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 little tight and my energy is low from too many days of eating like shit.

But this time, vacation looked a little different since I made a commitment to stick to the Couch to 5k program.

Knowing I was going to have to get up and run, I didn’t over-eat at dinner or order that final glass of wine right before bed. I hit the hay at a decent time, so I could wake early enough to get the run out of the way without it encroaching on our fun time. I woke and dressed in the dark, then slipped out the door while the hubby continued to sleep.

We are in beautiful Paso Robles and I wish I could say I ran through the vineyards with scenery like the photo above, but the highway had no shoulder so I decided against risking my life for good views. Instead, I kept to the sidewalk near the hotel.


I was so focused on figuring out where to go and how to be safe as a female wandering solo in an unfamiliar town at the crack of dawn that I didn’t spend much time thinking about how it felt to be running. I have no idea if I was out of breath at any time or if my legs hurt.

Lucky for me, the cool-down phase came right as I was passing a Starbucks, so I gave myself a whole different kind of treat–a giant unsweetened iced tea.

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