it starts with tonsillitis, a princess and water.

Because all journeys start somewhere.

I consider myself pretty active. I power walk about four to five days a week, usually doing two to three miles. Mr. PugRunner has been working on doing brisk afternoon walks, and has lately incorporated our youngest pug in his endeavors.

Nothing too earth-shattering, but it’s all about getting up and moving, right?

About two weeks ago, I was knocked down by a nasty case of tonsilitis. It resulted in a trip to the ER, where I received antibiotics and fluids for dehydration, since I hadn’t been able to eat or drink anything but a half bottle of gatorade for about 24 hours. While I waited to be released, it occurred to me that it was a great time to try to kick my Diet Dr. Pepper addiction. I have been wanting to cut my soda intake, but the threat of caffeine withdrawal headaches made it a less than attractive prospect. However, here I was, unable to drink anything, let alone a carbonated beverage, and already in so much pain that a nasty headache wouldn’t even be noticed.

Four days later, I didn’t really even have much of a taste for the Diet Dr Pepper, and considered myself caffeine-free.

I was also jonesing to get back into a workout routine. The tonsilitis had left me down about seven pounds and physically exhausted. It took me a few days to get back to actually eating again, and I noticed that the illness seemed to have reset me. For some reason, when I went scrounging for a snack, I went for the veggie drawer instead of the crackers and chips. Interesting. Very interesting.

At the same time, a dear friend (check her out at, completed her first half marathon. When she posted about her amazing accomplishment on Facebook, Mr PugRunner started to ask me about how she got to that point. I explained that she had started with a Couch 2 5K program and worked her way up from there.

He was intrigued. And he kept bringing it up. And then he finally said he wanted to get some new sneakers.

I asked him if he wanted to do the Couch 2 5K program.

He hemmed.

I told him I would get running shoes and do it with him.

He hawed.

I said it might be a nice thing for us to do as a family and that it would be a great mutual hobby.

In the middle of Target, he agreed.

And here we are. So far, it’s been a great experience.

I’m going to keep you up to date on how we are doing, our goals as we achieve our 5K and beyond, and how we manage to fit it all in! I hope you join us!

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