Operation Balls to the Wall is back, baby.

Tonight I started a Couch to 5k program. I downloaded an app that gives me the cues while I’m listening to my own playlists, which is nice. It also has a GPS feature if you want to record distance and time. I will mainly use it on my treadmill but it also lets you enter in that same info so you can have an ongoing log of your progress. You can also log “free” runs that you do on off-program days.

Today was Week 1, Workout 1 (there are three workouts per week for 9 weeks):

  • 5 minute brisk walk (warm-up)
  • Alternate between 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes.
  • 5 minute cool down walk.

I managed to go 1.84 miles in the 30 minutes allotted. Nothing to brag about obviously, but it’s a start. It’s definitely a bit disheartening that I used to be able to run 13 miles in less than 2 1/2 hours, and now I’m doing this ^^^. But you’ve gotta just pick up the pieces and start again, right?

Anyway…I’m excited about it. The app is the Active Couch to 5k. Anyone wanna run with me?

Before and after running six miles during a heat advisory.

We are bad asses. Or are we stupid? I suppose it’s likely both.

fitness update

Tues 8/5 – rest day
Wed 8/6 – 30 Day Shred (Level 3) Holy shit!!
Thurs 8/7 – rest day
Fri 8/8 –  rest day
Sat 8/9 –  30 Day Shred (Level 3) & 3.5 mile run (with Danielle)
Sun 8/10 – rest day
Mon 8/11 – rest day
Tues 8/12 30 Day Shred (Level 2)
Wed 8/13 – 30 Day Shred (Level 1) but with extra weight.
Thurs 8/14 –5.6 mile run (with Danielle)
Fri 8/15 – National Relaxation Day. (rest day)
Sat 8/16 – 30 Day Shred (Levels 1 & 2)
Sun 8/17 – 30 Day Shred (Level 3)

  • Too many rest days last week. It rained a lot so I didn’t get to run.
  • Level 3 of 30 Day Shred is rough.
  • My goals for this week are: (1) to run at least 3 times; (2) Level 3 at least 4 times; (3) no more than 2 diet sodas per day, and (4) More vegetables.
  • Next week I plan to start incorporating Ripped in 30.
  • I worship Jillian.
  • I have added a vitamin D supplement to my diet.
  • I am obsessed with Greek yogurt.
  • I need to buy heavier weights. Progress!
  • I’m in the best shape of my life at 35-years-old, and it feels amazing. <3


Workout log:

Fri 7/25 — 30 Day Shred (Level 1)
Sat 7/26 — rest day
Sun 7/27 — 30 Day Shred (Level 2)
Mon 7/28 — JM Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Tues 7/29 — Ran 3 miles/walked 1 mile
Wed 7/30 — 30 Day Shred (Level 1)
Thurs 7/31 — JM Yoga Meltdown
Fri 8/1 — rest day
Sat 8/2 — rest day
Sun 8/3 — 5 mile run (10:10/mile pace)
Mon 8/4 — 30 Day Shred (Level 1)

**Friday 8/1 wasn’t supposed to be a rest day, but that was a bad day, so oh well.   There was also too much drinking this weekend, but it was worth it. I had the best time.

Overall, I think I’m doing quite well. I have all kinds of workouts planned for this week. I’m going to step it up a notch. I’m going to try Shred (Level 3) for the first time. Yikes.

My goal has been to run the Komen 5k in 35 minutes.  Today I did it in 35:46.  Considering that was with an extremely swollen right knee, I’m thinking it’s time for a new goal.  New goal: 33 minutes.   I have 7 weeks to improve. 

Oh yeah, and I ran the entire time.  This is a big improvement over last week. I’m pleased.