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Jun
28

#MilfOrDieTryin: Adventures In Training For A 5K

Run 5K App

I’ve always admired people that have the discipline to run. Cardio and I have never been friends and the idea of being able to jog or sprint for extended periods of time without stopping always seemed like an unattainable feat for me.

There was a brief time in my early twenties when I ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill every morning. I naively considered myself a runner then, until my stepfather took me for a run on a nearby trail with him and I nearly collapsed 5 minutes into it.

That’s when I realized running on a treadmill and running on the ground are two completely different evils.

I rarely ran since.

When my man friend flew in from California to visit me back in January, I was inspired by his love of running. The thing is I always pictured runners as these incredibly fit and muscular people, and while my man friend is in great shape I never would’ve thought he could run, let alone COACH others to run.

Knowing that he did that and hearing him talk about it made me realize I could do it too.

It was during my time with him I decided I’d eventually start training to run a 5K. I was super excited about it but knew I had to wait for Spring to arrive here in NJ before I’d be able to run outside. As the months passed my inspiration waned.

I’ve never been extremely overweight, but every few years I find myself 10-15 pounds heavier than I’d like to be.

Like right now.

Right now, “baby got back” she could stand to lose.

For years I’ve been trying to find a form of exercise that I loved enough to stick with ’til death do us part, but much like finding a worthy man, finding a fitness routine has been equally as disappointing.

I start workout programs with the best intentions, but usually end of quitting before completing them. I think most of the problem is I choose these crazy 60+ minute workouts that don’t realistically fit into my busy life as a single mom.

There was that time I did Insanity – but faltered in Month Two when the workouts shot up to nearly 90 minutes of exercise, my knees gave out, and I never made it to the end. (Though I must say making it all the way through Month One was a pretty kickass accomplishment)

Then there was the time I started Turbo Fire – but quit somewhere during Month Two after missing three days of my workout while attending BlogHer.

There are countless other programs I’ve tried over the years, but none of them have stuck.

So why did I decide to download the 5K iPhone App by Aake Gregertsen two weeks ago and commit to running a 5K with my family in August?

Because clearly I’m a glutton for punishment.

But a funny thing happened when I started the program…

I fell in love with the workouts and the way I’ve felt after completing each of them.

I should stop here and say this is not a sponsored post. I was not contacted my Aake Gregertsen or a PR firm to do a review. I downloaded the app on a whim, and I could not be happier with it -and I’m sharing my progress with you because if I’ve been able to do this program consistently, I think anyone can.

The 5K app guides you through 8 weeks of training (3 runs per week) to go from not running at all to being able to run 3 miles.

The voice coaching literally makes it feel like you have a running coach there with you as you’re doing your workout, telling you when to walk, when to jog and how to pace yourself.

That voice keeping me at a steady pace is exactly what I need to push me. If I tried to run on my own, I’d run until I was in pain and then decide to walk, whereas the app keeps me at a pace where I can alternate jogging and walking so I’m not doubled over with a collapsed lung and screaming “Fuck This Shit.”

Sure I can’t run 3 miles without stopping yet, but each day that I complete my work out and jog a little longer I feel like I accomplished something. It keeps me motivated to push myself through the next workout too.

My favorite part is that it’s even compatible with my Pandora App – the instructions blend with the music!

On Week 1 Day 1 I made a trip to the local reservoir to complete my workout, because I figured having something pretty to look at while I ran might make the whole sweating and dying thing less awful.

C2bK Day 1

I was pleasantly surprised when I made it through the workout without collapsing. Dare I say I even enjoyed myself, because for the 25 minutes that I was focused on running jogging and walking, the voices in my head shut the fuck up and all my anxieties melted away.

On Week 1 Day 2 I had an awesome running partner. Because it looked like rain, I decided we’d run around our yard instead of head too far and risk getting stuck in a downpour.

c2bk day 2

Aidan made it through the first 15 minutes of the workout with me before he got a cramp. Then he cheered me on from our porch the rest of the workout.

On Week 1 Day 3 I hit the local fitness trail all by my lonesome. Again, I figured the change of scenery would keep me motivated.

c2bk Day 3

The only problem with the fitness trail is that it’s covered with rocks so I had to be super careful not to stumble and roll my ankle.

Completing Week 1 made me feel like a rockstar.

And then came Week 2…

WK2 Day1

This run happened in the rain. It was the encouraging text from my neighbor that kept me from calling it quits.

WK2Day2

Tackled the fitness trail again. Managed to not roll my ankle.


WK2Day3

To end Week 2, I decided to head back to the reservoir. I could tell I’m getting faster with my jogging since I managed to make it further around the water this time.

And thus I ended Week Two with a BOOM!

I’m currently working my way through Week 3 of the program, and it definitely hasn’t been easy.

WK3Day1

The bump up from 1.5 minutes of jogging to 3 full minutes hasn’t been easy, but so far I’ve been able to push myself and not stop. It’s the amazing feeling I get after I finish each workout that keeps me going.

Even better, for the 28 – 31 minutes that I run all my anxiety is GONE. That’s really what keeps me coming back for more.

If you’ve ever thought about running I highly recommend the 5K iPhone App by Aake Gregertsen. Again, this isn’t a sponsored post… I just think it kicks arse!

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3 comments

  1. Brad says:

    Go get em Mely!!

  2. Brad says:

    Before – after pics?

  3. Lotus says:

    I did the Couch to 5K which sounds like the exact same thing you are doing. The benefits of running are endless. Not only does it make you stronger physically, it also makes you stronger mentally! Keep it up girl!

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