Couch to 5K Week One

Since I started counting calories almost two weeks ago, I decided to add physical activity to this whole lifestyle change. The simple concept of “Eat Less, Move More” has been on my mind, and I figured heck, if I can lose almost 10 lbs. just changing my eating habits, just IMAGINE what adding exercise in will do.

Back in the ol’ wedding planning days, my workouts were a mix of kickboxing, strength training and couch to 5k workouts. I was dropping weight so fast, the seamstress told me I needed to drink milkshakes or my weight loss would lead to her having to mess with the beadwork on my dress to take it all in.

So, I drank milkshakes. And…gained a lot of weight back when I couldn’t get back on track. (womp wah)

Anywho, I decided since we no longer have a YMCA near us, I’d take advantage of our quiet neighborhood and start Couch to 5K again.

Back when I did Couch to 5K, iPhones weren’t all the rage. I think the 1st generation was out, but I was still using an iPod Nano for my workouts. There used to be a podcast of the C25K program, where it played annoying techno music, but heck, there was someone telling me when to run, walk, etc. so I used it.

Now, there are apps for the C25K program. The app I use was $2.99, but well worth it. I can run/walk to whatever music I want, and the app just fades in every minute or so to remind me what’s coming up, when to start running/walking/etc. I love it. It also tweets for me when I’m done with my workout, so I can be an attention w***e about this stuff. Y’all, it takes a lot of energy to move this 300 pound body, (well currently 289, but close enough) so I want to brag! :-)

This is my favorite part of the whole workout…COOL DOWN. AKA done! Finished. Go home.  

Now, here’s how my three runs went for week one.

First run – I took Millie with me. Hello stupid. Don’t take your dog with you unless they know how to run at a decent pace. My dog’s speeds are walk and sniff or RUN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. It wore me out and wore her out 2/3rds of the way into the workout. At one point, she stopped in front of the house and wouldn’t move (she knows where home is…smart dog). She was done. So, I brought her inside and finished the last two runs on my own. At that point, I was just dragging my feet and just struggling to get through to the end. The next day I was super sore in my left arm (where I had her leash) and my legs. I learned an important lesson that stretching needs to happen. Has to…or my thighs will feel terrible the next day.

Second run – Millie did the warm-up with me (I extended it to 10 minutes so she can get a good pulling/walking workout in), then I brought her inside. These runs seemed to drag, but I tried to challenge myself to run a little faster and walk with a little more pep in my step. My neighbors saw me mid-run #7, and I’m sure I looked like death. I stretched more that evening, and discovered that Millie likes to lick sweaty arms and legs (ugh). The next day, the soreness I had from run 1 was gone. :-)

Third run – Millie did the warm-up with me again for 10 minutes, and back inside she went to lay that belly on the cold floor. :-) This time, the runs weren’t so bad, but I had to slow down my between-run walks because I was just gasping for air for some reason. I was a little embarrassed that people in my neighborhood who were outside could probably hear me trying to catch my breath. Oh well. At the end of the third run, I had this pretty scenery to stare at.

Gorgeous sunset, no?

So, my thoughts. I knew this week would be hard, and whoa….it was. I also know that I’m running very slow at the moment, but I know I’m taking baby steps in the right direction. I’m a little unsure if I should move on to week 2, or do week 1 again, but I’m so excited that this is the beginning of something great. I know I can do this!


  1. What a great week of workouts! I’m impressed that on the first day you dropped Millie off and had the determination to finish up on your own! You are ready for this change!

    AND, don’t worry about your neighbors. You are taking care of yourself and doing what you need to do to get fit. When I’m running and I see people out walking/running who look like they are out of breath, just beginning, or in pain it makes me smile because I’m so happy to see them taking action to get healthy. It is inspiring to see others embracing an active lifestyle. You never know, you might actually be insipring them!

    • Thanks! I really am! I feel like I’m just as motivated as I was for the wedding. :-) (Thank goodness!)

      Thanks for the extra encouragement! One of my neighbors did tell me she wants to get back into running again, actually! I hope I’m inspiring a few people along the way. :-)

  2. YAY! I managed to get as far as Week 4, Day 3 from Dec. 1-Jan 20 before my sinus surgery sidelined me. I took 2.5 weeks off, which was probably too long. I went back to Week 3, Day 3 today and it was killer! Going to try to move on to Week 4, Day 1 sometime later this week …
    I would say try to move ahead to Week 2 and see how you do! I’m worried every time I take a step up, but I always find I can do more than I think I can.

  3. Better to be SORE than to be SORRY! Congrats on Week 1 and wedding-like motivation!

  4. You have inspired me. You did an awesome job for your first week. I was out of breath with you when you were explaining how you felt. I willry the challenge too. I hope I can stick with it. Keep up the hard work. You are doing Awesome.

  5. Go you!!! The first week is the hardest, but you will see you will be looking forward to running (and I only did 2 weeks) I’m looking forward to starting up again after bebe2.

    You will reach your goal. don’t get discouraged! You are on the right track.

    • Thanks! I know it’s going to take a long time to lose this, but I keep thinking about the months I’ve wasted saying “I can’t do this.” So many people have done this before…I just need to step up and do this!

  6. Congrats on finishing week 1! It’s truly the hardest week there is… keep going and you are going to do GREAT!!!

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