Well in my mind I’m famous…. I got to cross off something on my goals list. “Be in the Newspaper”… I thought I might be featured the local St. Louis newspaper one day, but I never imagined that I would touch people in other countries. One of my readers who is also a Couch to 5k runner wrote a Canadian newspaper article about my blog and my podcasts. I was so shocked and honored. I don’t know where the link is to the article, so I just put the text here for you guys to read. Enjoy.
Running into Shape
By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
Psst! I have a secret to share…exercising on a regular bases really, truly works!
I can’t believe it. What is with the huge diet industries’ shakes, pills, nips and tucks, up then down then back up again craziness that is pushed on a daily bases through advertisements to everyone within reach of a magazine, remote control or mouse pad?
They make you believe that weight loss is a magic formula that you cannot possibly achieve on your own.
I am down 15 pounds (insert cheers here) and feel fantastic. In exchange for these pounds of fat I just have to get moving for 30 minutes three times a week.
Lately I have been doing what I never ever thought I would do before and that is jogging.
Actually it is more wogging at this point, as it is not completely jogging.
I am on week four of a nine-week program that is called couch to 5k.
In nine weeks it turns you from a couch potato (me) into a runner who can easily run 5k in 25 minutes without absolutely dying or causing injury to yourself.
There are a few reasons why I really like this program.
One, I’ve already lost weight four weeks in and can see a bit of shape emerging from the jelly (I don’t think your ready for this jelly-Bootylicious song in week three podcast).
Two, there are a huge assortment of podcasts for the couch to 5k program that has killer music to keep you upbeat and going.
I like to download podcasts from carlifierce.com because the music fits perfectly my mood while running and changes every week, just to stir it up a bit.
O.K. so basically the program will start the first week with a five-minute warm-up of brisk (no strolling) walking. Suddenly a voice will break through the beats of the podcast to let you know it’s time for a 90 second run. Then again for a two-minute walk. It will progress this way until 20 minutes have passed and then a five-minute cool down period.
The next week will up your pace a bit so that its three minutes walking, three minutes jogging, 90 seconds walking, 90 seconds jogging.
Intervals are the name of the game for this until you’ve worked yourself up to 5k without missing a beat.
I mostly do this alone but lately have been wogging (walk-jogging) with a friend. We synchronize our podcasts right before we leave (I know…such nerds) and away we go.
I thought I’d go easy on her and go back to week one but she turned out kicking my but because her long legs made my pace twice as quick as it was. She ran with the grace of a gazelle while I felt like the chubby three year old trying to keep up with daddy. I was sweaty and sore and felt I couldn’t possibly continue to the end, but I did and felt fantastic.
There really is something to the endorphins and exercising connection. It’s a very annoying thing to run into when you are not exercising (you know the peppy hand clapping girl you just want to shove into the mud). But I do feel great the rest of the day and even (gasp) look forward to the next run. (Feel free to push me into the mud if I get too peppy and annoying).
The thing is anyone can do this. It doesn’t take a fancy gym or any special equipment. We all have the ability to run, a good pair of shoes and for the girls a good bra is all you need to get going.
Lets hope the scales keep dropping their numbers as I feel great and get running into shape.