Fitness, Running

Learning how to run


I ran a half mile and almost died.

OK, “almost died” is a gigantic exaggeration but at the end of that run it felt like I was really out of breath. I had to lay down on my sidewalk until I felt “normal” again.

In my thirties I was gong-ho fitness addict. I looked good! I felt even better. I put being fit first. I even went to fitness bootcamps across the country to exercise with friends. Ah, good times! Good times indeed.

Now in my forties I have let work and other excuses run my routine. Exercise and being fit were put on the back burner. I have a couple of failed attempts to get into a fitness routine. This time, seeing my sister running progression has been inspiring. She has effectively taken my excuses away. She has MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and if she can there’s no way that I cannot. It has also make me see that being fit MUST be a priority. And yes, I had a previous running plan for April, I feel like going in this new direction will be more beneficial. This will be the beginning of the longer term goal of running a half marathon with her.

Learning how to run

I’ve tried Couch to 5K before and have never gotten to run a full 5K. This time around I’m using the plan created by the My Asics app.

First thing I did this time around was going to a specialty running store and get properly fitted. I’m frugal but when it comes to running shoes, I’ll spend the money necessary so my feet are supported correctly. This is not the time to think cute!

Next, I looked around for races I wanted to compete (and I use that term loosely) that would work with the app. I noticed that the app prefers to have at least 4 weeks heads up. I picked the 50 Yard Finish 10K on June 27 because I think it’s groovy to finish a 10K at the 50 yard line at the Buffalo Bills Stadium.

With a goal in mind – which is to just finish the race – the app has predicted that I’ll be able to run it in under 1:11! Of course, right now I’m on week one and all I have to run is half mile twice at a comfortable jogging pace. Dang, I’m not even looking how fast or how slow I run. One thing is for sure, no slouching here!


I really like that this running plan includes a recovery phase with 8 more runs for two weeks after the race.

One thing it’s worth mentioning is that I’m cleaning my diet quite a bit since I believe that losing at least 10 pounds before running this race will help me tons. So, I’m saying goodbye to soda and minimize the use of sugar while cooking from scratch as much as we can.

I don’t know how to pace, neither I’m looking for a personal best. That’s running lingo I don’t care for right now. I’m going to run happy remembering on each run to be like the tortoise instead of the hare.

It’s going to be interesting! Follow the hashtag #runyolyrun for my run updates.



  1. Carla

    April 15, 2015 at 12:27 am

    You can do it Yoly! We can do it! 😉

    1. Yoly Mason

      April 15, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Yes we can do this Carla!

  2. Charlotte

    May 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

    You have a good looking plan. Best wishes. I find cleaning up the diet really helps with my fitness goals.

    1. Yoly Mason

      May 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Charlotte!

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