Couch to 5k: Week 7 Day 1

   Why is the first part of a run the hardest? I slogged through the first 10 minutes today. I had no get up and go at all. And then the negative thoughts crept it–just general bitchiness about getting up early, the crowd at the lake on the weekends, and disappointment that I haven’t magically…

Couch to 5k: Week 6 Day 2

   I strapped on my new kicks, stopped for my green tea, and headed out all excited that the road repair was complete and I could get back to enjoying my run around Lake Miramar. Greeting me when I pulled in was another “Lake Road Closed” sign. Sigh. Looks like the repaving will be a…

Couch to 5k: Week 6 Day 1

   I was glad to be back to interval training today. Unfortunately the road around the lake was closed, so I ran back and forth along the front. (Me and about 30 other people who were determined to exercise even if the gates were closed.) I started off dragging. I could barely put one foot…

Couch to 5k: Week 5 Day 3

After my Day 2 do-over, I felt more confident for today’s run. It’s the first long one–no walking. The road to the lake is closed for a few days, so I started at the Scripps Ranch Library. Once I reached the lake, the empty parking lot and lack of people made it both eerie and…

Couch to 5k: Week 5 Day 2

  Today was a bust. It was already 80 degrees when I got to the lake this morning. That’s really hot for San Diego. Yet I wasn’t concerned about the run. I assumed it would be exactly like Day 1 this week and I survived that while on vacation. I did the 5-minute warm up…

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…

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…