Saturday, August 16, 2008

Life is what you make it...

and I believe I will choose to be positive (see previous post).

Ok so I've been toying with the idea of running a 5K. I have been following the Couch to 5K program (modified version). The CIBC Run for the Cure is scheduled (in my city) for October 5. That is the exact date when I'm scheduled to finish the Couch to 5K program. I would like to have more experience under my belt before then but there will not be another opportunity until Spring...I'm going to think about it. I think it's the motivation I need to keep up with the running, which I'm liking much.

We'll see :)


Julie said...

I think you should!
It's a sign, the C25K ends on that date. LOL

Cammy said...

Are we voting? I vote 'YES!!' You're ready!

butterfly said...

Cammy, count me in for another "yes" vote.

I should really jump onto this running bandwagon. It's hard when you feel like you've got a couch glued to your butt, but totally doable. I'm so jealous that you're even toying with this idea! I still run in the dark...

Have a fantastic week!

carla said...



Big Girl said...

You should totally do it!!!!

Alli said...

Yeah! B is a middle school math and science teacher at Cleveland Middle School. Its such a small world. B started his work days this week-students start on monday =( he is less than thrilled.

carmen said...

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