Couch to 5K, Week One

NoteNo Friday links this week. I’m actually going to change that up and tweet and post links as I find them. I think that might be more useful.

I completed the first week of Couch to 5K last night. *shouts* *cheers*

It feels good to have this first week under my belt and be back on my way to running again. It’s funny how much I missed it when I didn’t actually think I did. I missed the zoning out and just running. I missed the time alone to think things over. I missed taking in nature and the sights and sounds around me.



The first two runs of the week were at a park in my town. The last one was from my house (so you don’t get the detailed map). Something went wonky with the app on the second run – I’m not sure why it didn’t capture the full 30 minutes.

I am in no danger of breaking any land speed records, y’all. I’m used to that and okay with it. All the runs this week were pretty great, except for the last one. Even though it was (finally!) under 90 degrees last night, my allergies were kicking up something fierce. I decided to take the dog with me and that resulted in me setting out way too fast on the first few run intervals. I ended up walking the final interval rather than running it. It was just too much for me. One highlight, though, was passing a field where I counted at least 14 deer munching on grass in the twilight. I lost count at 14. The doe are herding up. Fall’s almost here!


Week 1 Weigh In

Despite going completely off the rails this weekend in regards to food consumption, I am happy to report a loss of 1.4 lbs this week.


I’ll take whatever downward progression I can get.

Starting Weight: 268.4 lbs
Today’s Weight: 265.8 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Pounds to Goal: 105.8 lbs

As mentioned, I did not make great nutrition choices this weekend. It started on Friday night with a home-cooked birthday celebration for my dad’s 59th birthday. The next day featured a morning at my parents’ house – their cabinets and pantry are always full of trigger foods. With Sunday being the first full day of NFL football, I backslid into old habits of snacking on foods generally devoid of nutrition. However, there were some wins including the apple I sliced up to eat, the carrots I peeled and sliced to eat with hummus and the preparing of a healthy breakfast to take to work this morning.

The biggest win of the weekend, though, was completing the first day of Couch to 5K. After doing some volunteer work on Saturday morning, I headed to my favorite old running route and fired up’s C25K app on my phone. It was hard – incredibly hard – but I completed it. I had no illusions that running at 265+ pounds would be difficult, but I was unprepared for just how difficult. Even when I was training for and running the half marathon in 2012 I was overweight. I’m now 40+ pounds above that weight, and my body can definitely tell the difference.