Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back at it Again

Maybe it is the lack of sleep, or waking up to an ocean view, but I feel inspired to start running again. I want to complete the Couch to 5K program and be able to run a 5K nonstop. As I have mentioned many times before, I've never run a mile nonstop, let alone just over three of them. Dan and I participated in our first 5K race last August as members of the NH Attorney General's team. Today, I decided I want to run another 5K race. I am determined to complete all nine weeks of training and at least beat my pitiful former time of 44 minutes.

I decided that I want to run in the Long Branch Trick or Trot on October 23, 2011. The proceeds benefit homeless animals at the Monmouth County SPCA. The organization is close to my heart because we adopted our first "baby," our evil cat Spyder, from them almost seven years ago. I love the animals and supporting no-kill shelters like the Monmouth County SPCA. I am going to do it! The only catch is that this is not a 5K race (3.1 miles). Instead, the Long Branch Trick or Trot is a four mile race. To quote Dan, "See this? I got this." I can do it, and I'm going to do it. Who is with me? For more information on the race, see the listing on Jersey Runner here.


Dan B. said...

Wooo. Fun run

Anonymous said...

You can do it! Thanks for choosing to support the MCSPCA!

Julia Mathis said...

Kacie I also did the Couch to 5K program. When i started i could not run more than 3 minutes. With slow progress over months, giving it up and picking it up again i was finally able to run a 5K. It's definitely very doable. Just keep with it. And if you have any questions feel free to email me.

I did the same one as that link, but modified it slightly to fit my progress. I ran based on time because it’s easier to keep track, and it took me longer than 10 weeks.

Also these tips to be really great and answer a bunch of questions i had. http://paradepassesby.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-couch-to-5k-review.html

The one i would have to add to it is buy running socks. A bit pricey, but they have cushions in the right places and prevent blisters. I bought some at a running store, but they are also available online (Amazon).

Kacie B. said...

Thanks, Julia! I really appreciate the tips. I've always tried the program by running with time. I've had to repeat weeks in the past when I can't keep up with the program. I'm going to check out that site and the socks. Thanks, again!