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Couch to 5K Training and Adjusting my Eating

May 7, 2012 Amanda 14 Comments

Exercise Habits

So…this week is the week I start Week 5 of the Couch to 5K program and while I’ve survived thus far, I’ll be honest I’m exhausted by the end of the week.  I took several days off from the training when we went to Disney and it was needed since my ankle is still sensitive and often still swells after a training session.  I was a little worried last week about jogging for 5 minutes straight, it felt more like a natural progression than anything else.  My breathing is still where I’m struggling, so clearly I need to keep working on that.  I’ve been trying to find as many articles about running and proper technique as possible, but honestly it’s a little difficult to tell if I’m doing it right.  This week’s 3 sets of 5 minutes should just continue to stretch where I’m going and help me build up to Week 6 and 8 minutes at a time.

Eating Habits

All of this running is fine and well, but my eating habits have been terrible since we got home, especially considering the Brammell Brownies I whipped up for Teacher’s Appreciation (and then made a batch to keep at home) and the tortilla chips with salsa that I have consumed this week.  I am going to need to me more present in my eating and get back to eating the fresh fruit and veggies that are currently sitting in my fridge.  Don’t want those tasty morsels to go to waste.

Problem Areas

My arms.

For serious. I have got to do something about them…either that or remove all sleeveless shirts from my wardrobe!  I have seen the pictures from Disney and I am not amused.  I missed the first week of Mamavation’s 2 week challenge, but I won’t be missing the second.  I’m starting on Week 2 Day 1 (so I can be caught up, but will be adding Week 1 Days 1-5 in the next week) today and am hoping this will give my arms a bit of a kickstart.  I need to find a set of arm exercises to do regularly along with the run/walking to give me the shapely arms I desire.

Goals for the Week

*Be Conscious with my Eating.

*Complete the C25K training for this week.

*Complete Week 2 of Mamavation’s 2 week challenge.

*Enjoy life.

What are your health goals for this week?



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  1. Lena - @elenka29
    May 7, 2012 - 11:15 am

    OM – love the structure and your plan. Have fun following it. Really


    Twitter: highimpactmom

    Thank you!! I really do love the running!


  2. Leah Segedie
    May 7, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Two things help the arms: 1. Overall fat loss and 2. HEAVY weight lifting


    Twitter: highimpactmom

    Yeah, working on that overall fat loss. :D
    And hummm..I don’t want huge arms…would pilates be better?


  3. Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    Twitter: notdiyheather

    May 7, 2012 - 11:48 am

    I agree with Leah about the arms. I still have that “Hello Helen” waving back at me, and losing weight will definitely help that along with weights. If you don’t have weights, then push ups! Look into the 100 Push Up Challenge – it’s a great progression plan, just like C25k.

    Have a great week, girl!


    Twitter: highimpactmom

    I’ve got some light weights, but am intrigued by this 100 push up challenge idea! Will learn more asap! Thanks Heather!


  4. Sarah @mamasarahjane
    May 7, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    I’m on week 5 of C25K also! I don’t know if you’re doing the same plan as me but every other week it’s the same 3 runs everyday so I was blind sided on day 2 of week 5 when I had to run 2 8 minute runs, then I looked ahead for day 3 of week 5 and it’s one 20 minute run!! aah!! I was also going to suggest the 100 push up challenge, I do that on non C25K days, it’s also 3 days a week. :)


    Twitter: highimpactmom

    Man, Week 5 is killer isn’t it?! Wow! Keep it up!! you can do it (Maybe we should encourage each other!!)


  5. Ghada
    Twitter: OMGhada

    May 7, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Runner’s World has some great articles and videos about running form and breathing. You will be so amazed when you get to the end of C25K, just trust the program, it really works and everything improves by the end.


    Twitter: highimpactmom

    Thanks, Ghada! I’m counting on it!


  6. Lisa @EarlyLitMama
    May 7, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    I’ve always had trouble determining if I’m running “properly” as well. If you find any good info please let me know. I did C25K for a while it it worked really well. As for your eating, at least the chips and salsa are gone now! So it’s a great time to get back on the healthy eating wagon. Wishing you a great week!


  7. Lindsay
    May 7, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    The C25K is kicking my butt, but I really do love it SO MUCH. It’s fantastic to help me build up the running. I can run now more than I’ve ever even thought possible. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but running 3 minutes straight is freaking HARD. You’re doing an awesome job!


  8. Kathryn C.
    May 9, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    You really seem to have your plan mapped out. Way to go! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!


  9. Megan @mnmspecial
    Twitter: mnmspecial

    May 12, 2012 - 9:23 am

    I have the same arm thing that bothers me. I need to start back with my pushups.
    Eating right with sweets in the house goes right out the door for me. Good luck. I find menu planning must helpful.
    Hope you can get the breathing thing with running to feel natural :)


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