I read @ihatediabetes post on training for a 5k, and at the end of the post, she shared a photo of her medal. I was nearly brought to tears (maybe that's sad in itself, but I was really moved by her determination and success). I want to do this too. I live in the Cleveland, OH area, so there are 5k races (and longer) available throughout the year, but I'm 230 lbs now (after a year of getting on and off antidepressants) and struggle to catch my breath when walking and talking. I've come a long way from being fit and healthy in my 20s. Now in my early 30s, even though I know this isn't the case, it still feels like another lifetime/a pipe dream to get back to health and fitness.
If I want to pursue a 5k, does anyone have recommendations for doing so? I have a treadmill at home because I'm honestly too embarrassed to train with other people (even a trainer, who's probably used to obese people working toward fitness). I should probably start with an app or something, right? Any help, insights, advice, or tools you have to recommend are more than welcome! Just a note-I'm a teacher and have pretty much no money and no energy to start with 🙂