Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Exercise Update

If you have been following my blog, you might remember that I signed up to run a 10 K to be held later this year.  I will humor myself and imagine that you have been wondering, "So, Kristi, how is the training going?"



I started following the "Couch to 5 K" program, which does what it says.  The program is designed so that someone can go, in nine weeks,  from being a couch potato to running a 5 K.  (I do use the term "run" loosely, though.  "Jog" is much more applicable in my case.)  Currently I am using the Hal Higdon 10K novice training program to move beyond a 5 K distance (3.1 miles) to a 10 K (6.2 miles).  

I can't say that I wake up and think, "Oh, goodie!  I get to run today!"  However, I don't have to mentally battle with myself as much as I used to, so I guess that's progress.  Sometimes I even think that I'm enjoying myself during the run, as opposed to just feeling good afterwards that I survived.  

Now, to be honest, I do utilize distraction.  I run on the treadmill, underneath the ceiling fan, in front of the TV, with oldest daughter holding the remote so she can fast-forward through commercials for me.  I might need to move beyond TV shows to movies, though, as I run longer distances.  Any recommendations?  (Nothing R-rated, please.)

Thanks for goals to push me.


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6 comments:

  1. I don't watch a lot of movies, so I'm not much help.

    Glad to hear your training is going well. Running (even jogging) are not on my "to do" list, but I love fast walking. It would take me forever to finish the race.

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  2. Wish I could think of a movie recomendation but nothing comes to mind? I usually listen to music when I run. It distracts my brain a lot easier then the tv does. Are you able to run outside? That can be very stimulating as well. Keep up the great work!

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  3. Keep it up Kristi! I can't think of any good recent movies to recommend either. We've been watching a lot of old Disney and Shirley Temple movies but they aren't for everyone and I don't know how motivating they would be. But do keep up the good work.

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  4. Sorry Kristi. I don't watch tv so I am no help. I do congratulate you though on the couch to 5k! That's awesome! I tried it two years ago, blew out my knee and now am advised against running so no running for me anymore. Keep up the great work, you CAN do this!

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  5. You read my mind. :)
    Good for you, going for the 10K. I don't know the last time I didn't watch a movie. If you want to go with old favorites, "Rudy" will keep you running.

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  6. I admire you. I have a fairy new treadmill with all the bells and whistles in the basement and I never use it.

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!