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To live a better story: do SOMETHING every day.

I’ve learned a lot about myself in the past few months. I’m learning how to live a better story from Donald Miller.

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A big part of that story {at least, a part that is on my mind a lot} is health and fitness. Specifically: the kind of “character” I am in my own health and fitness story. A character is what she does. What am I doing?

The last time I blogged, I had just started on the 30 Day Challenge with my Team Beachbody coach, and friend, Krystal. I completely forgot that I had blogged about it. So: update. I completed the challenge– replacing one meal a day with shakeology and working out 3-5x a week– and although I didn’t see a change in my weight, I *did* see a change in my body. My *after* pictures showed some definite progress. {Still not sharing them, though. Sorry.}

Ever since March, I have been replacing one meal a day {usually breakfast} with Shakeology. April was pretty uneventful– I tried to continue with challenging myself and doing more T25 and running– but I didn’t have the same kind of drive as I did in March. Then May came around and my husband decided we should do an Ab Challenge. It was simple: do 75 crunches a day. I made a little calendar and stuck it on our fridge and every day that we completed the challenge, we marked it off on the sheet. Well– I totally beat him. By quite a few days! {Thursdays really killed him.}

Here’s the thing, though: I found something that worked! A little homemade calendar with a challenge/goal– something visual to which I was accountable. I also started recording my measurements weekly and continued with Shakeology. June, however, was not as successful as May. I tried to be specific– run 3 days a week, yoga 2 times a week. It didn’t work as well, and I found it really easy to get discouraged on down on myself. It was easier to skip days and make excuses.

 

My July schedule is working much better though. The goal was simple: do SOMETHING every day.

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It’s simple, and it’s worked. Sure, there have been a few days that I haven’t– but if you compare July to April or June, you see far fewer “Rest” days. {AKA: Nothing Days}. Especially in the last two weeks.  I was motivated by someone on a podcast– I wish I could be more specific but I can’t remember which celebrity or which podcast– who said that their goal is to simply do something active every day. I thought to myself: “they have no excuse to not work out if that’s their goal…” and suddenly, that was my goal. There have been a few days where my “active” is walking all day around the zoo (it counts!), but really, I love that I can choose what my activity is for that day. Something about not having a predetermined workout for me just works better. If I notice that I’ve only run once already that week, it’s easier to decide that I should run that day. I’m running closer to my goal of 3x a week, without telling myself I *have* to run 3x a week. I also started PiYO this week– which is awesome.

 

Moving forward in August, my goals are very simple: lose weight and get ready for half marathon training. {Have I mentioned I’m running a half marathon? My friend, Katie, convinced me that a 1/2 marathon would be a good idea by packaging it as a “girls weekend away.” I bought it and although there will be six of us girls going, only Katie and I are running… Hmmm…}.

I signed up for the Veteran’s Day 10k again this fall, so by November I should be up to running 5 miles consistently- which is where I need to be to start training for a half. I’ve already decided on the reward I plan to give myself for completing the half:

Isn’t it cute? I love AMR.

It’s funny that even though my weight hasn’t changed since March, I feel good. I feel healthier. Sure– I wish I could get rid of some of this– and I’m sure I will… but for now, I’m celebrating my progress. I feel good. And that’s that.

I plan to continue with the same plan: do SOMETHING every day. I’ll be getting back to work, so it will get more challenging. But when your goal is to just “do SOMETHING active,” it’s easier to find the motivation.It works for me, any way.

 

I think the health and fitness story I’m living is getting better all the time. Stay tuned.

30 Day Challenge: Day 1

My friend and fourth cousin, Krystal, is a Team Beachbody coach and invited me to participate in a challenge she’s doing with some other ladies. I’ve been wanting to give Shakeology a try and this seemed like a great opportunity to do so.

 

Why the challenge?

I lost all of my baby weight while I was breastfeeding, but after I stopped, ten of those pounds slowly and steadily crept back on. I’m well aware that I can afford those 10 pounds and I probably get some eye rolls when I talk about wanting to lose a few pounds, like I’m Regina George or something. But seriously: I’m just not happy about it. If I were honest, what I’m really not happy about is how inactive I am– especially in the winter. I made a big deal about doing Insanity in January and February, and although I did a few times, it wasn’t a consistent thing. There’s something about doing a 30 Day Challenge that appeals to me though. I think it’s biggest appeal is that it’s a finite number of days. It has a start and an end. What happens at the end? Well, hopefully the weather is warmer and I can start training for my multiple 5k’s I’ve already signed up for. In any case– I can do anything for 30 days. If I just decide to make a weekly routine, which is the approach I’ve been taking for a while, it doesn’t seem to work as nicely. I feel like I can talk myself out of exercising a lot easier that way. “There’s always next week…”  I give myself too many outs. With a challenge, and a support group that I am supposed to “report” to, I’m more apt to care.

