Well, last week, I mentioned that I had signed up for a 5k in August, probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever done. And I’ve moved to a foreign country with little plan by myself, just to put it in a “how crazy I think this is”.

To get myself in the running mood, I purchased new running shoes yesterday. I have had the same running shoes for 7 years so not only was it a treat, it was also long overdue. I was excited to find a 9.5, I usually can only find a 9 or a 10, one of the reasons I’ve put off purchasing new runners for a while. I got these at the Sears in Newmarket for $55, so not a bad deal. They had a pretty decent selection of runners and most of them were on sale. I went with something really flashy again mostly because they came in my size.


flashy new kicks
my flashy new kicks

Although last week, I started walking at lunch as a way of ‘training’ for this 5k, today I started with the highly recommended “couch to 5k” app. Everyone keeps telling me I can run 5k no problem, that it’s easy but I must say, I don’t find anything about it easy. Today was running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds alternatively. Those 60 seconds were not always easy. The first couple were no problem, but the 6th, 7th and 8th time started to hurt. I think I just have to accept that this process won’t be easy. Maybe one day 5k will be no big deal to me but today is not that day. My legs hurt already.

This is not the first learn to run 5k app I’ve tried, the last one used zombies as motivation. Turns out, zombies freak me out and I don’t want to pretend they’re chasing me! This app doesn’t have the prettiest interface but it’s easy to use and I can use any music app on my phone including songza. Plus, there’s no zombies.

week 1, day 1
week 1, day 1

Even though it was not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, it was also not impossible, so I will keep going. Who knows, maybe I’ll even begin to enjoy it. The music definitely helped. Today, I got “Back That A$$ Up” AND “Chattahooche” – obviously different songza playlists but still, they helped me push through. Plus a lovely cool down with Great Big Sea, they have some great cool down songs.


I won’t update after every workout but I’ll keep you all posted. Thank you all for your encouragement so far, it really makes a difference! :) What keeps you motivated for working out? Any songza playlist recommendations?

I also want to give a shout-out to two other Toronto bloggers who are working towards a healthier lifestyle, be sure to check out their blogs as well!

Waffling & Happy or Hungry

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