Can I be super honest for a minute? All last year I totally lost track of taking care of myself. I started going to the gym in January, but there wasn’t anything motivating me to stick with a fitness routine. Between working 2 jobs and trying to hold down the fort while John was working and going to school (and doing his share of fort-holding-down, too!), taking care of me just… stopped happening.
A few weeks ago a friend asked if I wanted to sign up for a local run with her. Finally, the motivation I’ve been needing! With an enthusiastic “yes”, I jumped on to the website to register for the Aloha Run this upcoming September.
The Aloha Run has 2 options: a 5K run/walk or a 10K run. I’ve run a few 5Ks in the past. In fact, Logan and I finished a 5K when I was pregnant with twins. I didn’t run at all, and probably didn’t even jog very much. It was totally manageable event for this expectant mother of multiples! Chances are I could do pretty well jog/walking 3.1 miles right now even with little to no training. The 10K suits me better because it’s more of a challenge. Plus now that I’ve told all of you that I’m going to run it, I have to finish!
How I’m Training for a 10K
It’s a little intimidating to me to think about running 6 miles. So far I can
run jog approximately 8 blocks. Give or take an acre. 😉 I’ve always heard good reviews about the “Couch to 5K” program so I downloaded the free app for the 10K trainer. It sets you on a running/walking interval plan that has you ready for a 10K in 14 weeks. It keeps track of the time and gives you an alert when it’s time to switch from running and walking. Since I’m starting from practically the activity level of a sloth, I’ve got some work ahead of me!
Before the twins, I was in really good shape. John and I used to swim, hike, rock climb, snow board… We sure were cool people before we had a bunch of kids! Even after the twins were born I was still active and wayyyy under my current weight. This is my mom and I hiking in Torrey Pines State Park with 3-month-old twin babies.
The last few years I’ve been slowly putting on weight and getting more and more out of shape. It’s time to start making changes and stop making excuses. Hopefully this 10K will help me get my rear in gear. If I blow it, you have my permission to call me out for being a quitter. I run at 5:30 a.m. so I can be back before the kids are up, and some days I just don’t wanna get up at the crack of dawn. I’m sure you understand. 🙂 If you’re on Instagram, I usually post my training updates in the stories. Feel free to share your best 10K training advice below!