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This year I finally signed up for Beginner’s Luck which is a running class that helps you train for a 5k. I’ve wanted to take this class for a few years now but for various reasons I haven’t been able (see: surgery, job, etc). I’m going to document my progress in the blog and maybe even make a few videos as well.

I have tried doing the couch to 5k program a few times on my own but I end up giving up for various reasons. I like the idea of having a weekly session where we get to hear speakers and then work on our running. We have a workout plan to follow that includes running twice a week on our own so I’m going to have to schedule that in with my other workouts. I’m really excited about this opportunity!

I have thought about my goals for running and what I want to get from it. Overall I just want to accomplish running a 5k and I will be more than happy with that as a goal. I’ve done 5ks before but I’ve never ran one from start to finish without stopping to walk. I suppose if I really like it that I will train for a 10k and maybe a half marathon. I think doing a half marathon once would be good just to cross of a list of accomplishments but I’m not sure if I’ll want to do it more than once.

While I’m excited for the class to start I’m also nervous. I’m slow and I know I’m a beginner so I’m a bit worried about having to keep up with a group. I will push myself the best I can and that’s all I can do. I’ve talked to a few of my friends that have done the class before and they all have said it’s fun and supportive. I still have that flashback to junior high when I couldn’t run the mile and being so slow – something I really want to move past. Junior high was a long time ago and I have nothing to prove for that any more so I should let it go!

So the class starts tomorrow night and I will update you all after the first class!

So it turns out that today is National Running Day and I thought it would be good to post my feelings about running.

Running Path

I would love to be a runner. I dream of being one of those people that gets up early, drags out their precious running shoes and hits the pavement before doing anything else with the day. I think running would be awesome. I’m forever a dreamer and I hope someday I can make this dream come true.

Right now, running is not an option I have on the table. I am not¬†bio mechanically¬†designed to run, it appears. My feet have no arches and are prone to injury from just over walking. I still hold out hope though that someday, once the weight is off, once the surgery is over, that I will be able to start a Couch to 5k program. My goal was to run a 5k this year and right now I couldn’t easily walk one, not that I wouldn’t try and not that I don’t want to, it’s just too painful.

So instead, I rode my bike to work for National Running Day. (To be fair, I would have done that anyway, but it’s still something)

To all you runners out there – keep rocking on! Some day I hope to join you guys out there on the trails! Keep the light on for me!

Vital Stats

Name: Angela
Age: 36
Height: 5'8"
Total Weight Lost: 46lbs

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