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Couch to 5k: Week 5 Day 1

   I usually put my exercise routine on hold when we go on vacation. I like a vacation from everything and use it as an excuse to over-indulge in treats like dessert or gluten free bread–things I rarely eat. And then I come home needing a vacation from my vacation because my pants are a…

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Couch to 5k: Week 4 Day 3

   I am done with Week 4! I was surprised that I was able to adjust to the longer run-time with little trouble. Looking ahead to next week, the overall run-time is about the same, but each interval is longer. I think I’ll be able to manage. Last year when I did the program, I…

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Couch to 5k: Week 4 Day 2

  I squeezed my run in last night. The lake sparkled in the early evening light and the bright sky cheered me. It felt good to be out in nature. I was all set to enjoy myself and then a few minutes in my left calf tightened and wouldn’t let up. All I could focus…

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Couch to 5k: Week 4 Day 1

I kicked ass today. Just so you know, that was not my attitude this morning. I woke dreading this run. Week 4 ups the ante–the total run-time doubles again. Last week the longest stretch of run-time was three minutes. (I know that sounds pathetic to some of you. This is truly a program for beginners…

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Couch to 5k: Week 3 Day 3

Week 3 is complete! I’m complaining less, although I still have yet to feel the “runner’s high” people talk about. It was probably a mistake, but I looked ahead to the schedule for next week. The running time is almost doubled again. Right now, it sounds awful. But hey, I’m going to enjoy the weekend…

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Couch to 5k: Week 3 Day 2

Not much to report. Got up and at it without grumping. Since I made it through the first day of this week, I knew I could make it through today. And since my next run will be the exact same routine, I’m feeling confident I can wrap up Week 3 fairly easily. After my run,…

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Couch to 5k: Week 3 Day 1

Some negotiating went on before I got out of bed this morning. Did I have to get up to run? Could it wait until tomorrow? The Couch to 5K program is designed for you to run three days out of each seven-day period. Half-asleep, I counted how many days had already passed. This was day…