Bookworm to Road Runner – Blog Post 4

August 4, 2017

Hey Folks –

I’m back with some updates and tips to get you motivated (and hopefully keep you at it) for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge in support of The Children’s Book Bank.

This week – getting with a program.

Once upon a time (there is always a book tie in), I was pretty fit. I danced, taught fitness and dance classes, went to yoga and could eat pretty much anything I wanted without gaining a pound. But, like many good things, nothing lasts forever – I am middle-aged now, with a little extra around the centre, sore feet and some other fun stuff that often comes with getting older.

I also find I am spending more of my free time with a book in my hand or in front of a screen.

HOWEVER, I am determined to regain some of my better habits, and, along with it better health. I also want to be able to climb stairs without losing my breath. And signing up for and then doing the 5k run is actually a very realistic and achievable goal.

I have been poking around the web and have found some really great Couch to 5K sites and programs.

My favourite is It’s a great resource with something for everyone – for beginners, running on the treadmill, including your family dog in your routine and of course, because we are all about the books at The Children’s Book Bank, some books to help your running.

They have the program in a variety of languages (and in metric and imperial) to make it accessible to anyone who wants to challenge themselves to turn off Netflix and get off the couch.

Here is the direct link to the 9-week plan (metric) for you to print out and use to help you set and achieve those running goals.

And of course there is still plenty of time to sign up for the walk/run or to support one of us that is already on the roster.

~ Roxanne