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Tale Of A Tired Jogger (Part 3)

My Quest For The 5K

If you have been following along with The Next Goal, you might remember my post about wanting to run in a 5k.  I’ve never been a big fan of running, but it seemed like a cool goal to set for myself. Tired Joggers C25K After all, we are big on people reaching their goals – so why not set a goal for ME?

I followed a plan called “Couch To 5K” which sounded easy enough.  I mean, the couch part sounds pretty easy.  Basically, the course takes you from low activity to a 5K in about 9 weeks.  NINE WEEKS!?  Amazingly, it worked… sort of.

My Mistake
In any undertaking like this, you need a clear plan and the motivation to start.  I had both of these covered.  What I didn’t have was a clear understanding of what my 42 year old body is capable of doing.  I pushed myself to try and tough out the minor injuries and soon found myself hurt.  I sat out a week, then started up again – this time much more carefully.  The key was actually starting up again.

At Last
I finally made it to the end of my 9 week training and registered for the Frosty 5k, in nearby Frisco, Texas.  To add to the excitement, it was 32 degrees that morning – so it definitely qualified as “frosty” – at least by Texas standards.
frosty 5k
The good news is, I did it!  I completed the race in 32 minutes- which is only about 19 minutes slower than the World Record!  :)   The goal was not to win the race, the goal was to finish the race – so that’s one more thing I can check off my bucket list.  Even though I finished in the middle of the pack, it truly felt like I was the only person crossing the finish line.

Hindsight
As I look back over the whole process, I realize that I made a great choice going with the structure of the Couch to 5K plan.  (If you want to read about it, you can learn more here)  It broke up my big goal into several smaller goals, which made things a lot easier to handle.  There are even iPhone apps for those who really like to record and track every detail.

The one thing I would do differently would be to do a little more research before I started.  Right after I got injured, a friend recommended a fantastic book called Running For Mortals.  I can’t tell you what an eye-opener it was for me.  It pretty much outlined why I got hurt after four weeks. If only I had read it ahead of time.   By the way, I’ve included a link to the book if you want to check it out.  I just can’t recommend it highly enough!

Go For It!
So if you have ever dreamed of running a 5k, why not make that one of your 2012 goals?  Do some research, find a good training plan and go for it.

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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

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  1. Congrats Larry Lourcey, Your amazing feeling is very cute. i ask to you the same question from ntathu allen.
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  2. I have not been a good jogger/./my knees usually give out first.
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  3. Well done Larry. You must feel great. Fancy London Marathon nxt? PS. 32 degrees..that is a uk heatwave..send it over. Keep stretching n running.
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