The idea came to us over a glass of wine as we were soaking in a jacuzzi one afternoon. I was telling her about my experiences with the many Couch to 5K groups I’ve been leading over the last year and a half and some of my concerns about the program. It’s been so amazing to watch the women I have worked with cross their first finish line with me and then go on to cross many more, but there have been several who for one reason or another haven’t been able to complete the program. The excuses are always legitimate–work, kids, husband, partner, laundry, illness, etc–but let’s face it, that is what they are, excuses. Khatija and I started talking about how it is so easy to find reasons not to take care of ourselves, to sacrifice our own well being to the needs of others, or to get caught in a vicious cycle of starting and stopping that inevitably leads to self-loathing. Why is it that exercise is always the first to go when we feel crunched for time? The fact is, when we make the time, when we make a commitment to taking care of our bodies, we become better mothers, wives, partners, employees, friends. It is truly one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
Then Khatija and I started to get excited, realizing that between the two of us, we had the tools to help people not only get active and healthy, but to empower them and ensure their success in their physical endeavors. Thus, the Commit to 5K program was born. It’s all about commitment, making a commitment to ourselves and learning how to keep it. This is a skill that will serve us all in many ways, not just in reaching our exercise goals. We have combined run coaching with life coaching to enable the participants not only to reach the finish line at their first 5K race, but to build a strong foundation for a stronger, healthier them.
We have a great group forming for our first program starting on July 26th and I can’t wait to see what they’re all Kapable of!