Sara: How do you stay fit in this season of your life?
Cathy: I do Body Pump ( a weight/cardio class) twice a week and I run at least twice a week.
Sara: Have you always been fit and active? What drew you into it?
Cathy: Absolutely not. I always thought I was clumsy and athletic and never did any sports in school. I tried running a time or two after I was grown, but it was hard so I thought I couldn’t do it. When my daughter went off to college she challenged me to run a 5K with her over Christmas break. Wanting to do anything to stay connected to her I agreed. I downloaded podcasts for couch to 5K on my ipod Nano and went to the gym. I thought running hurt my knees too much so I did most of my training on the elliptical. At the end of the 12 weeks C to 5K program I could run for 30 minutes but that wasn’t 3.1 miles! We did the 5K and it was 16 degrees that day.
At the beginning of 2016, I set a goal of running a 5K (either an organized run or my own personal) at least once a month. It was a struggle and I walked almost as much as I ran. My time on Jan. 1 was 44:14. Now this is when I joined the running group. As the year progressed I was running more and farther. By December that goal was far surpassed as I ran 7 times that month with each run being at least 3.1 miles. I ran a total of 349.95 miles in 2016. (It kills me I din’t get that final .05 in.)
That included 47 5Ks out of 110 runs and two 10Ks.