It’s INSANE to think that about seven months ago I was the very definition of “couch potato”. I mean, I didn’t want to do anything physical and running certainly wasn’t high on my list at all. I had tried it before and didn’t like it. I watch my wife complete marathons and such, and I just sat there like a bump on a log.
Then along came my good friend Random Esquire. Back in March, we had a conversation that kicked off an agreement. Basically, we would do our best to motivate each other to train with the Couch-to-5K app and then run our own 5K in May or June: less than 4 months later. Here’s how the conversation went:
RANDOM ESQUIRE — “Okay…..
We can’t run worth sh*t.
But we’re going to try. Together.
I have knee issues so I’m always quitting.
Want to try Couch to 5K with me?
Because I’m freakin’ out of shape, my friend.”
CBG – “Neither one of us can run, apparently, but I’m all about trying to get in better shape. So yeah…I’ve got Couch to 5K on my iPhone. I’m willing to start that up again.”
“If you can keep me going, it’d be transformative for me because I have GOT to get into shape and I’m fighting it tooth and nail. We gotta keep each other going.”
“I’m in the exact same boat. I’m almost as large now as I was at my heaviest…and that was when I was going through depression.”
“We’ll touch base with each other every day about our run/workout. We have an extra month to play with, so that helps us.”
“Wow…we’re really gonna do this, are we?”
“Yeah, we need to. We both need to. And I don’t want to do it with someone who is already running miles and miles. Because then I just get bummed out.But we’re about at the same place so we can motivate each other.”
“Okay. Consider me 100% in!”
We both completed that accomplishment. We were both high off of our runs to the point that Random asked me if I would ever be interested in a 10K. “HELL NO”, I said. There was no way I could ever imagine myself doing that…I could barely complete a 5K! So Random stopped running (knee issues) but continued to work out at the gym while I continued to occasionally run a couple times per week just to ensure I wasn’t sitting on the couch ALL the time.
My wife asked me in August if she should try to run a marathon again…
SUNSHINE – “I dunno. I’m going through the whole, “Will I or I won’t I actually do this?” thing. Sometimes when I think about running another marathon I feel very, very tired. But then when I think about never running another one, I will end up regretting it someday when running marathons isn’t an option anymore.”
CBG – “I’m down for running another 5K. Hell…I’d even consider a 10K if you were to run a full marathon.
How’s THAT for motivation??
Little did I realize that I would end up having to actually follow-through on those words.
And it wasn’t like I *HAD* to do it or anything…it was a matter of me saying that I would and then following through on it. What kind of a jerk would I be if I talked my wife into running a marathon only to back out of my own 10K?
No, I had to do it.
So I trained throughout September. I didn’t train as much as I should have, but I did train. I ran 5K, then I ran 7K, then I did 4K before doing 8.5K. I was all over the place. Most mornings I’d just go out and run a quick 3K because I was lazy and told myself that 3K was better than nothing (it is…but it wasn’t helping me train for 10K).
We realized, however, that timing and finances would prevent us from registering for an official event and participating. Sunshine relegated herself to no longer training for the marathon, but I decided to keep training for the 10K. I mean, why would I need to be part of an official race to actually complete my mission?
When I did my 8.5K, I realized that I could do 10K. It wouldn’t be easy, but it was totally do-able. So I decided that Monday, being the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, would be “the day”. I planned out my route ahead of time and had everything ready to go in terms of gear. I was a little nervous, but my wife was extremely encouraging. I mean heck…of course I could do this!
So at 8:20am on Monday morning, off I went.
Part Two is tomorrow…