The Thirty Initiative
Ok, I mentioned I did something crazy – something that I was going to elicit all of your help with. It’s not starting for a few more weeks but I wanted to give you all apt notice so you have no excuse to back out.
I signed up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in October in my area, after Jamie inspired me to do so when she signed up. There’s not a woman on this planet who doesn’t know someone who has been affected by this – or any other – cancer.
Here’s the deal. I have six months. And in those six months, I WILL train myself to RUN the entire 5K. Not jog, not walk briskly, run. Race.
I can run on the treadmill upwards of two miles before I have to walk, and at my fittest could run almost the full 5K. On a treadmill. I have failed miserably each and every time I’ve tried to run outdoors. But I am going to challenge myself and learn to run outside. I am going to follow the Couch to 5K program which thankfully has an app for my iPhone, which allows me to make my own playlist while the program alerts me when to walk, run, etc. You can also download podcasts to listen to to alert you rather than keeping an eye on your watch. The link above has a ton of resources, articles, and forums.
The concept of the program will take a non-runner to be able to run for 30 continuous minutes (about a 5K) in 8-9 weeks. You have to commit to at least three 30-minute sessions a week.
So, I’m starting an initiative: April is a 30-day month. This program requires 30 mins each day of training. I’m here and now pledging that in the month of April, I will exercise AT LEAST 30 minutes EVERY day.
30 minutes a day for 30 days.
I still plan on taking my kickboxing/aerobics classes 3-4 times a week as I do now, but the other days I am planning to train with the C25K program.
Here’s where you come in: For those of you who pledge to do this with me, I will keep a running log and tally of your weekly exercise after you post it here. For every five hours you log, I will donate $1 of my own money towards my race. Think of how quickly that can add up!
Thirty minutes is quick – it can be the Shred DVD, a brisk walk with your dog or family, doing the elliptical in your basement, cleaning out your garage, raking – I don’t care how you do it. I just want you to do it with me. And if you would like to start the C25K program with me, that would be awesome too. I am starting on April 1 as I am travelling for work the last week in March.
Please pass this post around to your friends, sisters, mothers. Maybe we can get a lot of people off their couches and to get motivated to move in April for a good cause!
Are you in?!?