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I found a C25K app on my Droid. That's Couch to 5K. It's a training program that take you from your couch to running a 5K in 8 weeks. We have about 12 weeks til the race, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to do some of the training weeks a couple of times.
We have found a wonderful trail, a short drive from our house. It's just over 2 miles long total, so will be good for us to use while we're here. It is very shady and has awesome views of the river. We walked the trail twice, once with our "regular" stroller which didn't like going over the gravel and bumps very well. And we walked it a second time with the new bike trailer converted to jogging stroller that we bought for just this purpose. It works much better.
Today was our first official C25K training day. We did a 5 minute warmup walk then 8 sets of jogging (here after I'll be calling it running) for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds. Then a 5 minute cool down, which was more like 10+ because it's and out and back trail and the extra little bit of walking does a body good.
It was very hard to get out of the house this morning. Hubby left for his 3 weeks of Annual Training at midnight, so we all slept in. Then I had a hard time getting everyone moving toward the door. I actually had a meltdown of my own. I beat my head against the freezer door - I really did I'm ashamed to say - and I cried. Big huge tears and sobs of frustration. I know I need to do this to be healthy - but it would have been so much easier to just let the girls play and watch tv, and all I was getting from my almost 11 year old was resistance.
Finally got in the van and moving and I apologized for my behavior and tried to explain what I was feeling.
After the run/walk we both felt quite triumphant. I'm proud that we're getting out and moving and that hopefully I'm showing Bug that running isn't all pain and agony and it can be enjoyable.
We're headed up to MI to my mom's house in a few days and we'll stay up there for a couple of weeks. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the 24/7 single parent life - again. My goal is to pick up and clean the house so when we come home it's welcoming and not the tragic chaos that is surrounding me now.
A bonus for travelling so much this summer, I justified the purchase and installation of a remote starter for the van because boarding the cat is so ridiculously expensive.
I feel bad for all of us that Hubby will be gone so much this summer. Bug has 87 days off from school. Hubby will only be home for 32 of them. That's way less than half. The bonus is that of those 32, he's taking 20 of them as leave, so we'll have him all to ourselves!
Well, off to be the house-slave and pick up, clean and orgainize. Bug is my anti-organizer. She follows me around and undoes all the "good" I do. Sigh.