Plus, it has the added bonus of being a challenge. I found myself really looking forward to it. Having specific goals is always a good motivator, but having a time frame and plan of attack helps. So Krystal invited me to the challenge– it’s simple: you need to replace one meal a day with Shakeology and to workout 4-5 times a week. From there, I determined the best days (and times of day) for working out with my schedule, and the best meals to replace on a given day. Most days will be breakfast, but there are a few that will be dinner shakes! My plan is a semi-flexible schedule that fits in two rest/cheat days.

 

Progress

I’m hoping that by the end of this challenge, I’ll be on my way to where I want to be.  Today was Day 1 and the weather is actually warm, so I had planned to go for a run. Well, my son picked up a nice contagious illness that was going around his school, so my morning to myself disintegrated. I did T25 cardio instead, and I’ve just been staring longingly out the windows all day. There’s snow coming tomorrow… but I know that Spring is coming. Today helped remind me of that. FOCUS T25 is kind of awesome, and I especially love that it’s only 25 minutes. How can you talk yourself out of it? Everyone has 25 minutes.

I took some “Day 1” pictures this morning, and while I don’t think they’re horrible, I’m not brave enough to share them. Here’s to hoping my Day 30 picture will go alongside and will be an improvement worthy of throwing up on the blog. 🙂 Ha!

 

Until next time, aloha!

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So far, in 2014…

I have run two miles so far in 2014. Yes, just two.

I live in Wisconsin, and in case you’ve been living under a rock, you should know about that thing called the Polar Vortex. We had some historically-record-low cold days in January. I already dislike running in any weather colder than 50 degrees… and even the most die-hard runners don’t run in sub-zero temps. I was able to escape the arctic weather in the beginning of the month. I was supposed to return to work for two days before taking off for our family vaca, but thanks to our Polar Vortex friend, my winter break was extended by those two days (and my resulting break was three and a half glorious weeks) and we headed south to the Caribbean. Our family went to Beaches Turks & Caicos, and it was amazing. My family had been before when I was in eighth grade, but the place was twice as big as the last time we were there. It was relaxing and beautiful and perfect.

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Any way, I packed my running gear with the intention to run at the resort. And I did. Once.

The fitness schedule at the resort had three different runs on it. All in the morning at 6:00. Two were “trail runs” and one was a beach run. I already knew I wasn’t cut out for beach runs. I don’t like the uneven terrain. I got out of bed for one of the two trail runs, though, and had high hopes. The unfortunate part was that the resort’s trainer runs a 10k in my average 5k pace. So he is literally twice as fast as me. There were only two other resort guests on the run, and they were able to keep up with him pretty well. And me? I lost them about a mile in, and I was ready to die– because I started way too fast.

I’m usually pretty good at amping up my speed when I’m running with people who are faster than me, but these people were way too fast. I finished the first 2-mile loop (at least I think I did… I had to guess what the second half of the loop was, since I lost the group), and I went back to the room to get breakfast with my boys. I didn’t get up for the second trail run.

 

Well- I returned to Chiberia, and rather than resign to the dreaded treadmill, I have been doing some Insanity workouts. They’re really challenging and I feel good when they’re over– just like running. So I’ve decided rather than do one of two things I despise– run in the cold or run on the treadmill– I’ll do Insanity (which really lives up to its name- FYI) for January and February, and then run in March when the weather gets nearer to the 40-degree mark. I’m making the determination now that 40-degrees is acceptable. (And after the winter we’ve been having, I’m sure that first run or two will feel downright tropical).

In related news, I have about ten pounds of post-baby weight hanging around. I had made it back to my pre-baby weight around Skip’s first birthday, but slowly over the course of the next year, by his second birthday, I had put ten back on. I’d like to lose at least half of that. It’s not necessary- I’m not overweight- but it’s a personal goal. For starters, I decided I’d log my calories every day. I use the My Fitness Pal app, which gives me a realistic calorie goal to healthfully reach my target weight. I haven’t done much to change my eating habits quite yet- they aren’t necessarily horrible to begin with- but awareness of what your food is actually “worth” towards your daily total is a fantastic place to start. I’ve already altered the way I approach certain meals, especially lunches, with the mindset of what I’m in the mood for at dinner. A la, “can I afford (calorie-wise) this?”

