Thursday, March 28, 2013

Guest Post: From Couch to Ironwoman

Early last fall, I decided that I wanted to do a 5K and I decided to recruit a couple of my friends to do it with me.  We decided that we would follow the Couch-to-5K Running Plan for our training.  Our goal is to do the EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge in August 2013.  None of us really enjoy running (and maybe this program will change that) but we liked the idea of getting back into some sort of fitness routine after having kids.  We decided that an end goal of participating in an actual race would help to motivate us.  

Both of these friends are now pregnant and only one of them is going to be able to do it with me now (the other will be busy snuggling a couple week old baby) but we are still looking forward to participating.  Now that spring is officially here and warmer weather is quickly approaching, I am looking forward to starting my Couch-to-5K journey. I will be updating our journey here on the blog throughout the spring, summer and fall.  To help me kick it off, and as a little jump start to my motivation, I would like to welcome the woman behind From Couch to Ironwoman, Jamie...

Hi everyone! I’m Jamie and I blog at From Couch to Ironwoman. I was honored that Danielle wanted me to write a guest post on her blog about how I got started with my running/triathlon journey. We actually know each other from high school and thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook we have been able to stay connected with each other.

I’m not sure if Danielle has mentioned this on her blog yet or not, but she is going to be running her first 5K this year! My husband, Mike, and I started our journey with running (and ultimately triathlons) almost two years ago. I had seen the Couch-to-5K (C25K) program mentioned by a few Facebook friends and I was intrigued.

I never thought that I could run as an adult, I did run cross country when I was younger but only through my freshman year of high school. I actually used the excuse that it hurt my knees, which it did at first, to get out of running while on the swim team in college. Mike and I met through swimming, we were both swimmers from a young age through college, but we had grown inactive after we stopped competitively swimming. The C25K program seemed like the perfect solution!

I’m not going to lie, it was hard. Maybe not at first when the walk increments heavily outweighed the run increments, but I did have problems with my knees and ankles in the beginning (that’s where having the right shoes comes in handy). I complained constantly, it didn’t help that we started running at the end of April and then into the summer, but we made it to our first 5K! We crossed the finish line together in 32 minutes and even though I have a 5K PR (personal record) of 25:36, that is still one of my proudest moments.

Even before we ran our first 5K, we were hooked. We had huge plans for ourselves, an Ironman, and finishing that 5K solidified that this is what we should be doing. Mike and I have done over 30 races since our first race and there are plenty more to come!

Looking back on our journey that includes numerous half marathons, sprint triathlons, a duathlon, a few relays and a marathon, it is hard to believe that it started out with alternating 60 seconds of “jogging” and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

This year we hope to run a few more marathons, we are currently training for the Cleveland Marathon, and complete a 70.3 triathlon (we’re currently training for that too). I also have plans for a 60K ultra in the fall. Even though Facebook has somewhat invaded our lives, if it wasn’t for my friends’ statuses about the C25K we may never have started this amazing journey that we are on.

I’m excited for Danielle and I can’t wait to follow her journey, I hope she loves it as much as I do!

Go check out Jamie on her blog and on Facebook and let her know I sent you!  She has some serious plans for the next year and I am looking forward to following her journey as well!  I am hoping that I have as successful a journey as she has had!

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