Couch to 5k – my 2017 do-over

I am starting 2017 off with a couch to 5k do-over.  Last January, I had an epic fall and was not allowed to exercise for 3 months. By the time my ortho finally released me for exercise, I had gained weight and lost most of my fitness.

I tried to get back into the routine of running and going to the gym regularly, but it was tough to find the motivation.  Everything was really hard and I felt defeated.  My workouts throughout last year were inconsistent at best.  I managed to get through a half marathon in October (barely) but that was it.

I must admit, I am a bit disappointed in my current level of fitness and how I handled last year in general.  I started going to the gym again in mid-November and it feels like I am starting over.  Things that once were easy now feel impossible, but instead of getting frustrated and quitting like I did last year, I am going to be kind to myself (words I preach but rarely live by) and start the couch to 5K workout plan again.

The couch to 5K plan is how I started 7 years ago when I began my journey to lose weight and get fit.  Honestly, it has been around so long I don’t remember where it originated but for those of you unfamiliar with it, it is designed to help the average person to run/walk 3 miles over a 2 month period incorporating intervals of running and walking (gradually increasing the run intervals while decreasing the walk intervals).  You can find a great outline of it here. 

There are also a number of couch to 5k (C25K) apps and podcasts to choose from.  I personally will be running along with my girl Chubby Jones who I have mentioned before.  She has several versions of C25K on her podcast and a great mix of tunes to go along with it!

Have you done couch to 5k?

Do you have a favorite app or podcast that you use to workout?

2 thoughts on “Couch to 5k – my 2017 do-over

  1. Mia

    I am SO proud of you! Kick those limiting beliefs to the curb, and if you forget to be kind to yourself, you’ve got this chubby little angel on your shoulder to slap you on the butt and remind you. Sending you lots of love and always cheering for you! – cj


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