Richie has run in a few races the past couple of years and I’ve recently started to consider running a 5k myself. It’s a HUGE personal accomplishment just for me to say that I like running since my days of running the mile in junior high weren’t exactly enjoyable. A 12 minute mile was my personal best I think. The side cramps and gasping for air that accompanied that 12 minute mile didn’t exactly add up to a fun time in my book. So now that I find running to be an enjoyable form of exercise I’ve been contemplating challenging myself to train for something.
Since Richie has already conquered two mud runs, he’s been going on and on about all these different types of races. This guy is most happy when he is full of dirt and has at least one large scarlet scab somewhere on his body. He has been throwing around names like Tough Mudder and The Spartan Race (where apparently when you finish you get to donate to charity in exchange for some ink celebrating your accomplishment).
One features electric shock and freezing cold water as the highlight whereas the other boasts of staff sweeping your legs out from underneath you while you run by, a la American Gladiators. His face just glows as he describes them in detail.
So you might be thinking to yourself that it’s pretty neat we both have the same goal of training for a race. But, do we want to run in the same one dear reader….. oh noooooo. True to our tagline, we cannot be more different in this area.
Let me illustrate just how different we are. Words just can not do justice like a visual can.
His Idea of A Good Time:
I’m thinking that adding some celebratory color to my life would be fun too, but something a little less permanent comes to mind.
My Idea of A Good Time:
Yep, this is more my speed :)
So how does a newbie runner begin to train for her first 5k? I’ve heard the couch to 5K program is good. Any suggestions?