Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Couch to 5K

I've been meaning to update my blog for several days now and just can't ever seem to find the time to just sit and type.



A week or so ago I was watching TV, it was late, I was in my bedroom lying on my bed. A show ccame on about the one ton man, he was lying face down on his bed because that was the only way he could breath. The firemen had to take out a wall to get him out of the house and to the hospital. I was thinking to myself, how in the world can someone let themselves get to that point and then I caught my reflection in the TV screen. There I was lying on my stomach, just like the one ton man. So I got up and did a few jumping jacks to remind myself that I could still move and be active.



The next day I was on Ravelry, talking to one of my friends and she told me about Couch to 5K. It's a plan to get yourself off the couch and doing a 5K race in 2 months. If you've read my blog, I'm sure I've mentioned how much I absolutely hate exercise and don't understand how people can say they are addicted to running or weight lifting. But, I remembered how proud I was of my sister when she started running years ago. I was proud and jealous at the same time, I so wanted to be a runner, but I always made excuses about my knees (yes, my knees do hurt and crack and make it really hard to jog) but I know if I were to lose some of the weight, they might not hurt as bad.



So I recruited my sister to join me in the couch to 5K. I've got a goal! My goal is to walk/jog/run the Tulsa Full Moon Run on May 9th. I might not be able to run or jog the entire 5K by then but I'll finish it. We started our "training" last week and we walked the trail at the lake it's a little over a mile. It's a hilly little trail and it's really hard for me to walk and talk at the same time without being so out of breath. The shin splints finally went away. We drove 2 cars and parked them at opposite ends of the lake and walked to one car and drove back to the other car. We will continue this routine this week and then next week, we will walk from one end to the other and back again to the car. After we are able to do that for a few days I think I'll be ready to start adding some jogging into the mix.



Remember a paragraph or two back when I said I hated exercise. Well, last night I didn't get to go to the lake with my sister for our walk and I really missed it. Chelsea's neurologist appointment was last night. She's been on the Topamax for 1 month and no freaky side effects which is really good. The dr asked how she was doing and said "Okay, I'll see you in 6 months." and that was it.



On the knitting front: The girls and I started up our Thursday night knitting night again. After Survivor ended last season we tried to switch to Tuesday nights, but that just wasn't working for us. I think we only met 2 times since Thanksgiving. Since the new season of Survivor started last Thursday, we met up again. Michelle ordered pizza, Rita invited her cousin Pam to join us. She's a brand new knitter, never held needles in her life. She did really good, we started her on a dishcloth. I'm working on my TASK squares and still have a few to finish. I was having so much trouble with them and the gauge. Who would have thought that knitting a 12" square would be so hard. But, I found a great way to finish them up. The log cabin pattern is really working out great and it's easy to stay on gauge. I've promised myself that I will get them all finished and mailed out before I start a new project. My new project that I'm wanting to get going on is the Barn-Raising Quilt which is a bunch a squares. I'm not real excited about knitting squares again, but at least they have a pattern and they are with sock yarn which is so much fun for me to knit with.

Here's a couple of pictures of the Barn-Raising Quilt that others have made. Aren't they pretty?

I love this blanket, I think it will be a late wedding present for my daughter Chelsea. Yep, she getting married in less than 4 weeks and we are no where near ready for the big day. I've planned to take off on the 12th and 13th just to finish up the last little details.

7 comments:

lunaticraft said...

Oh man, how weird! I just got home from the gym when I read this, where I had been training for my own couch to 5k! I haven't really announced it on my blog yet, since the race is a bit farther away than yours (Sept, with a 2 mile in March). So good luck! And I'll be struggling along with you! =D

P.S. - I really love that blanket pattern. So pretty. But I think I've said that before!

lara griffiths said...

wow- good luck with 5k! how very inspiring (even though as i type this my head is filling up with excuses)
:)

Lupie said...

5k!!!! I couldn't do 0.000005k!
The blanket is amazingly beautiful.

knit4ever said...

Love to hear that the neuro said see you in 6 months!

The blanket is beautiful, I need to fav that.

Good luck on the 5K. I am a slacker!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Your blanket is stunning:)((((Hugs)))) Darcy

anne said...

i used the couch to 5 k to get started last winter and used it on and off all year and have run three of them now, and have a goal of running 12 before september...you motivated me to go do my run tonight instead of just doing yoga :)

that blanket is beautiful! it makes me want to make one for our house

anne said...

i used the couch to 5 k to get started last winter and used it on and off all year and have run three of them now, and have a goal of running 12 before september...you motivated me to go do my run tonight instead of just doing yoga :)

that blanket is beautiful! it makes me want to make one for our house