Friday, May 7, 2010

Couch to Runner in 20 weeks

I finally finished what I started many many months ago, 4 to be exact.
Yes me, I went from sitting on the couch to running my First 10k this past Sunday, all thanks to the 13-week walk/run plan.
I'd like to take you back to my very first post, running for for 1min and 30sec and walking 3minutes repeating 9 times was a struggle. Can you believe that ... a struggle, now that just seems silly I ran 10k and felt great the whole time. 

Many times I wanted to call it quits, many times I had to repeat session, many times I didn't think I could do it. 

Sometime I had Ankle Pain, sometimes I had Shin Pain, sometimes there was calf pain and then there were Shin Splints, which made me take 2 weeks of running.

Since I took up running in midst of the Canadian Winter running was done on the treadmill 3 times a week.
Runs were squeezed in after coming home from work before making dinner for the Family or even late at night. 
Once Spring came around I took my running outside and made a new running friend Dennis (aka Garmin), which helped me track my km's, pace, time and even Calories burned.
There were even some lunch time runs and early morning runs. 

I have discovered so many running blogs and healthy living blogs and have made many friends and I am so grateful for each and everyone of you. I have learn so much from all of you and received to much support. 

Many times I wondered if this day would ever come, was I meant to be a runner? 
Or is this just not me? I have NEVER ever been a physical person why would I NOW at 37 become a runner?  

I am proof that this plans works, IF I can learn how to run anyone can. 
In a later post I will go over the plan I followed and outline all the things that have taken me from a walker to a runner. 

in 4 months I have:
  • gone from walker to runner 
  • lost a total of 17lbs 
  • went from a size 8 jeans to a size 4 
  • went down 2 bra sizes 
 taken December 30th, 2009
taken May 2nd, 2010 


Running Diva Mom said...

Yeah -- let me be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS for all that you've done. Now you've proved that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!!! You look phenomenal!! I htink you looked great before, though. What a great transformation and journey in four short months. Now enjoy the warm weather and flaunting it off in cute shorts, running skirts and tank tops!!!!!!!

ajh said...

Great job! Glad you are feeling so good about yourself!!

Stacy L said...

You look HOT momma!! Congratulations on all that you've accomplished. You must be SO proud of yourself. So what's next...a half marathon, lol!!

Kelly said...

How inspiring! said...

Ooooh I love before and after photos, especially when you are wearing the same shirt. What a beautiful accomplishment. You DO look fantastic physically, but what I really bet the biggest difference is how you feel. congratulations. I'll continue to follow you to see what's next (does it start with an M?) :)

Marlene said...

Congratulations on your success! You've come a long way! And you look FANTASTIC!

Marlene said...

Congratulations on your success! You've come a long way! And you look FANTASTIC!

Jess said...

Aside from the fact that you look absolutely FANTASTIC, I'm super proud of you. It's not that you went from a non-runner to a runner, it's that you found your inner runner and overcame a HUGE mental block. I'm serious! Running is a huge mental victory and that takes GUTS and determination :) So keep it up!

I can't wait to run my 10K (and then the Half). You should hang that medal up. I would!

freak4fitness said...

WOW at the before & after pic!!!! Congratulations, you look amazing! Way to go on getting that 10k!
I think the transformation of the body from running is amazing. You're living proof! Way to stick to it through the pain, the negative thoughts, it paid off.

Anne said... look amazing!!

I love that our journey's are so similar :)

I hope the knee pain is all gone...are you planning on doing a half-marathon next?

anurag said...

Hey!! Congrats!! I must say, very inspiring post....keep up the good work and good luck on your next run.

destination262 said...

WOW! Congrats on your amazing progress in the past 4 months! You look great. How awesome to look back to day 1 and really see your accomplishments. CONGRATS!!!

Jill said...

Wow, you look amazing, congratulations on an incredible accomplishment!!! Keep up the great work, you're a true inspiration!!! :)