Feel Free to Slap Me in the Face

4 thoughts on “Feel Free to Slap Me in the Face”

  1. Hey Brian,
    I “worked a program” (sounds like AA) that I found on the Cool Running website called Couch to 5K. It seems to start you out WAY too slow (running for 60 secs, walking for 90), but the theory is that all your ligaments, tendons, joints, etc are too harshed out if you just hit the track and run for 20 minutes straight. It takes 8 or 9 weeks to work the program, but it really does work, if you follow it. I did it around Seward Park with a friend and then we were able to do the DawgDash 5K in under 30 minutes (I know that’s not very fast for those elite runner-types)
    Check it out…

    1. Lisa!

      Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it. Couch to 5K sounds perfect for me. I don’t run. I do cardio, but I’m not consistent about it. I mostly lift at the gym, though since Steve has been pushing the 5K, I’ve been doing the elliptical more often, working towards the treadmill. Scary stuff! If I can make the 5K without walking or puking, I’d be impressed with myself.

  2. One thing I forgot to mention in that drunken e-mail is that he has to make sure he has the proper shoes before working the treadmill. The wrong shoes can cause a lot of problems. If you haven’t run before I recommend going to a running specialty store or an outdoors store and talking with one of the sales people. I’d avoid footlocker and mall type shoes stores, because those people can tell you what looks “fresh” but not necessarily what type of running shoe you need. Not every running shoe is the same, so you want to make sure you wear the right shoes for your running style. Expect to spend around 70-100 bucks for a good pair. Since I replace my shoes every 2-3 months I stick with $70 Adidas. I really like New Balance, but they are a little out of my price range.

    Please, also make sure to encourage Brian to do this. I never would have suggested it if I didn’t know he can do it. I want him to experience the feeling of crossing that finish line. I’ll be acting as his mule (meaning running the distance next to him at his pace) providing encouragement.

    1. And now we’re going running shoe shopping to find the perfect pair. It’ll be a nice little Saturday together.

      Also, Steve’s right: please encourage me to do this. I told him today that I’m 95% sure I was in, but there’s still that 5%. If you keep kicking me in the ass, I’ll fully commit. Promise!

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