙂

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