What is Happening to me?


Well I’ve gone and done it now. I’ve signed up for a 5K in July. What was I thinking?! First of all, July in Minnesota is HOT. Secondly, a 5K is about three miles and I can’t even run around the block. Thirdly, at my age? Fourthly, did I mention July’s hot weather, I don’t run or jog, and I’m almost closer to 60 that 50? Oy vay.

The 5K I signed up for is The Color Run | Minnesota. The run will be in over 100 cities across the USA. The first run is today down in Florida and the last race is November 2 in Little Rock, Arkansas. To find a city near you check here. The run supports a charity. The Minnesota charity is Open your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. Check out this fun video of race highlights:

As of today I have 27 weeks to prepare. Theoretically, it sounds like enough time even for a couch potato like me. So where does one start? You download an App! My choice, C25K Pro Guy Hoffman. It takes you from the couch to a 5K in nine weeks. Three days a week it takes you through timed walking/jogging intervals. I’m doing this on the treadmill because it is not the time of year to be out doing this outside.

I also popped for a pair of ASICS Gel-Kayano 18 Running Shoes in pink.

ASICS Women's GEL-Kayano 18 Running Shoes

ASICS Women’s GEL-Kayano 18 Running Shoes

So now I have a goal with a date, a plan to get there, and shoes! Are you doing anything crazy?

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22 responses to “What is Happening to me?

  1. Woohoo! I’m rooting for you. I’ve given this a thought before, but it was fleeting and my senses returned. 😉 I know you can do it and look forward to your progress. Maybe you will inspire some of us.

  2. i’m sure you won’t have any problem finishing the 5K, and depending on your time goal, it could be easy or very difficult. It sounds like I’m about the same age and I can barely spell “run”. The C25K is a good program though I’ve never tried the App. Hint, don’t rush and try to skip ahead…

  3. Richard – this is when I wish there was a like button for comments! Foolish indeed.

  4. Good for you Pam. It is easier than you think. I did my first 5k with Meg last year and was surprised when I ran most of it. I am used to just walking fast. Slow jogs are easier than running. Pace yourself and have fun.

  5. You will get there!!! Love the pink sneaks. I hope the app works! 27 weeks is a significant amount of time, you can do this!

  6. Way to go, girl. In a manner of speaking… I also started my daily walks with the purchase of new walking shoes. Good plan!

  7. Good for you … we believe in you!! A friend of mine is doing the Jacksonville, Florida run … she’s really pumped for it : )

  8. Pam, I think this is fantastic! Good for you, not only for going for it, but giving yourself enough time to build up safely and sensibly! Kudos!

  9. Impressive! The only way I could do 5k is on a motorcycle. 🙂

  10. I have been thinking of signing up for the MPLS color run too! I will have to try to meet you! You can do it. !

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