As you’re probably all well aware, back in April I started the Couch to 5k running program, and couldn’t recommend it more highly! I ran my first 5k on July 10 in 25:35, and in just over a week, I’ll be running in my first 1/2 marathon!
In a relatively short amount of time, I’ve definitely been caught by the running bug! I love the way it makes me feel, and I know that’s it’s definitely been a big factor in my continued weight loss.
The running has been going so well in fact, that a few weeks ago my wife decided to get in on the action too! She’s currently finishing up week 4 of Couch to 5k, and I couldn’t be more proud of her! Up until just recently, she’s been doing all of her running indoors on the treadmill, because she was embarrassed to run outside where other people might see her. Lately she had been complaining a bit about how boring it was running on the treadmill, and I suggested that she give running outside a try. She said she would do it, but only if I went with her for support – and of course I said YES!
So for the past week, we’ve run together for each of her Couch to 5k runs, with me pushing the jogging stroller with our 2 kiddos. My wife says she has enjoyed running outside much more than she did running inside on the treadmill, and I can’t blame her! I have really enjoyed doing something healthy like this together as a family, and setting a great example of healthy, active living for our kids.
Even if they’re too young at this point to really “get” it, simply setting a good example from an early age, and having them grow up in an environment where being healthy and active together as a family are the norm will hopefully help set them on a healthy path as they get older.