My C25K Journey – Week 6

Week 6 encroached a bit on week 7, but for a good reason: I got married!!! I took a few days off to plan, celebrate, and enjoy the time with my new HUSBAND! I seriously couldn’t be happier.

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My love!

And, oh yeah, I only have two weeks left in the program.

30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, 8 weeks total

Week 5 Routine

Start with a 5-minute warmup. Varied 5-22 minute jogs. Finally, savor a 5-minute cooldown.

Over the last 1.5 weeks, I ran Wednesday (10/11), Tuesday (10/17), and Wednesday (10/18) at Crunch on my lunch break. I have to say – it is hot as hell in that gym (especially when wearing leggings- first and LAST time)! I like it cold because my body tends to heat up quickly, especially when running. I can’t be the only one.

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Pre-workout – before the sweaty mess.

I was a little scared to run for 22 minutes straight after taking such a long break in between runs, but it worked out fine. It definitely helps to distract myself with something on Netflix or an audiobook.

It comes down to this: my body can do it, but my mind still isn’t on the same page. Each minute I run I have to tell myself I can do it, that I’ve done it before and can do it again, that I got this. And I do.

To see what happened at week 5, click here!

My C25K Journey – Week 5

I’m in the home stretch – just three weeks left!

30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, 8 weeks total

Week 5 Routine

Start with a 5-minute warmup. Varied 5-20 minute jogs. Finally, savor a 5-minute cooldown.

Last week I ran Wednesday at home after work, and Thursday and Friday at the gym on my lunch break. The first time on the treadmill was a little awkward because I was so used to running outside, and had no idea that I needed to use the treadmill workout on my Fitbit (see pic below). Fortunately, the second time was a much better experience and I actually enjoy running both inside and out.

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Clearly there’s a treadmill option for a reason 😉

Since week 2, I’ve been nervous about running for 20 minutes straight. The thought was so daunting – just I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it. Well, I proved myself wrong, because not only did I rock it, but I could have KEPT going. It probably also helped that I was re-watching Stranger Things as I ran.

My lungs are powerful, and my mind is in the right place to continue running at least three times a week after this program ends. I’ve already signed up for a Zombie 5K in celebration – October 28th.

I think I can call myself a runner now.

To see what happened at the halfway mark, click here!

My C25K Journey – Week 4

I made it to the halfway point! Never in a million years did I think I would be running three times a week and actually enjoying it.

30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, 8 weeks total

Week 4 Routine

Start with a 5-minute warmup. Jog for 3 minutes, walk for 90 seconds, jog for 5 minutes, walk for 2.5 minutes, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 90 seconds, jog for 5 minutes. Finally, savor a 5-minute cooldown.

Last week I ran Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. It was nice to spread it out a bit because my legs were starting to feel like Jell-O. The weather was finally favorable two out of the three days. What a difference a few degrees makes!

I love these shoes!!

I bought a new pair of sneakers that caught my eye for the bright colors and the price tag – $39. Compared to my everyday workout kicks, these new ones are lighter and allow my feet to breath, which is perfect for outdoor running.

I also decided to renew my gym membership at Crunch so I can finally go through with the lunchtime workouts I planned – regardless of the weather.

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New key tag 🙂 Haven’t been to a gym in years.

Last week was the first time (ever, I think) that I ran for 5 minutes without stopping to catch my breath or complain that I couldn’t do it. You know what? It really is all mental. I just put Demi Lovato’s “Sorry, Not Sorry” on repeat and sucked it up.

The way I see it, I could blame my asthma, my chronic migraines, and my Lyme disease for not being able to workout OR I could quit making excuses, get it done, and reap the rewards of a slimmer, healthier me. I’ll take the latter.

To check out Week 3, click here.

My C25K Journey – Week 3

Just after a run in 90 degree weather. Yikes!

Week 3 is officially over! Even though I created a kick-ass playlist, I’ve found myself running in silence and really relishing the me time. I must admit that I enjoy running.

30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, 8 weeks total

Week 3 Routine

Start with a 5-minute warmup. Jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 3. Repeat. Finally, savor a 5-minute cooldown.

Last week I ran Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. What is up with this “fall” weather? It hit 90 degrees over the weekend, and I had no choice but to get that run in. I remarked to a friend that I could literally cut the air with a knife – it was that thick and gross.

You can probably guess that I’m not a summer person. I love the cool, crisp autumn air. The crunch of the leaves underfoot as I jog. The dewy air that leaves droplets of moisture on the grass in the early morning.

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Forgot to log my workout, but my Fitbit caught half of it!

I’ve been practicing better breathing techniques as I progress through the C25K program, and as a result have felt less winded. However, I’ve been experiencing some pain in my shins and the balls of my feet – and it makes me wonder if I’ll be able to keep up with a 20-minute jog. Only time will tell. At least the next few workouts aren’t intimidating anymore.

Click here to see how Week 2 went!

My C25K Journey – Week 2

wp-image-1807175019This week I succumbed to a little indulging on Pinterest. Running socks? I need them. Wireless headphones? I need them too. Hydration Sleeve? Oh, I definitely need that! Fortunately, for my wallet, those “needs” passed very quickly.

I have to admit that I’m proud of myself for sticking with this for two full weeks. Jogging for 30 minutes is an easy way to add a good 4,000+ steps to your day.

The biggest fear I’ve had to conquer so far is running in front of other people. Do my legs look weird? Do I run like a chicken? Or a frog? What if I’m too slow? Then I realized that at least I’m working on it. At least I’m trying. At least I’m lapping all of those still sitting on the couch.

