Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Am Not A Runner (YET)

TRUE DAT

So I was on Facebook not too long ago, and my friend Lee posted that she was so excited to do The Color Run 5K. I had never heard of it, so I decided to Google it. I'm not sure what happened, but I immediately decided that I wanted to run it in 2013. It was like instant motivation for me, and it looked so fun.

It just looks like a complete blast and I want to do it. Maybe I can get three others to join with me and we can run as a team of four. I just think this is just what I need to get myself motivated.

As if the stars weren't aligning enough with a sudden burst of motivation, I sent out an email to my MOMS Club asking if anyone had a jogging stroller to give/sell me and I actually had someone email me and tell me that she had one for me! I was able to go today and pick it up and it's beautiful. It's a Jeep Music on the Move stroller and has a built-in speaker/iPod cord so I can listen to my music while out and about!


So then today, we were at an event and I was talking with some of the ladies about my decision/motivation to start the Couch to 5K and Pilar said she'd work with me and help me built up to being able to run a 5k! I'm so excited! I told her that I am VERY out of shape and it's going to take a while for me to get into the groove, but she said she and a few of the other ladies run and they started off very small too.
It's an official program where you can get a plan for running

I have an app similar to this for my iPhone. It let's me know when to run/walk/jog and plays my music for the intervals needed

I'm more motivated than ever before. I am not a runner. Yet. I hope to get myself into a groove and run with the ladies three times a week and then Steve wants to start walking after dinner at least three times a week... so between running and walking, I should be moving my behind seven days a week and I'm very excited about what can come from it.
 I ask for prayers as I start this new journey. Ultimately, I don't have a weigh goal, it's more of just feeling good. I want to not be out of breath, not be tired, and live a long life with Steve and Gus. I MUST lose weight... and while I'm sure that running isn't the answer to all the issues, it should at least help me burn calories and get me moving. As my dad says, "You can eat whatever you want (in moderation) if you're regularly exercising and burning calories."  :-)

As one last motivator for starting my metamorphosis into a runner, I bought myself a GOOD pair of running shoes. I did some research and looked at motion-controlled shoes for overweight women and found these:
Adidas Supernova Glide 4

Now I just need to get started!! I can't wait until I can say (with pride)... 

I
Am
A
Runner

18 comments:

Lee said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You go, girl! Also, look into Jeff Galloway's running program. I tried C25K and it didn't work for me. Galloway builds recovery into the run, so it's basically a run/walk method. I run for 2 minutes and walk for 1. I did a half marathon that way, and for the first 8 miles averaged a 12 minute mile! I don't feel as spent when I think in terms of intervals, and my body is much happier.

Ms. Boltjes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would totally do this with you...in a long distance sort of way....whoa lady not running long distance, just that we are currently long distance from each other and we could still do this at the same time. ;)

JoeTheMom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

YAy go Cathy!

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Triplet Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You can do it! So proud of you! I've decided running is nature's prozac...it has done wonders for me :)

Cat's Litterbox said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Lee
Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely check him out and see what he's all about. I like the idea of walking and running combined for a while to build up my stamina! Maybe next year we can do the Color Run together!

Cat's Litterbox said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Ms. Boltjes B- let's do it! Email me and we can discuss! catwalkerga@gmail.com

Cat's Litterbox said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@JoeTheMom Thanks Sara!!!

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@Triplet Mom Lacey- you're one of my inspirations. I said, "If Lacey can get out there and run and she's got TRIPLETS... there's no excuse that I can't try too!!" I think you're amazing and I'm proud of you too!!!

Kristen Black said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That is awesome Cathy! Good for you! I'm so excited for you!

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am so proud of you Cathy. Please keep up with this. You will live so much longer and that will be so good for both you and your family. I love you and will pray for you as you do this. I know you will accomplish your goal!

Heather aka Proud Mama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Remember each mile starts with a single step. I agree about Joe Galloway. I walked everyday when the kiddos war younger. I just pushed the two I had at the time, walked for 3-4 miles and ended at the park. They would eat breakfast while I walked. It preserved my sanity. It was also great for my body. You can do it. I am glad Steve is on board too. That really helps.

mb said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You ROCK!!! How exciting!!! I saw the color run too and it looks so fun! Can't wait to hear about your progress! :)

TTABaby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats!! I was inspired by my sister when she ran a full marathon!! The night before the race her coach told their team "pain is not linear" when it comes to running. The ache will go away and show up somewhere else so if you can remind yourself of that you can finish the race. I am not a "runner" but ran a half marathon w. my hubby. Having him as a training buddy helped because I never was motivated to leave the house but by the time we got home I always felt SO good! (well maybe not at first).

Let me know how the stroller works I'm thinking of getting hubby a jogger for fathers day and the Jeep strollers looked really nice!! :)

HAVE FUN!

Cat's Litterbox said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@mb Thanks Marcie!!!

Mrs. Shannon's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lee inspired me a few years ago with her dedication to working out and I started working out with weights and riding a programmable exercise bike. After I got started, I realized I wanted to be giving my body the right fuel for the efforts and did a high protein, low carb diet with it (which is what I know works for me). Before I knew it, I'd lost 65 pounds. When I started grad school, I couldn't keep the exercise up but I've maintained this weight loss for almost 3 years now. I'm getting motivated to find a way to start again and lose the next 45-50 that I'd like to lose :) Good luck with your efforts!

Mrs. Shannon's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha.. This is Denise Browning, btw aka Mrs. Shannon's Mom, apparently, with a blog I never ended up writing.

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