Some eight weeks ago, I rose from my comfy couch, laced up my old running shoes and hit the asphalt with the goal of running in the GraceWorks Turkey Trot 5K this Thanksgiving morning.
The plan was simple—just follow the Couch to 5K plan I found online designed for beginning runners.
It started slow by alternating a minute of running with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes and built up over the next 24 workouts until the final one which was 30 minutes of non-stop running. At the end, I would be ready for a 5K run.
I called my version of this workout the “Couch to Turkey Trot 5K” program or “C2TT5K”.
Problem was, I hadn’t been a runner since Cyrus had that hit. (Billy Ray, not Molly). My achy breaky knees, combined with a lifestyle of too little exercise and too much waistline, meant I was truly starting from square one.
If you are interested in reading about the first few weeks of my C2TT5K adventure, you can:
With the Trot just four days away, I’m proud to say I’ve conquered the couch by completing the C2TT5K program!
I’d like to say it was a piece of cake but can’t. It’s probably one of the more challenging things I’ve done in recent memory. But my final workout was Saturday with a full 5K trot (I don’t call what I do actually running). I’m now ready!
What kept me going when my body was protesting strongly during every run was the same thing which got me off the couch in the first place—I wanted others to know about this fun event, the impact it has and encourage as many as possible to be a part of it.
All registration fees and sponsorships to this event goes to help GraceWorks fund 20 programs which positively effects the lives of thousands of Williamson County neighbors in need. Browse around this site to get an idea of what GraceWorks is all about and the many ways you can help.
And it’s not too late for you and your family to be a part of the 2015 GraceWorks Turkey Trot 5K. Go to TurkeyTrotFranklin.com before midnight tonight to register online. Afterwards, registration is in person a D1 Sports Training and Therapy on Wednesday afternoon or before the Trot Thursday morning.
See you at the Trot!