02 May 2012

Run Away with Me

I had intended on posting this yesterday but after an exceptionally long day at work, I just didn't have it in me.

As I mentioned the other day, I've once again started the Couch to 5k program. I started the program last spring before McDreamy suggested I might wait to start running until after my foot/ankle/Achilles tendon issues were fixed. Whoops! Even though I was only able to make it through the first couple of weeks I (mostly) loved it! Running has always been something I've wanted to do, so to actually be doing it was pretty incredible. Sadly, surgery a few months after I begin sidelined me until this week.

Confession time.....I could have started sooner, I'm well aware of that. I didn't out of fear--mostly that the issues the surgery had taken care of would return and also that I couldn't do it. That I would fail. But, now feels like the right time to do it, so I'm embracing that feeling with all my might so that I can accomplish a pretty big goal I have set for myself!

Before starting on Sunday, I mapped out a little plan (like I do) for myself to not only keep my motivated but to keep me on track. Random note....I've been having a heck of a time keeping track of what day of the week it is! Hazards of being busy I guess. 

My run days will be Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. I still need to figure out what to do on my "rest" days simply to keep myself moving, but that'll come in time I'm sure.

I am using 2 apps (mildy obsessive, it's cool) to keep track of my progress: Nike + and C25k Free. The Nike + app is great because it keeps track of my speed, distance and even calories burned. I also really like that I can set it for prompts to let me know when I have either traveled a set distance or how much time has passed. The encouragements at the end of each run are kind of fun, too. The C25k Free app is perfect for knowing when to walk and when to run during the C25k program. I've used Podcasts in the past, but this works much much better for me. I love that I can run these apps simultaneously while still listening to the music I have crammed on my iPhone.

Seriously, I don't know how people run without music. I'm still trying to work out the best songs to add to my running playlist. I have a pretty good start, but want to make sure I have a big enough selection that I don't get burned out or bored with it.

And then there is the gear! What would a post about running be if there wasn't at least one photo of running gear? Below is what I am currently sporting while I am out and about. 
1. iPhone//2. Champion Power Workout Tee//3. Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves//4. Champion Sports Bra//5. Old Navy Cropped Wide Knit Pants

As for blogging about all of this, I plan to do a weekly post....Fridays after my last run of the week. I plan on writing something after each run and then will post them all at the same time. Someday's I'm sure it will be as simply as "Well, that's done!" while others will be more elaborate. Regardless, I'm really looking forward to sharing this journey with everyone! 

Oooh....before I end this for today, even though I'll be posting more about it on Friday, totally had a little victory this morning that I wanted to share. Despite being the furthest thing from a morning person, I dragged my sleepy ass out of bed at 5:30am (that's right A.M.) and was on the road running by 6am. I know--I was shocked, too! But it felt so amazing to be out that early in the day. If I can keep myself from being too exhausted to do it, that may just be my new favorite time of the day to run!


  1. Good luck with C25K!! :)

    I like running with music, but I've gone without a few times and did just as well. I guess it depends on my mood.

    Here are a few of the staples on my running playlist:
    "The First Day" by Todd Carey
    "Work Your Body" by Josh Hoge
    "Living in the Afterlife" by Eric Hutchinson
    "More" by Usher


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