Running again

June 18th, 2013


Last night I couldn’t sleep and I was suddenly hit with the running bug. I used to run a bit in college thanks to a friend who loved to get out jogging. I even did a 5K which is kind of a big deal for me. 5 or so years ago, I picked it up again doing the c25k program and it really changed my life. After finishing the program I could run long distances without resting. The idea of running a mile or 3 was fun, not stressful. I never thought in my whole life that I would actually like running.

When I moved to San Francisco, I was running 3-4+ miles nearly everyday. I ran through the city, through golden gate park, to the beach. It was so fun to run around the city. But then I hurt my foot, and I had to stop for 3 weeks. Well by the time I stopped, I really couldn’t get the motivation to start again. I was busy planning a wedding, and I just didn’t feel like I had the time. I kept it up a little bit, but no longer considered myself a runner. Fast forward a year and I got pregnant with my first. I don’t know how women exercise through their pregnancies, but I am not THAT woman. I was so exhausted, it was all I could do to get out of bed. I was working full time – from bed – and that was about all I did most days. And thats really how I lost my running bug. I had my first baby, and was too busy again. Then about the time where the newborn fog wore off, I got pregnant again, and was exhausted again.

Now my baby #2 is 7 months old. I have energy again, I get to sleep all night, we’re mostly settled from our move, and I feel like I have a handle on my work schedule right now. I have no excuses. Last night I downloaded some music, and a c25k coaching app. And this morning I headed out for my first run.

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Not bad for nearly 3 years of NOT running. Of course I could barely move afterwards. I love the c25k program because you run in smaller increments, and then work up to longer times, and then faster speeds. I also like how it’s a focus on time and not distance.

Anyway, I’m posting this to help keep me motivated through the program, and hopefully to motivate someone out there too! You can run, and you can like running. Just get started – take the first steps and go for it. You’ll feel better, have more energy and focus, and if your a mom like me, enjoy a few minutes of “me time”.

Anyone want to get started with me on the c25k program?

8 responses to “Running again”

  1. Jane says:

    Hi Jen
    I just started c25k for the first time ever a couple of weeks ago. Today I completed wk3day2.

    I have NEVER run in my life but I really wanted to give it a go & I love the way I feel when I’m done: proud, amazed & with more energy. I am not fast, but each time I get through a run I am so proud of myself for having done it that it motivates me for the next time.

    Good to know that it has worked for you before. Who knows – maybe I’ll even enjoy the “during” not just the “after” when I’m done?! Best of luck – I’ll be checking back for your progress.

  2. julia says:

    i’ll start next year? haha

  3. Bethany says:

    I just downloaded the app and am inspired to go for it !

  4. Bethany says:

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  5. Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I had never heard of c25k before you wrote about it and I just completed my second day of training. I am definitely not a runner, but I love the way I am being eased into the exercise. I am inspired! Thanks again!

  6. libbywilko says:

    Great inspiration Jen… Makes me think I might be able to do it….

  7. Jen Allyson says:

    Libby you can totally do it!! Really I haven’t worked out in nearly 3 years, and I have no problem following the prompts. Completely do-able!

  8. Jen Allyson says:

    Catherine – I am so happy that I was able to make a difference in your life!! Thats why I wrote this post – to hopefully inspire others to take a step in the right direction – and to motivate myself to keep going!

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