 

I’m making progress on my goals to be a #FitMom in 2014.

{Other than the four brownies I ate at our Marriage Retreat we went on this weekend… but those calories don’t count.}

I have already signed up for the Color Run, and I’m making a decision as to what my first 10k for the year will be– I’m debating a few. I look forward to the warmer weather (I’m sad that I’ve resigned to 40 degrees being acceptably “warm”) because I’m itching to run. Until then, I’m letting Shaun T. challenge and motivate me.

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Progress Update: June

We’re already well into July, so I figured I better get my June progress update up. Why has it taken a while? Well, for starters, I have been busy this month getting HIRED. Yep, that’s right. I got a job. I’ll be teaching third grade this fall, and I am super excited about it.

The other two reasons I have for lagging behind in getting this posted are:

1. We went on vacation at the beginning of the month.

2. It’s embarrassing, like usual, to admit that I didn’t meet my mileage goals.

 

There are 30 days in June, but I did not run 30 miles. I did, however, start training for a fall 10k. My friend and super-runner, Katie, wrote me a training plan to have me running 6.2 miles by November– and this helped me log some consistent miles at the end of the month. Alas, my total for June? 19 miles.

 

I’m starting to realize that I probably won’t meet my 365 goal, but I’m letting that realization sit in the back of my mind so that I don’t lose motivation to keep going, keep running. The goal of the 365 miles wasn’t just to log miles, but to get me running more often, and at that, I have succeeded so far. And I’m always getting better. So, even still, I am proud of myself.

 

So far in July, I’m doing well, just battling with the heat. Some of my runs have been hot with a capital H. It’s a tremendous advantage, though, to have someone sending me my runs for the week. It was something I was having a hard time recreating this year. Training for my first 5k was “easy” when I had an app telling me what to do on every run– the only mind game I had to play was getting myself out the door. The mind games doubled when I was no longer doing the program, because not only did I have to get myself out the door, but I had to give myself some sort of “objective” for each run, and that’s difficult when you’re struggling for the motivation to just DO IT in the first place. Katie has taken on this role for me and is the one telling me what to do every week, and it’s a big help.

{Thanks, Katie!}

Here’s to July, the heat, and adding some miles. Cheers!

 

2013 Miles Goal: 365

Miles Run So Far: 102 (three digits!)

Miles to Go: 263 (I’m pretending this isn’t real life.)

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Progress Update: May

May started out great. My goal was to simply be on par for the month: 31 miles in 31 days. I wasn’t too concerned with getting ahead just yet. It was simply important to not be behind for yet another month.

 

That lasted for most of the month. I was ahead or right on track up until the Color Run. I ran the Color Run (review coming soon- it was awesome!) on the 25th and the last run I clocked for the month was the next day, the 26th. Then I fell off the metaphorical wagon.

 

I have no excuses. I could blame my husband for being extraordinarily busy and away from home for the last week of the month, but I know there was at least one afternoon in which I had an hour to myself and could have gotten a short 2-miles in. (BUT, this day happened to be my and Jonah’s anniversary, and I had worn a dress to work. I was having an exceptionally good hair day– which is rare– why would I screw that up with getting sweaty and having to shower again?)

 

I’ve worked a lot in the past two weeks, too, because the school year is coming to a close, and with the end of a school year comes the end of sub jobs for the summer. These are just excuses, though, and really, I just got into a spiral of laziness that often seems to accompany running a race. I’ll take the next week “off.” I tried to counteract this with a run the very next day, but it didn’t help much. I still took the last week of the month off.

 

So my total for May was 22.25 miles. That’s 8.75 miles less than what would’ve kept me on track for the month. Not terrible, but not great, since I’m already so far behind for the year.

 

As if this wasn’t bad enough, the first week of June has been cold and rainy and a huge motivation killer. I have a plan to get back on track for the month. I just need the weather to cooperate.

 

I’m just waiting for it to feel like summer. I’ve never been more motivated to live somewhere other than Wisconsin than I have been this “Spring.” We’re lucky around here if we get a full three months of summer. I’m so done with this weather.

