Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On the Run - Introduction

"If you sign up and complete the triathlon you have been talking about, I will start training for a 5K."

So said I to the boyfriend after a straight hour of ribbing from my family for not showing interest in running, or exercise at all for that matter. As I've told others, "I lead a sedentary life." Of course, with one of my goals for the year being to start and stick with a program to get in shape (I may be skinny, but I'm weak as hell and want to get my energy levels up), maybe this "bet" would be good motivation for both me and Bob.

A natural swimmer and with his brand new road bike as his wheels, Bob had 2/3 of a sprint tri down pat. His challenge would be the run - additional training in this area will only help him improve his time for future events. Including that 5K that I will be now participating in. . .

He was at the race start by 4:50 that morning, for a 6:50am start time in the lake. I "slept in" and got to the Bike transition area at 7:00 - only had to wait about 10 minutes before my yellow-shirted boyfriend passed me by! I got to see him a couple more times at different points in the run and caught up with him after the announcers called his name at the finish line (those electronic chips they wear are genius!)
Way to go Bob and congratulations to our other friends who swam the swim, biked the bike and ran the run. I realize how sad this is, but I seemed just as tired as he was after a few hours of standing outside in the sun! And so it was, at 8:42am on Sunday, August 29, as Bob crossed the finish line of the Chicago Triathlon that my challenge started.
Follow me as I explore new terrority including:
Buying running shoes - I rarely wear tennis shoes and haven't gotten a new pair since 2003. Plans are to get fitted and my stride checked at Fleet Feet this week!

Setting up a schedule - Run in the morning or in the evening? In my neighborhood (where it can be a little sketchy) or in a gym? How many times a week and for how long recommended for a beginner? A lot of questions to answer before I get started.

Tracking Progress - there are quite a few online systems to link into to track workouts that can get one away from the manual excel sheet. Let's review them!

Finding the races - starting with the Hot Chocolate 5K in November! Does anything sound better than finishing a run and getting rewarded with a chocolate fondue fountain? I don't think so.


  1. Maybe this will help: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

  2. that is a great link, Claire! And if I start next week like I want to I will have 10 weeks until the Hot Chocolate Run!

  3. Good luck! I'll be trying to get back into running starting in December...gotta get our money's worth on the baby jogger! My advice is to not get discouraged at the very beginning if you can't run as far as you'd like...keep going, walk if you have to, and you'll be amazed how quickly you build that endurance!

  4. i suggest reading born to run by Christopher McDougall. totally motivational!!!

  5. Good luck! Maybe you'll be running the Chicago Marathon next year!!