Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Marathon is Big, but a 5K is Huge!

2010-04-06 18.23.50-cropped Last night was our first training run for the Fellowship Technologies Couch to 5k Training Program.  We had a great turnout of 20 employees.  All were eager to give this running thing a try.  It was great to see how the encouragement was so contagious amongst everyone.

We followed Week 1, Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program which consisted of the following:

  • 5 minute brisk walk
  • 8 repeats of the following:
    • 60 seconds of jogging
    • 90 seconds of walking
  • 5 minute cool down walk

Everyone did very well!  I made sure to stress that running is really an individual sport that is done at your individual pace.  After the run, I reminded everyone that a 5K is 3.1 miles.  I surprised everyone and let them know that they travelled 2.25 miles by doing the above and it was only the first day.  They can do this!

Last month I mentioned that FT would be having this training program.  It’s awesome to see the excitement surrounding it.  48 employees have signed up for the program.

So what’s up with the title of this blog?  Yes, a Marathon is a big deal, a big event, however, moving from nothing (the couch) to a 5K is HUGE!  Individuals training for their first marathon are already used to some level of training.  The difference is that they just have to bump it up and get past some perceived physical & mental hurdles.  Whereas couchers are making a huge conscious decision to make a positive change in their life.  They’re showing up (getting off the couch) to training runs which is a huge first step.  I'm proud of each and everyone of the Couch to 5K participants!

Personally and selfishly, it’s an incredible feeling to be a part of this program.  I just love seeing everyone get into the program and cannot wait to see the sense of accomplishment that they’ll experience. 

It is my hope and prayer that everyone stays healthy & mentally strong to stick with the 9 weeks of the program.  Everyone can do this!

1 comment:

TxTriSkatemom said...

Huge kudos to you and your company for supporting such an awesome endeavor. I get the sense you feel the same sort of reward I got when the Red Light Runner team I helped form among my friends took root. Sharing our passion for running and helping people realize the potential for achievement that running can open up within them is so rewarding. When I think of all the things that I've done and learned and people that I've met through running, it makes me appreciate even more being able to help open that door for others. Good work, friend!