 

I am not done with running, though. So here’s to a good June– I’m behind, but I’m not out of the game just yet.

 

2013 Miles Goal: 365

Miles Run So Far: 83

Miles to Go: 280

Progress Update: April

Jet-lag is a cruel, cruel joke. It’s hard enough to leave Hawaii to come home to flat, boring Wisconsin. It’s another thing to feel incapacitated for three days trying to readjust to losing five hours. I recently read that for every time zone you cross, it takes one day to recover. I flew across five time zones to get back home, so… I suppose I shouldn’t be “adjusted” until Saturday. Which feels about right. My brain is like mush and all I want to do is lay around. I’m forcing myself to do otherwise, though, in the hopes that tomorrow I’ll feel somewhat “normal.”

 

In an attempt to distract myself from wanting to take a nap, I’ve decided to post an update on my progress for my 365 Goal.

 

As I’ve mentioned in my last two posts, the beginning of April was stellar. I wasn’t making up for lost miles, but I was at least keeping up with the “one mile a day” strategy. I wasn’t literally running a mile a day, but I was averaging the 7 miles per week by running three days a week.

 

Then the dreaded “still winter” season killed my outdoor running plans, I worked a lot, and all motivation was lost. I was really looking forward to going to Hawaii. I have a special love for running in Hawaii. Perhaps it is because that is where I first learned to run. Perhaps it is because it is paradise and any “normal” thing you do in paradise is just automatically twice as sweet. Any way, while I wasn’t motivated to run here, I was certainly motivated to get some miles in during my time in Hawaii– thinking that I still had some time to add to my mileage for April.

 

Well, we flew out on April 29th, and we didn’t run on the 30th, so all of my Hawaii runs count for May.

 

April’s totals are, therefore, disappointing. I ran just 16.5 miles. Boo.

That’s less than March, and I was really counting on having my totals go up from March through the summer. So it’s a tad discouraging.

 

{Are you sick of my failures yet? I sure am!}

 

I got pretty far ahead in May already, so I was able to have these few days to recover without needing to worry about making up for miles. Starting this weekend, though, I’m going to need to start working hard to keep up and hopefully get ahead again for the month.

 

The Color Run is at the end of this month, and I finally signed up for the Dirty Girl Mud Run in June. There’s a MRTT virtual 5k happening in July, and in August I’m planning on doing the Electric Run. Keeping the races coming in a steady stream gives me no excuse to not keep at it– which is kind of the point.

 

Even if I don’t make my mileage for the year (the year isn’t half over yet, and even though I’m incredibly behind, I’m choosing to not be pessimistic) I’m still proud of all that I’ll accomplish. I’ll have quite a few races under my belt, and I’ve already run quite a bit more than last year. “Slow and steady” doesn’t win timed races, but it wins a different kind of race: the one against your lazy self. So I’m not taking a nap today. I might even run.

 

Stay tuned!

 

2013 Miles Goal: 365

Miles Run So Far: 60.75

Miles to Go: 260

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A Little Nudge

On Thursday, I began writing a post about my lack of motivation. I had an awesome start to the month of April– on the 11th, I had run 11 miles. I wasn’t making up for lost miles, but at least I was on par with what I needed to do for the month. (Remember, 365 miles is 1 mile per day, so I was good for the month so far!) Well, then we were hit with two weeks of cold and rain, and suddenly, I was running just once per week. Losing about 5 miles per week kills motivation real quick!

 

So there I sat on Thursday. I was writing a self-pitying post about how even though it was sunny outside, it was really windy, and I probably wasn’t going to run that day. I was feeling pretty guilty about it– I hadn’t run since the previous Wednesday!– and suddenly, I heard my computer make that weird ‘bloop!’ noise that it makes when someone messages you on Facebook. It was a friend wondering if I wanted to meet her at 4pm for a run around Lake Andrea.

I had already showered. Already resigned myself to the fact that I wasn’t going to run that day. Already given up. But I couldn’t bring myself to say no or to make an excuse that wasn’t really an excuse. I knew I needed to just do it. So I went.

 

And then I went again on Saturday.

 

Granted, Saturday was like 63 degrees and it wasn’t hard to get motivated, but I think running on Thursday had a lot to do with getting out there again yesterday. Running, for me, is habitual. I either run often, or not at all, for stretches at a time. Going out just once motivates me to get out there again.

