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Couch to 5K: Vacation, Disney and Chocolate

By ML Broxton on Mar 21 2012 • Filed under Health

Couch to 5K: Vacation, Disney and ChocolateThank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtful notes and emails of support this week. You have propped me up during a really difficult time.* (see note at bottom)

So this week I have totally crashed and burned on my workout plan.


We were joined by a new runner, Melpo, who is totally great and is just starting the Couch to 5K plan, so my slow running pace makes us great partners. Susan and Dana share a faster pace, so there’s something there for everybody – which feels really good.


Mom and I spent almost all day doing paperwork and going to different appointments to take care of things after Dad’s passing last week.It was hard to believe it had been a week since he passed away. I wonder if I’ll feel that way in a month…a year…ten years. It’s sad to think about living the rest of my life without him. His name and number are still on my favorites in my phone and I still have a voicemail from him. Sometimes I listen to it, just to hear his voice again.


I had every intention of running and then packing us up for vacation, however; my husband talked some sense into me and I ended up staying home to do laundry and fill suitcases with way too much stuff. You know how that goes ….


In the morning our family and another family piled in our rental van and began the 19 hour trip to Tampa and then Orlando, Florida (Disney!). I had big plans to run from the hotel gym, but we didn’t stop until 1:30am on Friday morning so I pretty much just fell into bed after we got the kids tucked in.


We arrived at our destination after two solid days in the van with three adults, two teenagers, a five-year-old, and a two-year-old. Believe it or not, the kids did great. It was like an early Christmas present, for which I was very appreciative. After two days on the road, night one of a family reunion, and basic sheer exhaustion, I didn’t run Friday, either. At that point, I pretty much decided to hang it up until we get back home and just forgave myself. I did take both kids swimming at the hotel pool, which was great.


We reunionized and played in the park with the kids most of the day. It was over 100 degrees outside, I think, so by the time we got back into air conditioning, we were totally wilted. Wilted, I tell you…like lettuce that’s been left out in the sun…on the sidewalk…and was never even washed properly to begin with. But, I digress.


As we pulled into our hotel, I saw a great running track and got all filled with inspirational thoughts about doing some running. After unpacking, getting the kids changed, and spending three hours in the pool helping our five-year-old improve her underwater swimming skills (which she calls mermaid swimming and now wants to know if Ariel is really real), I was totally worn out all over again. For which I forgave myself because, really, I’m in this for the long haul and I’m not going to give up just because I didn’t follow the training schedule for one week. After three Oreos, I felt much better about the world.

Interestingly enough, I Facebooked Karen Hagen-Richards from The Centre and another gal who has worked the Couch to 5K program successfully and they both said not to repeat last week. They said to go on to the next day I was supposed to do because I “just might surprise myself.” Hopefully that’s a good thing, but I think they both know what they’re talking about so we shall see. All in all, it wasn’t a great workout week, but I am beginning to think that this program is just like anything else in life. We do the best we can and, when we get off track, we forgive ourselves and get back on the right path. Right path, here I come!

Last year, Michele decided to participate in the Couch to 5K program so she could run a marathon for charity. These articles are a diary of her experiences as she worked towards her goal between July and September of 2011.

See also:

Couch to 5K: Losing My Dad (Week 5)

Couch to 5k: Storms and Skinny Jeans (Week 4)

Couch to 5k: A Much Needed Do-Over (Week 3)

Couch to 5K: This is Why People Quit (Week 2)

Couch to 5K: Getting Started on Getting Fit (Week 1)

Couch to 5K: One Mom’s Journey Back to Health (Week 0)

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