Liberty Calakos: Penguin Run/Walk Blog Part 2
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Liberty Calakos: Penguin Run/Walk Blog Part 2

Find Your Waffle Maker Hope you all are training hard…

Find Your Waffle Maker

Hope you all are training hard for the Penguin Run/Walk!  For those of you new runners I hope the Couch to 5K is working out for you!  Remember to keep up the hard work!

Since I talked about why I run in my last blog I’m going to tell you all the story of how I started.  Almost two years ago I started online dating.  I never had done this before.  I was so nervous judging people by just their pictures and what they wrote.  I saw this one picture of a guy in a race bib with the numbers “626,” which is my birthday, and took it as a sign.  I started seeing this guy who turns out was training for his first full marathon.  We went out a few times and started “going steady.” I was so impressed by his ability to run and self discipline.  We were sitting at the dinner table one night and I was talking about diving for work and how I wished I had a dive buddy to go out in the open water more.  My now boyfriend mentions he always wanted a running buddy to keep him motivated.  I then had a brilliant idea, “What if I train to run a 5K and you get scuba certified?”  We shook on it and agreed to try the other’s hobby.  As I’ve mentioned I did the couch to 5K program, and in the beginning I wanted to quit so bad.  I hated running and haven’t seriously ran for exercise since softball practice in high school.  I was getting frustrated and defeated.  One day I tried making up every excuse not to run, and my boyfriend said, “Well, if you run today, I can make us Belgian waffles for breakfast.”  Just call me Leslie Knope because I absolutely love waffles and it was the perfect way to get me out the door.  Week after week, he would make me waffles after the run.  Thankfully, I wasn’t running to lose weight because I pretty much gained it all back instantly. Eight weeks later, I ran my first 5K at the Riverfront Scramble in Hartford and had a strange craving for waffles afterward… and yes he did get SCUBA certified.

The morale of this cute love story is to find your “waffle maker.”  Find that person who can inspire you and make you believe you can accomplish anything. Having another person who knows your goal can help you be more motivated and accountable.  That person doesn’t even have to run they can easily just be your cheerleader and keep you on your toes.

For you C25K (Couch to 5K) followers here are your next two weeks!  Also if you feel like you can skip a week, try it out for a day and if you feel comfortable go forward!  If you feel like you need to repeat a week that’s totally ok, too!

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Week 3 Jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 second, run for 3 minutes, and walk for three minutes.  Do this twice. Jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 second, run for 3 minutes, and walk for three minutes.  Do this twice. Jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 second, run for 3 minutes, and walk for three minutes.  Do this twice.
Week 4 Jog for 3 minutes (1/4 mile) and a walk for 90 seconds. Then run for 5 minutes (1/2 mile) and walk for 2.5 minutes.  Jog for another 3 minutes and walk for 90 seconds.  Finally, jog for 5 minutes (1/2 mile). Jog for 3 minutes (1/4 mile) and a walk for 90 seconds. Then run for 5 minutes (1/2 mile) and walk for 2.5 minutes.  Jog for another 3 minutes and walk for 90 seconds.  Finally, jog for 5 minutes (1/2 mile). Jog for 3 minutes (1/4 mile) and a walk for 90 seconds. Then run for 5 minutes (1/2 mile) and walk for 2.5 minutes.  Jog for another 3 minutes and walk for 90 seconds.  Finally, jog for 5 minutes (1/2 mile).

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