Friday, September 28, 2012
Catalyst Couch to 5K: Summer 2012
Back in July, I met up with four gals at Catalyst Activewear (HERE). I started our newest Couch to 5K journey. I love the excitement of new runners! And, Melissa, Jennifer, Jennie and Katie didn't disappoint. Over ten weeks, they trained together every Wednesday evening. We met at the store and would run together for a half an hour. They started with alternating one minute of running and one minute of walking for twenty minutes. By the end, they were running thirty minutes or more consecutively.
We met up the week before the race and tryed to venture the course on our own. The race started and ended at Willow Island in Madison. The map was not easy to read, so we ended up going an entire mile off-course to begin with. Jenny was sick, the weather was extremely windy and the course was a bit hilly. But, we survived 3.1 (plus miles) and "somewhat" ran the course. It HAD to be easier on race morning! I kept telling them that. There were some really sketchy areas that we ran through on our own and storm was brewing. It was great that the girls ran the course and were now familiar with it. There was a pretty large hill around mile 1.5.
We choose the Run/Walk for Wishes (HERE) at Willow Island (for the Make a Wish Foundation), because the date fell well with our training program (end of September). However, the Zoo Run Run at Henry Vilas. Therefore, the run was not well attended at all. It was pretty sparse. There were quite a few walkers though.
The girls showed up race morning and each of them had their husbands and family and friends there to support them. It was the best support I've seen in these groups. Katie had a whole entorage and some of them even made these classy shirts ... may need to make one of my own!