 

So the next time I find myself in the state I found myself on Thursday, I pray that someone just asks me to run again. Because really, that’s all it took. A little nudge.

 

I’ll post a longer blog about this at some point, but I have come to the realization that running isn’t just a solo sport, as I had always imagined it was. Like most things, it’s often better with friends.

 

If you’re trying to talk yourself into running today, why not ask a friend to join you? Maybe he or she needs that nudge just as much as you do.

Weather Setbacks

Well, we had a few nice days at the end of March and beginning of April. I was running outside! I was on track for miles for the month! It was glorious!

 

Then… THIS happened.

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{TMJ4 Storm Team iContribute Photo Gallery}

 

I know, I know. “April showers bring May flowers.” Screw that, though. It’s not just rainy. It’s rainy, windy, and COLD. Spring in Wisconsin isn’t that beautiful, unless you’re talking the last few days/weeks of May and first few weeks of June. But barely a month of spring-type weather qualifies as Spring. They like to joke that the four seasons in Wisconsin are: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.

 

We’re in “still winter.” As such, I lost the great start I had at the beginning of the month. If I weren’t such a baby, I’d run in the cold rain. I’m not that hardcore. I’d like to be, one day, but for now: I made a little bit of time to go run on the treadmill this week. It’s the much less convenient alternative, because I have to do it over Skip’s nap and I worked almost every day this week. So I was only able to run the one day I had off.

 

I’m behind for the month. I’m behind for the year, really, but I’m just focusing on months at a time.

{It’s a little less motivation-killing to do it that way.}

 

This just further solidifies the fact that we need to live somewhere that I can run outside year-round. This treadmill business is getting old, fast. It was fine for the beginning of the C25K program, because it varied and kept me interested, but just running for 25 minutes on the treadmill? Yeah, that sucks. Even if you are watching TV. The bouncing doesn’t help.

 

In any case, I’m still optimistic that the summer will yield better mileage for me. I find myself in the same kind of anticipation for summer that I experienced as a kid. Maybe it’s because I’m subbing, so I’m in the same environment I was as a kid, but I’ve HAD. IT. with this rain and cold. I’ve checked out of the present. I’m nostalgically longing for warmth, sunshine, and the ability to open my windows.

 

As I’m typing this, I glanced up and there are snow flurries fluttering around outside. Why do I live here?!

 

I just want to run.

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Also:I would feel it remiss to not mention how much the city of Boston and the runners, spectators, and citizens there are in my heart and on my mind. I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t already been said, nor do I feel that I have any sort of adequate words to utter in response. I found Patton Oswalt’s and Stephen Colbert’s to be two of the more succinct and resonating responses. As someone who is slowly working her way up to running longer distances, I know that the chance of ever qualifying to run the Boston Marathon is far off and perhaps unreachable for me. It hasn’t stopped me from putting it on my Bucket List of Runs. My heart aches for those there for the first time. For those there for the last time. For those there to cheer on their loved ones. For those there that took years to qualify. Just to have their moment of accomplishment taken from them. It’s awful.

 

I texted my husband on Monday when I heard the news and asked, “What kind of world do we live in?!” That statement was one of disgust at the ugly and hate that exists, but in the aftermath, I know that the ugly and hateful are small in number, though their actions may have monumental consequences. The beautiful and kind and supportive are larger in number, as we’ve seen over the past week, and I’m grateful to live in a country that will be at odds with each other over an elected official but will come together when it matters.


Every step I run towards my goal this year will be a prayer for Boston and for the future, moving forward.

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Progress Update: March

March was a lot better than January and February for running. I could thank myself for making me accountable to the interwebs via starting this blog, but who wants to read about me patting myself on the back?

 

{Pat. Pat.}

 

In any case, I ran much more regularly in March than I had in the two previous months. I made trips to my mom’s to use the treadmill during Skip’s naptimes. I ran twice during my quick long-weekend trip to Florida. It might have had something to do with restarting the Couch-to-5k program {ok, it had a lot to do with that. Here’s some pats for my friends’  backs who are doing that with me}. It might have also  had something to do with training because I needed to run a 5k at the end of the month. (The review of which I’ll post either later this week or next week.)

 

The weather still sucked, so I ran most of the month on the treadmill. Running outside those two times in Florida was heavenly– and reminded me that I need to live somewhere where that is a reality year round. The end of March warmed up a bit, and I was able to run outside once before running the 5k, which was also outdoors. 40 degrees is not balmy, but it’s tolerable.

