And So the Running Begins…

Ever cognizant of the ultimate goal I have set, its time to get serious about my physical pursuits.  I like external motivation so I signed up for two events: Subaru Try a Tri at Guelph Lake ( September 1 and the Epic Tour ( to do a 100k ride on September 9.  I’m not sure I have fully wrapped my head around completing the events, in both cases, I told my wife that I thought I should of do them, so she signed me up. Go big or go home, I guess…

Back up two weeks ago, Christine and I started the conditioning phase of a learn to run 5k developed by Louise Green and published in her book Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have (Greystone Books, 2017).  The first week of conditioning, we dutifully completed our run/walk sequences as prescribed, but thought that another week of conditioning was in order. Last week was more challenging as we finished one of three workouts.

Conditioning Week(s)

5 minute warm-up walk

30 seconds run, 2 minutes walk x8

5 minute cool down walk


Nevertheless, we started Week 1 of the program this week:

Week 1

5 minute warm-up walk

45 second run, 2 minutes walk x6

5 minute cool down walk


We chose this program because I have never run before and we thought it was a gentle way to start out.  While the conditioning phase is gentle, that doesn’t mean that I found it easy to do; to be honest, I found it difficult but manageable.  So here’s to starting Week 1 – 45 second runs, I’m coming for you.

We would love to have a virtual group completing the program with us!  If you have ever thought of running, here’s your chance to start out with a gentle program and some online accountability and moral support.  Drop me a line if you are thinking of taking the plunge.


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