30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, 8 weeks total

Week 2 Routine

Start with a 5-minute warmup, then alternate 90 seconds of jogging with 2 minutes of walking for six rounds, and finally savor a 5-minute cooldown.

Last week I ran Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Like the week prior, the weather wasn’t really in my favor, but I pushed on. I noticed that my exercise-induced asthma, which has been lying dormant for about a year now, started to flare. The humidity was so thick that the air felt heavy and wet – like a steamy shower. Hoping for some cooler days as we transition over to fall.

Sunday I switched it up and drove to a local rail trail to do my run. While this was a nice flat and shaded path, I lost quite a bit of time driving to the destination. I think I’ll stick to running around my apartment complex for now.

I peeked at the workouts to come and have to admit that I’m a little nervous about Week 5. Fortunately, I still have some time to practice my running skills (or lack thereof) before then!

Two weeks down, six to go. Click here to see how I started and finished Week 1.

On a roll!

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I first came across foam rolling on Pinterest when I was looking for a way to relieve my sore muscles. Once a little pain sets in, it can put a HUGE damper on motivation, and it’s easy to forego workouts altogether. In one respect, soreness means you’re doing something right. Too much, however, could indicate dehydration or the need for a good old-fashioned stretch.

Recently, a friend of mine posted a photo of her foam roller and said that it was one of her greatest investments. After that, rollers kept popping up everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, you name it! To be honest, that first one only caught my eye because it was bright pink, but after a little research, I knew I had to have one.

What is foam rolling, anyway?

Foam rolling is a soft massaging therapy that you can do on your own with a roller made of – you guessed it – foam! It’s also known as self-myofascial release and is a hell of a lot cheaper to do at home.

The “real” myofascial release that you would go to a licensed therapist for is a pretty expensive treatment that involves applying pressure to your connective tissue to reduce pain and increase motion. To get the best results, a series of 4 sessions are recommended. For a full treatment, including info session and diagnosis, you could pay upwards of $600. Yikes!

GRID Foam Roller

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The roller you choose makes all the difference. It may be painful to roll at first, but once you form a routine, you’ll start to experience great results. Some of the benefits include better sleep (kiss those restless legs goodbye!), increased flexibility, and reduced muscle pain. My recommendation is the GRID foam roller by TriggerPoint. For just $39.99 (plus shipping), you’ll be well on your way to feeling better. Compare that to what you’d pay for just one session at a wellness center!

The GRID is designed to replicate an actual massage, and as you roll, you can feel the different pressure points rubbing against all of your tight muscles. Unlike most rollers that have a foam core, this one has a hollow core that is wrapped in a thin layer of foam, making it firmer with the ability to withstand up to 500 pounds of static weight. At just over a foot long and less than six inches wide, you can literally take your GRID foam roller anywhere! And the best part? The product is backed by a 30-day guarantee and one-year warranty, so roll your heart out!

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As part of my cooldown after each workout, I roll my back, glutes, hamstrings, I.T. band, hip-flexors, and calves, for about 30 seconds on each body part. It feels so good. Plus, I’ve never slept better! Around nighttime, I was getting aches and odd sensations in my legs that would wake me up at odd hours, especially after a tough workout. Since I started rolling with the GRID, I haven’t had any trouble sleeping through the night. I’m seriously amazed.

Bottom Line

This is a must-have purchase for everyone who works out. If I could only choose one recovery tool, this would be it. The only decision you need to make is which of the five fun colors you want!

Check out TriggerPoint’s website for more information and to view the entire product line, including massage balls, DVDs, guidebooks, and more!

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by TriggerPoint. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Diary of a Snacker successful. All opinions are my own.

I know you know, but I have to say it anyway…Always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise or fitness program (yes, even foam rolling!). Use this roller and all other fitness tools at your own risk.

My C25K Journey – Week 1

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In theory, running is a good idea. You see all these super fit people jogging on the side of the road with their tech gear and smiling faces. For a moment, you believe that you can be just like them. So you go out and buy a nice pair of running shoes, a few flashy outfits, an armband for your phone, wireless headphones, a Flipbelt, and about ten more things you think you need (but obviously do not). And, that’s really where the journey usually ends.

I’ve tried to do Couch to 5K (C25K) multiple times and always ended with downloading the app. Okay, and maybe changing the color scheme.

I am not a runner. I was on the track team in high school, but I wasn’t fit, and I didn’t apply myself. At the time, it seemed better than the alternative: walking over 2 miles in the snow or sweltering heat through some not so great areas, just to get home after school. I didn’t enjoy it.

Last week I decided it was time to challenge myself and complete C25K (for real this time). Instead of getting fancy, I did my first run on Labor Day morning in a mismatched tank and shorts with my everyday sneakers, sans armband. Gasp.

You know what? It wasn’t so bad.

30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, 8 weeks total

Week 1 Routine

Start with a 5-minute warmup, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for eight rounds, and finally savor a 5-minute cooldown.

Last week I ran Monday, Saturday, and Sunday. I had planned to spread the workouts throughout the week, including possible lunch hour runs, but the weather wasn’t in my favor. It all worked out, and I was able to run my heart out around my apartment complex.

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I love the C25K app because it gives you countdowns, shows your remaining time, and allows you to pause your workout (in case you run into anything cool – like a deer or super sweet gray kitty) during your run. You can also share your progress on social media. And, if you go for the Pro version, you can track your calories and distance traveled. I skipped this option because my Fitbit already does that and more.

Overall it was a good first week – only seven more to go!