The Pin Junkie: My 5K Challenge #3

My 5K Challenge #3

This week I actually started running!  Even though I made the decision about a month ago that I was going to challenge myself to run a 5K, I didn't jump right in and start running immediately.  I've been taking it slow, going for walks and hikes and just trying to be more active in general.  (Yes I was taking it slow, but I think there was some procrastination, too!)  I think just getting started is the often hardest part for me.  Deep down, I wasn't sure I could even do the first week of the program.  My wonderful husband offered to jog with me, I didn't even have to ask.  Having a partner really helps.  To my surprise my son even joined us one evening! 

To help me with this challenge, I'm following The Couch to 5K Running Plan. I would love to get the app, but I don't have a smart phone.  I just printed out the chart that tells you what you should do each week.  I chose this plan (because I found it on Pinterest of course!) but also because it seemed realistic.  I like that the plan has small steps and gradually increases in difficulty.  That approach seems to work best for me.  I also like that you can measure your progress by time or distance, it's your choice.  PLEASE NOTE: I'm in no way affiliated with The Couch to 5K Running Plan app or program.  I'm not being compensated to use it or blog about it.  

The first two weeks of the program, I need to run for 20 minutes three times a week.  During that 20 minutes, I jog for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds.  (I'm assuming the app would keep track of my time, but I just use a stopwatch.)  I successfully completed the first week of the program and I feel really good!  My legs are a little stiff, but nothing too bad.  On days that I don't run, I am still trying to be active by going for walks, using an elliptical or going to the gym for a step aerobics class. 

Even though it was hard getting started, once I started and actually did it, it wasn't so bad!  

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 Inspired by this pin for the Couch to 5K running program.


  1. Awesome job! Every new habit starts with just starting.

    A few years ago I just decided I needed to be healthier. I couldn't even do a mile on the treadmill. So I just kept going and doing till it became easier.

    Of course now that I had a second child and went back to school I slacked off... But this gives me the urge to get my butt back into regular exercise.

    1. Having a family (especially young kiddos) and working or going to school make it really difficult to find time or the energy to exercise regularly. I've never been able to figure out how to do it. I think it's important to work out when you can, and not be too hard on yourself when you can't.