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Ever since my friend Alicia told me about a program called "Couch to 5K," I've been intrigued and inspired by the concept. It's a workout plan designed to "transform you from couch potato to runner." It aims to help non-runners ease into fitness, so that in just two months they are able to run 5K (3.1 miles).
I love the idea, for several reasons. Among them:
--My favorite thing in the world is a good makeover story. So I can't get enough of Average Moms Wear Capes blogger Christie O's story of losing 40 pounds after starting Couch to 5K (and advancing to triathlons).
--I'm expecting a baby later this year, and the idea of returning to my old fitness regimen afterward is pretty daunting. But the Couch to 5K program sounds like something I can do. Here's Day One: Jog 30 seconds. Walk 90 seconds. Repeat. I could do that! And so could you, right?
--A recent issue of Fit Pregnancy magazine included this quote from reader Becky Frost: "After I had each of my two babies, I signed up for a half-marathon, trained for it and ran it about six months after giving birth." Ever since reading that, I've been inspired to try to do the same thing!
--I just learned my best friend Heather is doing the program, with an upcoming race later this summer. Go, Heather!
--And the real kicker... I was reviewing the blog stats for The Jill Dobson Show and I learned that one reader found my blog the following way: By googling the phrase "Jill Dobson Fat." Ouch!* The correct term for my condition is "pregnant," buddy. Give a girl a break!
You've heard the phrase "success is the best revenge," right? When I successfully cross the finish line in a 2012 half-marathon, that dude (we all know it's a guy, right?) can belly up to his computer, google "Jill Dobson FaSt" and wish he had it in him to run 13.1 miles!
But I digress. Couch to 5K is one of my Favorite Things because it gives people a realistic, step-by-step way to achieve something they might not have ever otherwise achieved. And that's awesome. Kudos to the plan's creators. And to everyone who's ever finished a 5K. And to retired Quincy High School cross-country coach Andy Parzych, who inspired me through many a 5K, and whose words are with me every time I gear up for a workout: "The hardest step is the step out the door." Thanks, Mr. P! I'll head out the door now!
*This is better, though, than the (ax-wielding?) reader who found my friend Ben Bowman's blog, The Boiling Point: A Journey in Improv, by googling "Benjamin Bowman Murder." That kinda puts being called fat in perspective... at least no one seems to be actively plotting my demise! (Note: I asked Ben's permission to share this story. He responded, "Feel free to use as you see fit. Unless you plan on murdering me. Then don't.") Love him!
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