Couch to 5K

I had a moment this past week where I just wanted to cry because I was so tired of being out of shape. I lost a little weight after having Russell but since then I've probably gained back up to my max pregnancy weight. Maybe more... I'm not really sure. I just know that in that moment I was tired.

Tired of feeling out of shape.
Tired of feeling winded all the time.
Tired of feeling my heart race going up the stairs.
Tired of seeing the fat and the flab that makes every outfit selection a matter of how well it would hide my post baby body.

That and I was tired...

My friend Andrea had sent me some info on a Couch to 5K program and I decided at that point I'd give it a try. I'd seen info about something like that before and just made excuses for myself.

... but I have bad knees.
... but my feet have been hurting since having the baby.
... my sciatic nerve keeps acting up.
... I'm too tired to wake up early to work out.
... I don't have time to work out.

Enough of the excuses. I went onto my phone and downloaded an app that helps you through the Couch to 5K program. It was totally free and so far I've loved it. It prompts you through your workout telling you when to walk and when to run. It lets you listen to your own music while you're working out and I don't have to stare at the clock counting minutes and seconds. Instead I plug in my headphones and just follow the prompts until the workout is done. It takes 30 minutes and it's every other day. In fact it tells you that you need the time in between to recover. I've also read that if you are really out of shape or if you feel it's moving too fast you can repeat days until you feel comfortable moving on.

C25K app is awesome! Keeping me on track every other day.

For me that was key to not feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of working out every day or figuring out a workout schedule. I also liked that if I wanted to I could be running a 5K in about 2 months but if not I'd still be making progress which is far better than sitting on the couch. I have good days and bad days and I have repeated days already but I don't care. It's like those motivational pics you see where they show someone either way out of shape or way in shape saying something along the lines of at least you're lapping everyone on the couch. I'm now out there lapping everyone on the couch.

Or walk! There is nothing wrong with being a walker!

It's not easy. In order to make my crazy days work and still see Russell and Joe when I get home from work I'm up just before 4 on my workout days. I'm out and pounding the pavement by about 5:15 so I can get home, shower and get ready for work. I work all day from 7:30am - 5:30pm then commute the 40+ minutes home. After that it's tubby time for Russell, putting him down to bed, having dinner and then off to sleep so I can get some rest. On my days off I get up at 6 to work out because I like to beat the sun. (1. there's less people out that early so I don't have to feel self conscious and 2. it's cooler out.)

Early morning sunrise. I'm starting to enjoy being up early.

I have big goals to one day run a 5K, then a 10K, toss in a sprint tri, Ragnar Relay and one day an Iron Man. Who knows if my body can handle all that but I sure am going to try until I find that point where I know my body just can't take it. I don't want to break my body down but I do want to stay in shape. I do want to look good and feel good about myself but I know more important than that is being in shape so I can take care of Russell. I want to set a good example for him of healthy eating and exercise so he can learn to make good choices. I'll never stop eating dessert or give up all burgers but I know in moderation things will be fine.

Sorry this is a really long post but it's what I'm working on right now. Getting in shape is so important to me and hopefully I'll be less tired as time goes on. If anyone's looking for a workout partner I'm all for it. I move slow but I'm out there moving. Plus I want to start swimming and doing some sort of weight training too. I'd love to do zumba one day when I'm feeling a little more fit too. If you want to get out and support a good cause join me to walk (maybe run) at the Team IronDean 5K. If you hurry and register before September 30th it's only $20 and you get a rad bag full of Team IronDean swag. You know you want it!

Visit to get registered! Join me for some fun!

What's your workout style? Are you the up every day early running type or the type that hits the classes at the gym? If you have any favorite workouts or great places for beginners I'd love to know about them!


  1. Anonymous9:13 AM

    I'm not sure what it is, but I've been dealing with knee issues, back pain, pain in my feet, etc. Maybe it's just getting old. But whatever it is, I'm sure it didn't help that I wasn't very active. I know that the key to making all these aches and pains go away is getting my butt up and working out. It's just so hard to take that step. I can relate. I read somewhere that you need 20 or something days of doing something for the habit to stick. So I'm trying to make working out a new habit so that it will eventually be a new lifestyle for me. I think doing the Couch to 5K is so great and I know you can do it!

    1. Girl I totally feel you. My knees have always had issues but the feet thing for me has been terrible. I felt like I was 90 years old when I'd get up in the morning. I can say the little bit of working out I've done has helped a lot. I'm guessing maybe my feet just aren't strong enough with all the stretching and swelling that happened when I was prego. I'm hoping if I keep working out it will go away. I definitely need to stick to something and get working out. I want to try Zumba too because it sounds fun. :)

  2. I LOVE couch to 5K program!!! I had never run a step in my life before that program! I have not run at all since RAGNAR so everytime I stop I have to start slow again but I love it when I am doing it. I am glad the weather is cooler so that I can get my butt out there again. Lately I have been doing a lot of Yoga. I don't do "the gym" really just find things that I connect with and love and that makes me do them more often! We shoudl run sometime soon! I am not fast and walk as much as I need to! :)

    1. YES! It's such a great program and so easy. I'm sad we're going into winter though because I hate running on a treadmill. BLAH! We should definitely run sometime though. I'm truly really seriously slow though. My run is not much faster than me walking sometimes and I definitely take a lot of breaks to walk because my poor legs end up burning. HA HA HA! But it's all about the journey right. Maybe we can find somewhere in the middle for us and meet on the weekends. :)


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