Monday, April 8, 2013

Doing a Couch to 5K


Oh Ann Perkins, you beautiful intelligent being. Yes, I am training for a 5k and yes, it is the worst.

Just kidding guys, it's not that bad! The jogging part is hard. But the Couch to 5K app makes it pretty doable. For those of you who have never heard of couch to 5k before, you can download an app on your phone that over the course of nine weeks gradually eases you into running three miles without stopping and then you should be ready to run a 5k. I very much started in the "couch" phase and just did my first week four run this morning and for the first time in a long time ran for five minutes without stopping. Twice! And yes, this was me:



But, like the app told me I would, I was able to do it. At this point it's hard to see myself jogging three miles without stopping, but I'm going to trust the app and keep going.

So, why am I suddenly running a 5k? For a good cause of course! My cousin who is in the middle of fighting brain cancer right now, and being super amazing at it I might add, proposed doing this 5k in Atlantic City over Mother's Day weekend and my entire family jumped up and was like:


So I've got a great cause and an amazing team with the coolest name: Crush Cancer with Carolyn and an excuse to do something fun with my extended family. Which is making me want to say one more time:

Yes, Bones is my favorite guilty pleasure.
Those things are all definitely helping me keep up with the three times a week jogs. I'll keep you all updated on how the further weeks and then of course the actual 5k goes. But I'm curious as a 5k newbie, what should I expect on the day of the race? I'd love to hear your jogging stories and tips in the comments and if you've ever tried the Couch to 5k app either. Let's chat!

16 comments:

  1. The first (only) 5K race I did knocked nearly ten minutes off my PB cause I run much better around other runners! (lets not add that I could hardly breathe by the end mind...) Good luck! :)

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    1. Ooh, that's exciting! I hope that happens to me too :)

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  2. I keep thinking about going the couch to 5k but, although I walk everywhere, I don't think I have run since I was in school. So pathetic. Anyway, you totally rock and I'm sure you'll do amazingly. I hope you cousin makes a full recovery xo

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    1. Thank you so much Alice! You sound totally couch, just like me! If you're thinking about it, I say give it a try. They really do ease you into the running and it can feel pretty satisfying :)

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  3. I started the C25K program again last week (for the third time) and love it. It really does making it easy to get back out there and run.

    Good luck with your race!

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    1. Awesome! Did you finish the program the other two times? Just curious. :)

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    2. Technically, no I did not finish the program. I think it was around week 6 that I started to falter, but only when following the program. If I just went out on a run and didn't worry about time or distance I was able to run almost 3 miles without walking and at a fairly decent pace.

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  4. I tried doing Couch to 5k and LITERALLY thought I was going to die. (A little Chris Traeger to go with your Ann Perkins there!) No, seriously, I did though. I had to stop. I think I have to be a bit more fit before trying again. It was all kinds of bad. Good luck with yours though. I've heard tons of success stories and I'm sure you'll be one!

    Also, Bones is my fave. You made me squeal with that gif. :D

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    1. Haha Chris and Ann together forever! Literally thinking you're going to die is the worst though. Also, yay Bones forever too!

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  5. I attempted the Couch to 5k last summer, but kept getting sidelined by my wacky schedule, vacations, and shin splints. I ended up doing the first few weeks several times but not really progressing beyond that. I fully intend to give it another go once the weather warms up a bit. Good luck to you and your race! I'd love to make it through the whole program.

    Also, it's nice to know I'm not the only person under 50 who loves Bones! (Seriously, every time I tell a friend they're like "oh, my parents love that show.")

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  6. You will be great! On race days, there are so many people around you that they motivate you to keep going. Don't focus on the time at the end, just finishing it without trying to walk. It's the greatest feeling! I will come back and run with you when I am done and help you cross the finish line!!!!!!

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  7. That app sounds great, I'll have to look into that! And well done for helping such a great cause :) Also, I love how you use GIFs in your posts, it does make me laugh. x

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  8. I just started running again and I will absolutely download the app. Physically I felt awful for hours after my first 5K, so train to go further so your body isnt in shock. 5K is my marathon. I cant imagine doing more, but I am ready to start training again.

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    1. Please let us know if your run is accepting donations for the cause!

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  9. Good luck! I did c25k and finishing the race is an amazing feeling. Don't worry about speed, is my advice - just keep going. Speed will come later, but you have to get used to spending that time going through the motions of running first. Oh, and promise yourself little rewards for reaching milestones - buy a nice necklace you've had your eye on once you can run for 20 minutes without stopping, for example, and maybe invest in some snazzy running kit after you've done your first 5k to keep you motivated!

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