 

We really lucked out with the location of our new condo. There is a really nice little trail just across the street from our complex. It’s perfect to have something like that right out of our front door. The local high school girls’ track team was out there running when I went the first time. It was motivating to not look like a fool in front of teenage girls. Because we all know how judgmental teenage girls can be.

 

Still: running outside for the first time all winter was a little tough. My body had to re-acclimate. It was tough, and I was expecting the 5k just two days later to be just as tough, but surprisingly, it wasn’t bad at all. I guess I was able to acclimate pretty quickly. Good news!

 

I’m grateful that the weather is finally warming up. I’m crossing my fingers it doesn’t drop a foot of snow on us in the middle of April. {It could happen. This is Wisconsin, after all.}

I’m also pretty pleased with my mileage this month. This month I ran 21 miles. It’s not exactly on target, but it’s better than the two previous months. I’m only 10 miles behind for the month.  I’m hoping to focus on getting ahead over the warmer months so that I can have some leeway in the fall when it starts getting cold again.

 

{I don’t want to think about that right now, though.}

 

Stay tuned!

 

 

2013 Miles Goal: 365

Miles Run So Far: 44.25

Miles to Go: 320.75

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Couch to 5k Restart

Jonah and I belong to a fantastic little group of couples which we affectionately call our Sunday Night Dinner Friends. We get together every other Sunday night for dinner and conversation, and it is one of my favorite things that we do. A few weeks ago, we decided that instead of meeting as a whole group, we’d split up and have separate Girls’ and Guys’ Nights.

The girls and I met up at a pretty awesome local place downtown and we had some stellar dinner and girl time.

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I couldn’t resist the grilled cheese cheeseburger… {When in Rome!} We shared the s’mores dessert, because really, how cool is that?

I also had a very delicious cranberry ale and a blackberry-pear cider. We need to go back a few more times because there are so many items on the menu I have to try…


Any way.
At one point, the conversation touched on running. One of the ladies was talking about how she was going to run in the Color Run this year and one of the other ladies was discussing how she was going to have a “porch party” for that run as the course will go right by her house. We talked about our running plans for the year. One of our other friends said she wanted to start running, the porch-party friend is training for a half-marathon (she’s our resident legit runner) and I talked about my small list of runs I want to do this year.

A few days later, my porch-party friend emailed all of us with a fun suggestion: let’s train together! She mentioned that even though we likely wouldn’t be able to coordinate well enough to run together very often (we are all mamas with lots on our plates), it helps to have other people doing the same thing that you are. She has taken the lead to coordinate us and thus, I have found myself restarting the Couch to 5k program!

Starting Over?
I debated whether to start in the middle or not. Ultimately, I decided I’d start fresh. Why not, right? Our plan was to start training 12 weeks before the Color Run, which inevitably ended up being the first week of March. I had motivated myself enough to run a mile on March 1st, and on March 3rd (a Sunday) I did Week 1, Day 1 of Couch-to-5k. It was pretty easy, but the interval were fun and kept it from being too boring, considering I was doing it on the treadmill. I ended up running through a few of the “walk” portions in order to make it a full 2 mile run.

So far, I’m happy to have restarted the program. It gives me two things I have been lacking thus far in progressing with my goal:

  1. a reason to get some mileage by being accountable to some other ladies to keep it up,
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  2. a necessity to find the time to run three times a week


The first week, last week, I ran twice. I did Days 1 & 2 early in the week but didn’t end up doing Day 3… a whirlwind of sickness hit my little family. My little one had an unexplained rash and fever that landed us in the ER and the awful cold that my husband and son were passing around finally took me down for a few days. My head felt like it was 20 pounds and I couldn’t breathe through my nose– which, of course, is a big deal for me… see previous post.

This week has been a tad tricky, I ran on Tuesday, but that was technically Week 1, Day 3… I’m heading down to Florida for a long weekend– starting TODAY!– and I plan to get in at least two runs while I’m down there, to take advantage of the warmer weather. I know some people don’t, but I so prefer to run in warm weather. {More on that later.}

I am SUPER proud and in awe of the other ladies. They are certainly doing better than I am! They run outside in the nasty, slushy winter weather. I’m a wuss. Altogether, though, I’m really glad to be restarting the program with them and to cheer each other on. Life is better with friends. Especially friends who encourage you to order the grilled cheese cheeseburger.

Until next time. 😉

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