First full week and LONG RUN

I’m using Couch-to-5K to get ramped up and just finished my first full week. Rather than skip a day, I ran each day of the program on each day, taking one day off. It worked out pretty well and I felt challenged but capable during each workout.

The app has matured since I last used it and I love the audio cues to walk/run/etc. and really like the graphical tracking of pace, distance, and workouts over time.
Today was my long run, so I went off schedule and just ran as long as I could on the same route, walking when necessary. Total distance was 3 miles, and total time was 45 mins. Nothing to write home about, but a good baseline to measure against going forward!
Crohn’s is an expensive disease. In a 2008 study, direct medical costs were $18,022 to $18,932 per patient per year in the United States. About 53 to 67 percent of those costs were from hospitalizations.
The cause of Crohn’s is undetermined, but with enough research we can learn more. I’m looking forward to driving research forward and am anxious to reach a breakthrough in my son Andrew’s lifetime.
THANK YOU for your support! I’ll keep you posted on this weeks’ progress!

Originally posted at CCFA site by Eric Thorsen on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Cross posted here after successful completion of the race

Training begins

So it begins… I missed the organization meeting last month and spoke to the organizers last week. I still have time to train for a half-marathon! I’m on day-four of “Couch to 5K” which does a nice job of pacing me through walking and running – one minute run, followed by 90 seconds of walk.

I should be past newbie stage by next week and will join the team runs on Saturday mornings, and able to ramp up my daily runs to more miles.
This is a great program since there is a coach to help ramp up to goal levels and get into shape by race-time!
I have run in the past – I used to run the Cincinnati Heart Mini-Marathon, so my top mileage was 9.3 miles. I think with the time I have prior to Feb, I should be able to complete the half!
Thanks for your donations and I’ll keep you updated here.

I learned about Crohns two years ago when my son was diagnosed. He is currently under treatment and doing well, thankfully. It rocked my world to see the impact these diseases have! I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  On February 5, 2017 I will participate in the New Orleans 1/2 Marathon to show my commitment. Believe me, hauling this old body 13.1 miles is a big undertaking! But it will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but they will help us get closer to the cure.  Won’t you please consider a donation today?
I’m impressed by this charity. I did some research and found CCFA received 87.25% financial score, and 96% transparency score. I’m confident donating my money and my time to this cause, and you will get tax recognition as a 501(c)3 organization. Contribute now and I’ll keep you posted on my training status through weekly blog updates here on this site. I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line in February with a significant impact to Crohns and Colitis research!


Originally posted at CCFA site by Eric Thorsen on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 3:46 PM
Cross posted here after successful completion of the race