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Here We Go Again….. October 30, 2008

Filed under: Couch to 5K Program — Jess @ 5:07 pm

Okay so remember like TWO MONTHS AGO when I decided to become a marathon runner?? And then I did too much too soon with crappy shoes and gave myself shin splints so I couldn’t walk anymore?? Do you remember that? Well, I do. And if you don’t, go here to educate yourself, then come back and read this post.

Well, I am happy to announce that —Monday I ran.

Did you read that…I RAN!

I had no pain whatsoever. NO PAIN IN THE LEGS FOLKS!

I did what the doc said–took it easy and got new shoes (oh was that hard!!–the taking it easy, not the getting new shoes).

I’m so glad to be back on track, well sort of back on track, you know what I mean. It feels good to be doing something good and challenging for my body.

Can I just say that whoa it’s stinking cold here in Michigan? My legs didn’t hurt while I was running, but my lungs sure did from that cold air! And oh my was it windy. But I did it.

I. did. it.

Stay tuned….in 9 short weeks I should be able to run 5K. And then who knows where I’ll go from there!

Don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated.

Now to get back on track with that 100 push-up challenge……


Update September 8, 2008

Filed under: Couch to 5K Program,Miscellaneous,Push-up Challenge — Jess @ 1:53 am

Went to the doc (different one!) yesterday. I have shin splints. They prescribed me an NSAID (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug), which is much kinder to my poor little Red-Haired Girls belly. It’s nice too because I only have to take it twice a day rather than every six hours or whatever. They suggested I wrap my arches to help support them and to get new running shoes (the cause of my shin splints!).

Today my swelling is down some–thanks to the NSAID, and I am having much less pain–thanks to the wrapped arches. YAY! I’m not allowed to exercise at all for the next two weeks (at least). Then I am to start slooooowly with some walking which I can work up to running as it feels right. I’m definetely going to go slower this time.

Now I just have to find the money to buy some new running shoes! =) Donations welcome! **wink**


So I fell off the face of the earth….. September 6, 2008

Filed under: Couch to 5K Program,Miscellaneous,Push-up Challenge — Jess @ 1:32 pm

Because I hurt myself. Badly. Did something to both my legs while running last week Wednesday. Right below my knees, like where the leg connects to the knee on the inside part of the leg. Went to the med-center on Wednesday this week because the pain is so intense I can hardly walk. Doc said nothing was wrong with me, but he did x-rays anyways. Nothing. All going to the doc accomplished was giving both the kids a cold. So, here I am popping pain pills like they’re going out of style, which upsets Red-Haired Girl’s tummy, so then I have a cranky baby with a cold. Oh yes life is fun right now. Oh and my legs keep swelling more, and hurting more no matter how much Motrin600 or Tylenol with codeine I take. Did I mention that it hurts…a lot?

Monday I’m going to find a real doc and get this figured out. I can’t keep going on like this.

A good thing that happened….The Handsome Hunk got promoted! YAY! Maybe now we can get our phone turned back on. Bah!

Oh and needless to say the C25K is on hold, as is the Push-up Challenge.


C25K Day Two August 28, 2008

Filed under: Couch to 5K Program — Jess @ 1:00 pm

Yesterday was my second day of the C25K program. It was a lot easier than Monday. I guess that means I’m getting into shape??

I did find this great website it has music mixes specifically for this program—It’s called Podrunner Intervals. It’s all techno type stuff, but it really gets you going. It’s free too, which is always a bonus!! You can download them and put them on your Ipod or Mp3. The part I like best is there is a chime that sounds when it is time to walk or run so you’re not looking at your clock the whole time. I think that makes it easier to run. It also has specific bpm (beats per minute) tailored to walking or running. There’s also just a Podrunner for those who just run and you can find music that meets your own bpm. It’s just the neatest thing! If you’re a runner please check it out, here.

I did have a bug incident. As I was running something kept tickling my ear. I thought it was just my hair, so I kept flicking it out of the way and kept running (hard to concentrate on anything else besides gasping for breath). So, when I got to the walking bit I still had something bothering my ear. So, after flicking my hair and nothing happening, I finally pulled the headphone out of my ear and lo and behold there was a HUGE BUG on it. I’m glad I had the headphone in my ear or the bug would have crawled in there *shudders*. It completely creeps me out to even think about it!

In other exciting news I’ve lost a pound since Monday. WOO HOO!

C25k Day One


C25K Day One August 26, 2008

Filed under: Couch to 5K Program — Jess @ 1:23 pm

I’m becoming quite athletic these days. I love pushing my body and seeing what it can do. That said, I’m embarking on a new adventure which I will chronicle for all of you (C’mon you know you love it!). It’s good for me too, I get the whole wide web as my accountability partner!

I am going to do the Couch to 5K program (Known in running circles as C25K). It’s a 9-week program. You can go here to read about it. I also joined a running group near here–The White Lake Runners Group. It’s a group of 6 mom’s who all run and support each other. It’s great, I’m looking forward to meeting them face-to-face soon. Maybe I’ll actually make some friends here in Muskegon, finally.

So here we go….DAY ONE OF C25K

I did my first run/walk last night. It was hard, but not too hard. I mean it totally kicked my butt, but I didn’t collapse in a heap afterward. If you live in North Muskegon you might have seen me, I was the chunky lady in the yellow shirt huffing around the Veteran’s Memorial Park at (in? by? around?) the Causeway.

I must say that running in such a public place really makes you try a lot harder. I found myself running faster and pretending to appear as if I was a veteran runner (HA!). I am hoping to find a better place to run, but for now it works. It’s really sunny there, so I was super hot even though it was 5 in the evening. Some of you may be wondering why I would drive somewhere to run instead of just running from our house, well I will tell you. I do not feel safe running down Holton Road/M-120. People drive like maniacs down our road and I have this very selfish ambition—I want to know my grandchildren. Call me crazy (or smart?), but I’m not running on Holton Road.

Today my legs aren’t too sore, thankfully. I mean they’re sore but not so that I can’t move or something. My arms however are a different story thanks to my other endevore.

I have two more workouts left for this week. I’ll let you know how they go!