Monday, March 26, 2012

Up To Speed

Since I "officially" started my "training" 2 weeks ago, I thought I would catch you guys up on how things are going, what I've been doing, etc.

A new fitness center opened at Fowler Park, a local parks and rec department near our house.  After researching the membership fees, we decided that it would be more affordable than a monthly gym membership and joined up.  It's nothing fancy, but it's got the equipment that we want and need to use to do our strength conditioning with.  I have been making an effort to go 2-3 times a week after work and, so far, I have stuck with it.

Since my first BIG goal is to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon next February, I set a few smaller goals for myself.  First things first - to run a 5K.  In high school, I ran the 1600m...but that was over ten years ago.  So...some training is in order.  A few of the 409 ladies have used a variety of different iPhone/Droid apps for the Couch to 5K training, so that's where I decided to start.  I chose to download the one from Zen Lab.  I really like this one as you can play music from iTunes in the background and she (the voice from the app) tells you verbally when to start running, start walking, and even when you're halfway done.  So far, I have completed Week Two, Day Two, and plan to do Week Two, Day Three today after work.

Speaking of 5K's....I am officially signed up for my first one!  It's called The Boulder Dash and it will take place on Saturday, April 28th, in Cumming.  The race starts in the hospital parking lot and ends with a run through the quarry (shouldn't it end in the hospital parking lot?)  Jason's company is one of the sponsors so he'll be cheering me on at the finish line.  My friend, Sharon, is training with me and will be running the 5K as well.

I think that's about all the excitement I have to share from the past two weeks.  Stay tuned!



  1. Go Jen! Proud of you, woman. Looking forward to the 5K (and the inevitable celebration to follow that day/evening.) :D

  2. Hey Jen, I have decided as well that i want to run a half marathon, and what a better way to do your first one than at Disney! I am a beginnger runner, and am taking some notes from you. I am glad to have stumbled upon your blog! Good luck and Happy Running!!

    1. Aw thanks Stephanie! I hope I don't disappoint you! So happy to hear that you're getting into running...I'm dipping my toes back into it and so far am loving it :) looking forward to hearing about your progress, too...we WILL rock it and get to the finish line at Disney!

  3. Sounds like you've got a good plan in progress.

    It's a great idea ot try a couple of smaller races to get yourself in the right mindset for your first half marathon. Good luck with your training.


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