Friday, April 13, 2012

drop the fat quarters.

Couch to 5k Starts TODAY!
  
have you all heard of The Couch to 5k Running Plan? there are a few variations out there, but basically it's a 9-ish week training plan to get you up off the couch and running -- or in my case, out from behind the sewing machine to running! i'd heard of it before, but it wasn't until chatting with Erin the other day that it really sunk in. i've been wanting to get into a regular running+workout schedule for a while now and this program is what i've been looking for -- a kick start to better health! 

perfect timing because my lack of exercise has been putting me in a serious funk. in all aspects of my life. feeling sluggish and having a lack of motivation+focus, blah! 

<<not.anymore.>> 

i've just finished DAY 1 of the program and it feels great! refreshing and motivating. 

anyone else want to join me for a little couch (or sewing machine) to 5k? 

xo, megan.

24 comments:

  1. Great idea - especially as the weather is getting warmer! I was training for a 1/2 marathon last year but I've done nothing much other than get injured over and over again since then :(
    I am working my way back up to a 5k - physically I can do it as far as my stamina/fitness level, just need to convince my knees and legs they can do it! Right there with you :)

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  2. I'm in! I've been in a funk lately too and I've been telling myself I was going to start it for a few weeks now. Today would be a good day to start!

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  3. I started this back in January, got to week 3 and I can't remember why I stopped. Restarted and go back and forth with week one and week two. Maybe I'll start again this week and not go back. Lol I'm SO not a runner, it was just going to be my exercise, but it can't be if I don't do it!

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  4. GOOD FOR YOU!!! I started working out at the gym (just elliptical) two months ago and I feel soooooooooooooooooooooo much better!!! I've lost 16 lbs and feel a little healthier every day. Post pics on IG and we can be accountability buddies! :)

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  5. You can do it, Megan! I start week 3 today, and I'm really liking it, even though my body is like, seriously??

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  6. I just started this, too! I told a friend I would do a relay with her in October. Yikes. Considering I can't even run a mile yet, I have a lot of work to do !

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  7. woo! good for you. My friend is going to run a 5K with me at the end of June. I'm going to send this to her b/c she needs to get started. :)

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  8. I desperately need to. I actually have a version in my iPod done by Podrunner that's called Podrunner Intervals. It is music that alternates between you walking and jogging/running to get you to work toward being able to run the whole thing. There are twelve week workouts that start "First Day to a 5K", then "Gateway to an 8K", and finally "Freeway to a 10K". I just need to make it past the first 12 weeks!

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  9. Good for you!!!! I am currently training for 2 sprint triathlons summer. My husband and I are doing them together, well at the same time...he is much faster than I am... I have a blog on Word Press about my training. By the way, COOL shoes, I love the gray and pink!!

    http://trigrandmatry.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/run-and-not-grow-weary/

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  10. Yay, go you! My doc, after 3 half marathons, banned me from running a few years ago, but I walk enthusiastically to work to make up for it :o)

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  11. Good for you! I've done the whole C25K and it works! I ran a 5k on Thanksgiving last year. Then I got the Flu of Death and stopped running and haven't really picked it back up. Thanks for inspiring me to get back out there! I'm going for a run tomorrow morning. :)

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  12. yes! this is what i need to do! I told my sister that we would do a 5k this summer (we both had babies in the last 6 months) aaaaand i have yet to run a single mile! time to get my rear in gear....starting on monday :)

    here is a cool website that shows all kinds of fun runs going on in Iowa. http://www.fitnesssports.com/races.aug.html

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  13. Good for you! I did the C25K last spring/summer with a friend of mine and it was a wonderful way to get some exercise. I've since run at least 3 miles at least once a week, even through the winter, and now I'm starting to train for a 10K. It's great to combat sewing-ass ;)

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  14. I've been doing my treadmill 6 days a week @ a minimum of 2 miles a day (mostly at a 4.0 incline). I've been trying to stretch to 3 miles...and it's be harder.

    I've been doing a weekly, Saturday blog post with motivational/healthy ideas. It's call "On My Weigh". (my blog addy is - anniesrubyslipperz.com) Maybe you might visit sometime? =) Once in a while I do giveaways with regards to visitors setting goals and such. =)

    hugZ,
    annie
    anniesrubyslipperz.com

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  15. Wish I could run. I've had knee replacement and a couple of spinal fusions. I can walk, so I'll just follow along at a slower pace. My mantra will be "walk first, then sew" peacedgoods.blogspot.com

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  16. Way to go, lady! I started Couch to 5K a about 14+ months ago. I'm about to run my second half marathon in two weeks! Keep up the good work!

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  17. Woo hoo! As a quilter who also is a marathoner and running coach, I can tell you that some of my best inspiration comes on a good long run!

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  18. If you have a fleet feet sports they do a ten week program called No Boundaries. Doing my 1st 5k tomorrow and starting the spring training Thursday! Love it!

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  19. This looks great - I'm going to give it a go!

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  20. I can promise to join you about midway through your 9 weeks k? Gotta get my asthma a bit more settled (and the air a bit warmer) first! :)

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  21. I started it a year ago and went from huffing and puffing at half a mile to running 5 miles 3 times a week now. I loved C25K and how it helped me become a "runner." I did it through twice and then moved on to Bridge to 10K and I'm almost done with it now. Keep at it, Megan. I recommend C25K to anyone who will listen about running. Good luck!

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  22. You can do it. After a nasty winter of illness I need to get myself running again. I completed 2 half marathons last year, and don`t think I have ran much more than a half marathon total this year... although I have been out on my new bike.

    I will start again on Monday morning. Love the C25K program - I then did an 8k race, then a 10k, a 15k and 3 half marathons (in 2010 & 2011)-- and I started truly from the couch in 2009.

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  23. C25K is a fabulous program - enjoy!

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  24. I just got back up to my 5K distance! Have fun :-)

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