Tuesday, November 02, 2010

5k Tuesday

This is not supposed to be a huge announcement or "pat on the back" of any sort but today I began the Couch to 5k program. For the past few weeks I have been mentally and physically preparing to begin training to participate in a marathon of some sort. I have never been a "runner" and might never be... jogging is more my style. However, after completing week one day one of C25K, I am fairly optimistic. Today's experience consisted of a 5 minute brisk walk and then 20 minutes of 60 second jog/90 second walk intervals. It felt really really good! I attribute my success thus far (I know it is only day 1 but I said I am being optimisic!) to three factors:
1.) motivation - I always said that when I quit smoking I would mark this accomplishment with something big. What better way to celebrate being smoke-free than to fricken' run!?
2.) healthy diet - again, I am not making a huge announcement that I will never have mexican food or dessert again but for TODAY I didn't have any sweets or heaping portions. Plus, I drank 64 ounces of filtered water before my jog.
I have never exercised using headphones and an ipod but recently, my sweet Love, surprised me with a lightweight set of headphones to use with our ipod nano (AND a cute little pink digital watch with a stop watch feature, thanks Love :) Lightweight useful equipment makes the jogging experience easier, faster, and more fun.

So here is my perfect W1D1 C25K playlist:
Mykonos - Fleet Foxes, (warm up)
My City of Ruins - Bruce Springsteen
The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
Hometown Glory - Adele
Magpie to the Morning - Neko Case
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
I Saw God Today - George Straight
Falling Slowly - "Once" soundtrack
Halo - Beyonce (Help for Haiti)
Hallelujah - Justin Timberlake featuring Matt Morrison (Help for Haiti)
Let it Be - Jennifer Hudson (Help for Haiti), cool down

If you are thinking about this crazy thing called running check out any of the numerous Couch to 5K programs. The one I like is Cool Running.


Sarah Barry said...

Congrats on being smoke free!

Your girls are growing up - so cute as always.

Please tell your husband I came across his coupon post on his blog - HILARIOUS. I feel the same way about couponers.

Go girl with the running!

maughry said...

First of all, your fall pictures of the girls were SO cute. I can't believe how long its been since we've seen them they are growing up so fast.

Second of all, you know I love running so I have to comment. Congrats on starting C25K. I've probably mentioned it, but I've had so many friends that have had success with that program. One law school friend lost like 60 pounds, and the other (who was always small but way out of shape)went from not being able to run for a minute to running a 13 mile half marathon not even a year later. It was amazing to watch.

Lane started it like 5 times and always quit on week three, but currently the boy is in a jeans size that he hasn't worn since he was 10 years old (obviously pre-wedding size, which is crazy). I really want him to do a 5K in March that was so much fun last year... they have live bands along the route and all the works. You guys should really come up for it if C25K goes well!

Laurel said...

Awesome, Laura!
I've heard great things about C25K...hang in there even when it hurts!

PS: your playlist is so "you"!!

Anonymous said...

I did the C25K a few years ago, and was able to run a 5k! So you can totally do it!!

Unfortunately, I kinda stopped running not long after that and have just had a hard time picking it back up. Maybe this is the nudge I need :) Good luck!!! ~Liz

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