My Couch To 5K Journey

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve been having a lot of problems in the motivation department lately, especially when it comes to my health. As I’ve mentioned recently, I’m probably as big as I’ve ever been as an adult and that, my friends, just isn’t health OR attractive.

And I love Sunshine to death, but for whatever reason her efforts to get my ass moving and doing things in a healthier way just haven’t been working. It’s totally NOT her, for the record…it’s 100% on me and my “funk” that I’ve been in.

Late last week, however, a really good friend asked if I could help them get motivated for trying the Couch-To-5K app that they downloaded. They wanted to work up to running a 5K race in June.

I can’t explain why, but that was the kick in the ass that I needed as motivation. Here we were…two people training at the same time at the same pace for the same end goal. My friend compared it to a guy who was having trouble quitting smoking. His wife pleaded with him to do it, but he just couldn’t bring himself to try. A buddy then came along and suggested they try quitting together…and that’s what it took.

Regardless of the reason, I’m now two days into my Couch-2-5K training and I’ll be honest: it sucks!

I was hurting in various places after Day One. My friend was also sore…but they didn’t do as much stretching as I did because I felt better as the day went on where they still felt sore.

I’m considering signing up for a 5K race in May, which doesn’t give me a ton of time to prepare. The app says I should be ready in nine weeks…I guess we’ll see. My friend is running a 5K in June, so we’re both going all-out with this and we’re like a couple of school kids training for the under-12 track-n-field event.

And by “all out”, I’m starting up my own online diary to track my daily activities. This isn’t just to keep myself honest and accountable, but it’s also for anybody else out there who might be nervous or scared or unmotivated to get up off the couch and do this themselves. Honestly…if I can do it, ANYBODY can do it!!

Here’s the diary: CBG Couch to 5K

I also decided to put this one on a separate blog so that my multiple diary posts don’t clog up on my personal blog. I really want this to be a journal of my ups and downs as I go forward towards the goal of actually running in a 5K race.

I’m currently at 234lbs…which is only six pounds under my all-time heaviest weight. My short-term goal is to get back down to 220lbs. My long-term goal is to get to 200lbs. But really, this isn’t about losing weight at this point. This is about getting out of the funk I’ve been in and getting out there and grabbing life by the balls. I’m tired of coming up with excuse after excuse. The time for words is done. The time for action begins now!!

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9 thoughts on “My Couch To 5K Journey

  1. I’m on week 7 of C25K, and I just hit my first week of all long runs wih no intervals. Give yourself some time to work through it and repeat a week if necessary – I repeated at least 2 of the weeks (so I technically should be on week 9, but I’m glad I chose the pace I did). Stretch really well before and after, and stick to it. I don’t love running yet, but there is a huge feeling of accomplishment – especially after I completed my 22 minute run on Saturday. 8 weeks ago I could have never done that!

    Also, I’m not focusing on the speed at the moment, just the time. I’m pacing about a 13-14 minute mile at this point, which is a good 3-4 minutes slower than the app suggests. Do what works for you, find some good music, and if you can run outside, it helps!

    1. Hi Alicia.

      I really do appreciate the comments! I definitely don’t want to over-do things and I have already anticipated having to repeat a week, if necessary.

      22 minutes straight? Wow…that’s awesome!

      I’m running outside and have music blaring in my ears, so right now all is good.

      Let me know when you complete your 5K! I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

  2. CBG, I read often, don’t comment but I had to with this one. I did the C25K myself. A year ago. I did it 9 weeks before the 5K I signed up for. I did it! You can too. I had never exercised a day in my life, I swear. Keep at it. It gets easier. You will be so proud of yourself that at the end you’re actually running a half hour straight. Trust me (even though you don’t know me). It works. Stick with it!

    1. This is the kind of comment that I truly appreciate and was hoping to receive from this diary blog of mine.

      THANK YOU.

      I appreciate the words of encouragement. Congratulations on your 5K!!

  3. YAY For getting started. sometimes just starting is the hardest part, I think. I love that you are doing this and being publicly accountable, sometimes that level of accountability is just what works best for motivation! good luck!!

  4. If you’ll recall, I documented my own 5k’s, bike rides and eventually triathlons. I was NEVER an athlete but, as you said, someone asked me to train with them and I just thought, “why not?”

    I’m very proud of you. Besides, a goal set and accomplished because YOU DECIDED is a lot easier for motivation than someone saying you have to.

    You GO!

  5. I came across your blog from T’s blog. The C25K grabbed my attention. I did C25K last summer and currently am working on their 10K app. I wax and wane between good and lazy ass weeks. But I know I am a much better wife and mother when I work out. I am as slow as molasses, but I can run 4 mikes now. I honestly never thought I’d run a mile straight! Keep up the hard work…and it is hard. But six months from now, you will look back and be amazed at your progress. I can’t wait to follow your progress!

    1. Wow…that’s awesome, Jeanne! I certainly do appreciate you sharing your story with me. This is the type of story I really hope helps motivate me during my “lazy ass weeks”.

      Thanks for commenting!

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