Kirsten and Khatija are a dream team for women like myself – busy, mother, daughter, wife, working, etc…
I had settled into the notion that I wasn’t cut out for a consistent fitness routine because my life schedule just had no room for one more thing.
The Commit to 5K program turned non-believers into true running warriors!
I cannot say enough about the approach that Kirsten and Khatija have developed. It truly addresses the perceived mental and physical barriers to running, and breaks down many myths that people carry about this form of exercise; it also makes you realize that anyone can run with a little training and dedication.
Ever since having to run a mile in high school (many, many years ago), I’ve dreaded running.
There were so many reasons to hate running! Yet, I knew that something had to change in order for me to establish a regular workout routine. The Commit to 5K program showed up at the perfect time in my life.
I feel like Forrest Gump. Run, Wendy, Run!
In October 2011, a few of my High School girlfriends held me accountable to my promise to join them in their next Couch to 5K training. Boy am I glad they did. It was in that setting that I met Kirsten. Her calm, cool attitude and knowledge about running and natural running were the safety net I needed as I started training, as it had been at least 5 years since my last 5K.
I became a runner at age 50!
After gaining 15 lbs. in the last 2 years, I decided I needed to get off my comfy couch and do something, but had no idea what to do. As I followed a friend’s Facebook postings on her Couch to 5K experience, I thought I’d give it try. I’m so glad I did!
Last week I did something I truly never thought was possible. I ran my first half marathon!
It’s hard for me to articulate what an amazing feat that was for me. If you knew me back in high school (some 20 years ago), you might have recognized me as the girl who refused to run around the track, opting instead to walk leisurely while gabbing to her friends, not caring if the teacher gave her a D in Phys. Ed. In fact, I’m pretty sure I nearly failed PE more than once in my high school career! But it wasn’t just running I avoided, and it wasn’t just back in my high school days.
In 2010 I was introduced to a world I had never heard of, that of triathlon.
My husband had recently lost 100 pounds and began training for his first triathlon and then his second and third and so on. I met Kirsten and her family at one of these triathlons, where she told me the story of how she and her husband began running with a phone app called couch to 5K. I was intrigued but not convinced. A year or so passed with my husband, Kirsten and her husband and our other “tri” friends competing and doing well in various triathlons, half-marathons and 5K and 10K races. I was happy to wake up early and provide moral and vocal support as the sideline cheerleader and photographer.