I have been on the hunt for months for a way to get out of the house, not have to drive, get time alone (aka no kids), yet not be tempted to spend money.
Starbucks is within walking distance and they have free wifi, so I could walk there to hang out. The problem with that plan is I could never, ever, in a million years enter a coffee shop establishment and NOT buy something. There aren’t any parks really within walking distance and simply reading in the backyard isn’t what I had in mind since the kids could still see me. Window banging isn’t the serenade I find relaxing.
So instead, I’ve decided to take up running. Couch To 5K, to be exact (C25K). It gets me out of the house, doesn’t really have a pit stop built in for me to spend money at Starbucks, and I get to kill two birds with one stone by trying to get healthier at the same time.
Yesterday evening was my first night out and wow… I have got to be one of the most mashed couch potatoes ever! I really need high arch supports for my running shoes, despite getting some designed for high arches/weak ankles. My hope is that once I pick those up tonight and have a better stretching routine, things will get better.
Oh, that and a better sports bra. My chin will thank me once that happens.
My goal is to participate in the Madison Mini-Marathon in their 5k race. I do not expect to win. I do not expect to actually run the whole way. My goal is to simply make it there, make it over the finish line and NOT get picked up by the slow poke van.
Of course, I have to get there first. I have to stick to the program and find someone to stand with my babies at the finish line since Aaron works weekends.
First thing is first, though. Sticking with the C25K program. It will be hard but completely worth it, in the end.