The Perfect 5K Race for an Artist - Part 1

Posted on June 04, 2015 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

RUN.  It’s funny how one little word made me go numb all over.
   “It’ll be easy,” Allison, my buyer, my step-daughter, and now ringleader of this appalling idea. “It’s just a 5K.”
   Easy? Just 4,978 steps herded along a mass of people at an ungodly hour in the morning through the sweltering August heat.
  “Here,” she rattled on, clicking and printing off the internet. “It’s Couch to 5k training in just nine weeks. Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be running with us easily.”
   There was that word again – easy.

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.


   A walk-jog PDF form glared at me, graphed into progressive three times a week work-outs. I hadn’t even put on gym shoes and already I was clutching my chest and feeling a dry-heave emerge. August 1 was exactly nine weeks away.
   By now you may have guessed I’m not a runner. I walk fast and jog the stairs at the shop daily, but run, no way … it’s hot, I sweat, and worst of all, my thigh muscles ache so badly from pounding the pavement it’s painful every time I squat to use the restroom.
  “Lilly already said she’d run the race,” Allison rambled on, mentioning my seven-year-old granddaughter.
   Was this a dare?
   “Lilly asked if you’d do the Color Run, too,” she added.
    Oh no! This was a dreaded double-dare! But my heart melted for my granddaughter. I said, “Yes, I'd run.”
    What have I done? One walk-jog exercise workout down, 26 to go! Misery loves company. Join me? Oe maybe catch the next blog post for the rest of the story.

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