On Saturday of Labor Day weekend, I ran in my FIRST race: The Charlottesville Women's Four-Miler.
N and I canceled our gym membership to ACAC. About a month before moving to our new home, we decided to take up running. I was over at our friend K & T's house when I saw posted on their fridge a running program that was 12 weeks long, and was designed to mold a non-runner into a runner. Basically, you start off running 6 minutes, and increasing every run in small increments, and by the end of the 12 week training program, you are running up to an hour. We have been running longer than 12 weeks, and are only up to 46 minutes. But this is a VERY large accomplishment for us. N was a pretty steady gym go-er; I would go through phases of going to the gym 4 times a week at 6:30 in the morning, then after a few months of that, I'd lose the momentum, and be back at cursing how I felt and how I thought my body looked, blah blah blah.
This running program has been great for a number of reasons:
1. I have a running partner who is there next to me in the morning, and encourages me to get up and run, even when I'd rather keep my head on the pillow.
2. It's FREE, and has enabled us to cut the (big) cost of a gym membership.
3. My energy has increased, and I feel good physically.
4. I can go running whenever or wherever I want.
5. The program enabled me to accomplish something on my list that I have wanted to do for a long time.
If you want a copy of this running program, you can get it at the Ragged Mountain Running Club here in Charlottesville.