Wednesday, February 18, 2009

C25k: The dreaded week 5

In January 2007, my (then new) friend Sasha shared with me the world that is couch to 5k (c25k, if you're hip!) Since then, I've been telling her (and anyone who will listen) how much it has changed my life.

At the time, Big Sister was 13 months old, and I was still carrying around 12 lbs of my baby weight. I was getting more depressed by the minute, when Sasha sent me the spreadsheet she created for c25k. (We're totally 2 peas in a pod because I create spreadsheets to keep everything organized... I guess I have my accountant father to blame for that!)

The c25k program takes you from any athletic level (like couch potato, for example) to jogging a 5k in 9 wks. Okay, realistically, it took me more like 15 wks to complete it... and mostly because I spent a month on wk 5. But by that summer, I was not only down to my pre-preggo weight, I was actually more toned than before baby and I felt great! I kept running until spring of 2008, when I hit 20 wks pg with baby G-man.

I have started back up.... and even though it's MUCH harder to find the time to jog with 2 crazy kiddos, than it was with 1.... I'm trying to just be proud of anything I'm able to do. That being said, tonight I have the third jog of week 5, which is 20 min of straight jogging

Please send me your strength.... your ipod play list (I like anything with a good beat, or any kind of rap/hip hop - sometimes those elicit lyrics help, somehow?! I know that sounds crazy).... anything that could help!

And if you want more info, let me know.... because Sasha started the revolution and we can help get you started!


Natalie said...

I recently started the same program. I'm on week 3 right now. And I'm thinking I'm going to have to do it for at least 2 weeks. I can't quite run the whole 3 minutes yet. I know I know.. I am THAT out of shape. I feel like I need oxygen after only 90 seconds. I don't how I"m going to make the whole 20 minutes.

Amanda said...

I'm right there with you on week 5! My favorite power song to run to is Liz Phair- Extraordinary.~Amanda

TXMomma said...

Natalie - it's totally okay to do the same wk over and over. I actually did wk 3 twice this time because I had a hard time getting 3 jogs in a wk!

Amanda - thanks for the song idea! I'm going to download it tonight!

rizomomof4 said...

WOOOHOOO!! you can so do this not sure you would like any of my songs LOL but Pink has some good songs that get me going !

Heather said...

I am from Belton. It is smack dab in the middle of the state.

MaryBeth said...

May the force be with you! I cannot believe you jogged until 20 weeks with G-man. That is amazing! I am 23 weeks pg now and have trouble walking on the treadmill! I am getting back on the C25K wagon as soon as possible, but I know realistically that it may be awhile.

Kristie said...

Yay for c25k! I'm running my first HALF MARATHON this weekend. And guess what...I started with c25k.

Oh, and my iPod playlist is almost all hip hop/rap too. There are times when I'm running along and I have to remind myself NOT to start dancing. :D

Rebecca said...

I recently found your blog on Kelly's Korner. I'm working on a 5k too and would love to see your spreadsheet. It would be much appreciated. My email is rebeccaatkins at hotmail dot com

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