As you are probably aware, KG and I took part in our first 5K the first weekend in December last year with her Girls on the Run team. What you may not be aware of is her desire to make this more a tradition in the new year. In response to this desire, KG and I have been scouring the web to find just the right race to meet our training needs. Since the last 5K, KG hasn’t really kept up with her running practice and I also need to work on my stamina when it comes to running. After some discussion, we’re going to start the Couch to 5K training this week with plans to run in the Clover Leaf 5K Run/2 mile walk in OC in March this year – the March date should give us plenty of time to acclimate our bodies with the extended amount of running we’ll be doing while also giving us a real date to work towards in our training. I don’t know about you, but I tend to work better once I have a goal date.
Why a 5K?
Why the 5K you ask? KG turns 10 this June and I am always looking for new ways to relate to and connect with my tween…running is something she truly enjoys doing and since it’s also a release for me, I’d like to find a way to incorporate it more into our lives. My reasons don’t only have to do with connections though, you see…I don’t know if you remember, but KG has had to work hard to be able to physically handle running. When she first joined Girls on the Run, I worried all the time that she would have a hard time breathing while she was running and to be honest she did have one time when it got a little scary for a minute; what I really saw over the 2 months KG was involved in this part running group/part self-awareness class was a real strengthening in her body, her lungs, and her confidence…and didn’t only stem from the great lessons or fabulous coaches (though they did play a huge part)…it came from finding her stride in running and pushing herself in a way she hadn’t done before.
I want to continue to stimulate that part of her and because running is something I also love, when my body is trained for it, I was quick to start looking for races for myself & KG and family fun run/walks for the entire family. One of our family resolutions for the year was to spend more time together as a family and combined with Jon & I’s desire to live healthier lives, I couldn’t think of a better way for us to enjoy several weekends a year…also, if we choose carefully, we can participate in races that benefit causes we believe in while also supporting our desire for health and togetherness.
KG and I went ahead and picked out a few races we are interested in running, in addition to the Clover Leaf 5K, which benefits a local park system, over the next several months and in the interest of accountability I wanted to share them with you as well:
- March: Clover Leaf 5K
- April: I haven’t found one for me and KG, but Jon and I are thinking about signing up to be zombies for the Zombie Run in Louisville.
- May: Throo the Zoo @ the Louisville Zoo
I officially started the C25K training Monday and KG starts up next week (I wanted to make sure I was a week ahead before she got started)…of course I’ll be running with her as well, so it should be double the bang for my buck I suppose. Heh. One of the things I’ve been struggling with most is trying to find a way to fuel my body without breaking our budget, so I tend to make up recipes whenever possible to try to find ways to use ingredients I already have on hand. This week we had some strawberries, blue berries, and Greek yogurt left over from our recent Costco trip so after my work out Saturday, I threw those in the blender with two scoops of my protein mix and about 8 ounces of milk, then proceeded to blend it really well. The mixture was still really thick so I poured about three-fourths of it into some Mason jars I had laying around the kitchen and through them in the freezer – thirty minutes later (just long enough for a nice cool down yoga dvd) I had creamy “ice cream” that was really good! I added a little bit more milk to the other 1/4th I had left and Jon drank it for an after workout smoothie. Apparently, it was quite tasty.
Here it is in smoothie form.
This week I’ll be repeating the first week of the Couch to 5K with KG and trying to focus on my breathing since that’s where I tend to fall behind. Speaking of falling behind, I’ve made it clear to KG that it’s not about how fast we complete the 5Ks, simply that we do complete them.