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C25K Start and a Fat Man’s Runner’s High

A few years back I got into running. I even ran (with a lot of walking) a half marathon, though technically I never finished — at 95 degrees they shut down the timer before I crossed the finish line.

Flash forward a few years and I can’t even run 60 seconds, so I’m starting all over and doing the couch to 5K program. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a great way to slowly ease into running by alternating running and walking until you build up to 3.1 miles. Last night I finally went to the health club and hopped on the treadmill. I’m taking it pretty easy and will probably add a few weeks to the 9 week program. That’s the great thing about C25K, you can change it up, add weeks, go faster if you like. I want to do everything I can to avoid the shin splints and plantar fasciitis that crept up on me before.

Even so, I nearly died. Running is hard work, especially at 325 pounds. That famous runner’s high you hear about is actually quite easy to achieve when you’re an out of shape mess. By the time I finished I was practically delirious from the lack of oxygen to my brain. But I finished! Woot. Counting my warm up and cool down I went 1.63 miles in 27 minutes.

Now I’ve got to do it again. And again. And Again. I can’t wait until a few months in when running becomes fun. I downloaded a bunch of podcast on writing from some of my favorite authors. That should keep me motivated in the mean time.

I might be blogging on here a little less (but still at least twice a week). I’ve rededicated myself to focusing on this year’s goal — getting healthy. And new freelance jobs are trickling in. There’s a chance I may land a big one. I’ll find out soon. That will mean less time for free writing and more time spent getting paid. This Week in Vegan News may be put on hold for awhile, and I’ve still got to watch the other 16 documentaries so I can finish Vegan Movie Madness! I will get to it, in time.

Now off to make some delicious-looking tomato recipes I found for an upcoming Blog War!


  1. Gud……Yes ,being healthy & fit is always admirable…..

  2. I’m on week 5 of C25K now, it’s totally worth it, keep going 🙂

  3. I’m starting Couch to 5k (again) on Sunday to prepare for the color me rad run I signed up for on July 7!

  4. Congratulations on your effort to get back into running. And, also for the free-lance work. I’ve been so busy working on my books, I haven’t explored that writing route yet, but I expect I will before the year’s end. Perhaps you could give me some pointers, as you will no doubt be a seasoned professional by then.

    • I admire you being able to write fiction. I been thinking more and more about this fiction project I want to do. In fact I was going to give up (mostly) on the freelance route to pursue it. Then I thought to myself it would be a perfect idea for my next “Change for a year.”

      So now I’m waiting, but sometimes I still think being a broke, struggling fiction writer would be fun. 🙂

      • Actually, I’ve put my fiction (short story trilogy) on hold while I finish a work of non-fiction “Delight in Disorder: Meditations from a Bipolar Mind”. I hope to have both of them finished by September so I can start a paying gig as an adjunct prof and freelance writer.

        I’m fortunate to have disability income, but I’m also tired of being part of the 47% Romney railed against. I’d like to earn my income working – if you want to call writing and teaching work. It’s not exactly digging ditches.

        • Sounds fun! Hope the books go well. The more I blog and write the more I think of things I want to write and blog about. It’s maddening. I want to go live in a cave and write for a year to get it all done!

          I’m trying to hold off on posting too much about writing though as this year is supposed to be about getting healthy.

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