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Tale Of A Tired Jogger

Thomas Jefferson once said, “If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.”

Clearly, Jefferson was not a jogger.

We all know how important it is to keep our bodies in good, working order.  It is no big secret that we should exercise and eat right.  The problem is actually doing it.   One of my goals for 2011 was to get in better shape.  Not NFL defensive back good shape – just better shape than the average 40 year old.

A few weeks ago, my wife came across the Couch to 5K program, which is basically a plan to get you from zero exercise to running a 5K in about 9 weeks.  Each week is planned for you, with a series of alternating runs and walks.  Nine weeks – was she mad??  I was never a distance runner.  I could sprint with the best of them – but ask me to run more than a mile and I would generally find a reason not to do it.  However, if there is one thing I love – almost to a fault – it is a challenge, so I decided to join her.

Prior to our first run, I had to map out our route through the neighborhood, so I reset the trip counter on my car and drove two miles around the neighboring streets.  I knew when I was out of breath from the drive that the next morning’s run was going to be tough.  I assumed that I would collapse from exhaustion about a third of the way to the mailbox.  As you can see, I actually made it almost half way!portrait of a tired jogger

The crazy thing was, I actually managed to complete the first day’s workout -which was mostly walking, with a few minutes of jogging mixed in.  Of course, it got harder the next week.  Still, I managed to survive.

I’m now about to start week 4 – hard to believe!  When I ran a couple of days ago I was absolutely exhausted afterwards, but I look back at the week 1 routine and think, “wow- that was so easy.”   It seems hard to believe, but when I reach week 8, I will probably look back at week 3 and laugh.

Like most things in life, its just a matter of setting a goal and slowly adding to it.  A whole bunch of small successes can add up to a really big one!

Here is where YOU come in.  I’m at the part where a good majority of the people start to  drop out of the program.  Leave a comment every so often and make sure I’m still going.  A little peer pressure never hurt!

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Katie Lambert says:

    Lots of running going on here, I like it! Congratulations at making it work! I wish you luck!

  2. Christine Lee says:

    I think I’ll try this before I try a marathon :) But great job for getting off the couch!

  3. It’s amazing how it feels when you realize you’ve made progress!

  4. I bought Couch to 5k. Two days after I started, I damaged something in my foot. It was a couple of years before my foot was pain free–impact exercise is just not for me.

    I hadn’t even thought of this book for so long, but now it occurs to me that the Couch to 5k program should be just as good for a walking program.

    Thanks!

    K

  5. Kim Worthen says:

    Good luck and a hot bath does wonders!

  6. Well I’m the wife that got him started. Believe me I would have quit many times if not for Larry encouraging me (or was that taunting?). Really, things like these are always better with a partner. Unfortunately, Larry somehow sprained his calf muscle and has had to take it easy this week. So like any good wife would, I am will “redo” week 4 just so that we can continue this journey together.

  7. I know SO many people who have done the Couch to 5K program and love it!

    I started going to spin class about a month ago and had a similar experience. At first I thought I was going to die about 20 mins in, but now I crave my weekly class.

  8. Ntathu Allen
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    well done Larry. I admire your courage in taking on the blog challenge and running. Yeah..you can do it. Keep us informed re your progress-one breath at a time.

  9. I know a lot of people who have done this program and loved it. I have no desire to run – but would not mind a couch-to-really-slow-5K program.

    You know about mapmyrun.com? That might be easier than driving the route every time you want to change things up a bit. :)
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