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Couch to 5K – Week 4

Wow, it was a tough week. I was sick every time I went out this week. Mostly a head cold, but it did get down into my chest a bit. It definitely made it difficult, both physically & mentally. I pushed through though & I’m so glad that I did. I’m now running more than I am walking. From here on out the running definitely takes precedence over the walking & there are fewer walking breaks.

I’m feeling a lot better, but still not as well as I’d like to be. Praying that I continue to get good rest – the best medicine. I’m still not having any knee pain! Woohoo! I get a bit of pain in my left heel though – not while I’m running, but during the day after I’ve run. Strange. I don’t have great feet so it’s probably just par for the course.

For more information on the Couch to 5K program, click here.


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Couch to 5K – Week 3

It’s a thrill to make it through Week 3. The first time I did the Couch to 5K program it was on the third day that I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it home on my own. I developed bursitis in both of my knees & was in intense pain & barely able to walk for the next two weeks. So making it through Week 3 is amazing!

I am fighting a cold right now which was why I didn’t make it through my second try at Couch to 5K, but I am determined not to be derailed again. I had a really rough week, sleep-wise & I am sure that contributed to me getting sick. Last night we went to sleep when the boys did & slept through until morning. Eleven hours of sleep! That hasn’t happened for well over four years. I certainly never slept that long while I was pregnant with my first son & he just turned four! Definitely haven’t slept that long since we had kids. It was blissful & I am feeling good. Ready to take on Week 4.

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I Run in My Dreams – Couch to 5K, Week 1


This will be my third attempt at the Couch to 5K program. The first time I was derailed by bursitis in both knees, the second time I was derailed by a winter full of sickness. You can read about my previous attempts here.  I’m trying to keep my blogging presence more simplified, so I am including my running challenge in this blog. I will include here, what I wrote when I first started the program because it still holds true.

My Dreams
I admit that I have often mocked runners. I agreed with a quote that I read – “The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.” – Joan Rivers
Running just doesn’t look like much fun. However, it does seem pretty convenient & there is something that seems pretty cool & hardcore about it. I have always been a bit jealous.
When I was a child I loved to run – not in a fitness kind of way, I just loved to run. In school, I liked to run too. I was really good at sprints – it was fast, fun & I won. However, when we had to run around the school block 12 times, it didn’t seem as fun – distances were harder for me.
As I moved from elementary school to junior high – I quit participating in track. I kind of regret that now. But it is what it is. My body changed & I began to feel like I wasn’t meant to run. I love participating in sports, but running was pretty much off the agenda.
I tried running again after I finished high school, but it was a short-lived endeavour – we’re talking only a time or two.
Since then, I’ve done lots of different types of exercise – I actually really love to exercise, especially once I get started. I love doing elliptical machines because of the low impact. So that was that.
I’m not unfit, but with two babies under my belt, as it were, I’m sure not where I want to be.
And then there are the dreams. Not all the time, but sometimes, I have these dreams where I am just running. Lots of other stuff going on, but I’m running & I feel good & I feel confident & I feel like I could just keep running. I love how those dreams feel. I want to feel that in real life.
So with that all said, I’ve started a nine-week Couch to 5K program. It’s taken some schedule juggling so that I do it at a time that will consistently work for me, when the kids will be looked after & in a way that Colin & I both get all our usual stuff done. I know that it will be hard, especially at the beginning, so I am committing to the whole 9 weeks. I want to see if, in fact, I am a runner. I need to get to a place where I can run a distance consistently & then see if I am enjoying it.
If, at the end of 9 weeks, I don’t enjoy it, then it will have been a grand experiment & I will be grateful to have done it & I will move on. But who knows, maybe I am a runner.

Week 1
I did it! Up & at it so very early in the morning. It really is the only way I can make it work, it’s worth it. I actually love early mornings as long as I get some decent sleep the night before. The times I’ve been up & running in the past it has been mid-Winter – pitch dark, ice & snow on the ground. This has been a different experience. It’s nice to run in daylight, though I feel very exposed. It takes less time to get out the door when I don’t have to put on a jacket, hat, gloves & Yak Trax. I’m not worried about slipping on ice!

At the start of the program it’s hard to imagine that in a few weeks, I’ll be running for any amount of time greater than a minute at a time. I’ve seen the progression though, so I know it can be done. I’m excited. I also don’t want to get injured or sick again, & I really don’t want to fail this time.

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Here I Go…

I’m in a bit of a rut. I love my life. It’s different then I ever thought it would be, but it’s good. I am married to my best friend – he’s fun, funny, super smart & creative. I have two amazing boys who keep me on my toes. I am blessed to be able to stay home with my boys & I don’t want to take that for granted.

I have lots of ideas for things to do with the boys, some of them happen, some don’t.  I have lots of ideas for things that I want to do personally & creatively, some of them happen, a lot of them don’t. I respond well to challenges & competition. So I am setting out on an adventure to do more, be more & have a lot of fun. Hopefully along the way I will grow & learn.

My challenges will cover fashion, style, home-making, cooking, crafting, creating and physicality as well as some deeper issues of the spirit and soul.

Join me if you will & let me know if you want to join in on a challenge.