Some of you may be aware and some of you may not be, but in January I started the "Couch to 5k" program. Jenna Sanders posted on Facebook that she was thinking about signing up for the Fort for Fitness in september and for some reason I signed April and I up for it as well and began planning out my training.
This year is the 5th annual Fort For Fitness which encourages folks in the Fort Wayne area to focus on one thing they can change in their lives to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. The event that we signed up for is the 4 mile run/walk, but there is also a 10K, a half marathon, and a kids marathon.
So with that said, knowing Newton's First Law of Motion that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and aware that if I don't force my body into motion, my body will never start moving so I made the call to start my running training early January instead of waiting until it was warmer. All of my training has been outdoors in snow, fog, sun, and some light rain and I've not been an indoor treadmill sort of person. I also think the colder weather helped me out as I did not become a massive pool of sweat.
The start-up was easier than I thought, however with work schedules, weather, and life's appointments, I decided to get up early (like 4am) and run in the dark most days on a somewhat lighted country road. Things were progressing well and I completed week 5 of the 9 week training and then I stepped into a pot hole and put a descent sprain on my ankle. That took me out of action for just over a month to heal to the point that I could put pressure on it.
So in March, when I resumed my running I decided to skip going back to the couch to 5K program since I was 2/3rds of the way through it anyways. I've finally worked the distance up to 5K and can complete a 5K with little to no walking. My current plan is to run in a 5K race in June, July, August, and 4M for Fort for Fitness in September. Beyond that I haven't really looked out too much. However, that is not bad for a guy that used to be out of breath going up one flight of stairs.
I've been keeping track of some times and distances and I keep making improvements every month.
January: I ran 25.74 miles with an average pace of 14:21/mile February: I ran 4.33 miles and then I sprained my ankle March: I ran 20.7 miles with an average pace of 13:23/mile April: I ran 27.14 miles with an average pace of 11:53/mile
I've dropped 2:28 per mile off my average pace since I first started, but I'd like to get my average down by July to 10:01/mile which would put me at a 31:04 for a 5K. That is about 5 minutes less than what I'm currently doing in the past couple two weeks.
All in all I'm feeling pretty good about my progress and plan to keep it up and have some fun goals for next year like racing in the Run for your Life 5K (www.runforyourlife.com) and others races.