Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A personal challenge

After seeing a few of my friends on Facebook writing about C25K curiosity got the better of me and I googled it.  I found out it is a program to get you from the couch (inactivity) to running 5kms non-stop in 9 weeks.  It appealed because I would like to get fit.  I would like to lose weight.  I've tried.  I've failed.  But anyone that knows me, knows I don't run.  I got Ds for Physical Education - not for want of trying.  I am a spectator, not a participant.  Hmm, challenge.  That one little word.
I was in a department store yesterday when I noticed they had a sale on sports apparel and I decided that if I was going to tackle this challenge I would need some appropriate clothing - including a supportive bra to minimise the bounce (not exactly easy for a well endowed lady) - which is one of the reasons I don't run.  I can't remember the last time I bought a sports bra.  I don't think I have ever owned workout gear apart from tracky pants, and I don't think they count.  I figure if I'm going to look like an idiot (me trying to run), I may as well look semi-stylish while I'm at it.
I have printed the timeline found here but as suggested I will progress at the rate my body tells me to, so it will likely take me longer than 9 weeks because I am so out of form (read: about as unfit as you can get).
I have also subscribed to the podcasts by Robert Ullrey found here.  I can't vouch for the music on it but he also tells you when to run and when to walk according to the schedule.  This will be on my iPod while I'm out in the big wide world... looking like a semi-stylish idiot running the pavement.  Challenge: convince myself that no one cares what I look like or how uncoordinated I am, it's about what I will look like.

If you are like me and are overweight/obese, you have got to watch this video - so motivating!

My personal challenge is to be a better me.


  1. You go, Rachel! You can do it! It may be a challenge but if you really want it you CAN do it! This coming from me - living with post natal depression and 25 kilos over ideal weight. I am officially half way through C 2 5k and I, like you, never classed myself as a runner either but it is one of the best ways I'm managing to get through life at the moment. I have found I can deal with my girls (4 and 1 years) a LOT better and I'm so much happier just because of that let alone the achievement I'm getting from doing the program. I even look forward to my 3 days of running now!!! I don't run fast (a Cliffy Young shuffle most of the time!) but I am aiming to do at least 2 fun runs this year (1 that is a 6km run around lake Wendouree)
    Anyway, glad you are inspired to do this - you won't regret it! Thanks for including the inspirational video too - I had happy tears watching it! Good luck!
    Cheers, Fi

  2. Wow Rachel what a great challenge. I have never heard of it, but I've made a note to have a look... since I go to Curves I have some non-stylish work out clothes... so I will be needing an Ipod... its our wedding anniversary tomorrow so I might treat "us" to one LOL!!!
    I reckon its a great challenge!! Go for it!

  3. You are so funny :) I think the shopping is the exciting part of starting to get fitter too! I am right there with you with trying to get the motivation to get moving... maybe someone needs to dangle some new scrap supplies infront of us like a carrot ;D


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