And so it begins…again.
I got clearance from my doctor on Friday to start working out. Confession: I actually tried running the day before. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful and I didn’t want to wait any longer! I headed out the door to try the first day of Couch to 5k. It starts with a brisk 5 minute walk. Easy enough. And then it alternates running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds.
Brilliant me decided to take the Mini Athlete with me. And even more brilliant me then decided to run the first 60 seconds as fast as I could.
It felt great to run – I felt so free!
My first run interval? A 9:20 pace! With a stroller??? That’s flying for me!
But things went downhill from there. I obviously should have eased into things a little better and my pace got slower and slower as I went on. I ran back past the house and was relieved to see Nate walking outside with Little Miss Athlete. She had gotten hungry while I was gone so I had to stop the workout to feed her. Can’t say I was disappointed. I was exhausted!
As you know, I recently moved and I have really been missing my running group in my old city of St Pete – the IRunMommies!
So I decided to start a running group in my own city – say hello to the brand new Island Running Club!
Looks like the colors are still the same!
I created a Facebook group last week and invited people in town that I know and thought might be interested in running. I wrote that I’d be starting the Couch to 5k program and my husband would be leading a 5k route. Well, you don’t see him in the photo above because he decided at the very last minute to join an ULTRA team for Ragnar Key West. Crazy boy. So my dad jumped in to lead that part of the group.
We had SUCH a great time. Or at least I did. Six of us did the Couch to 5k and two did the 5k route. I’m hoping our group will just grow week to week!
There is such strength in numbers. There is NO way I would have gotten out to run at 7am on Saturday if I hadn’t known people were waiting for me. It’s all about accountability!
How do you find accountability to work out?
Any locals want to join us for a run next Saturday? I’m looking at you Casey! :)