Category: 5k

running: week 1, workout 1

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.

complete!
complete!

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

running? what, why?

I always said that I would never run unless I was being chased so I can’t really explain how I got convinced that doing a 5k run with a few people would be a great idea.

In my last year of high school, I was probably the fittest I had ever been but still could barely run a mile. I’ve always said that runners seem so happy but I could never get into running. I would try and everything would hurt and I wouldn’t feel as awesome as everyone else who ran seemed to feel. We’re starting off very slow, with walking. I’m pretty good at walking, that sounds so ridiculous but I do walk pretty fast (as my friends can begrudgingly attest to) and I can walk a long time, even in terrible shoes.

So what now? Well I’m not entirely sure. My 5k isn’t until August but I really feel like I need to be thinking about it constantly because it will definitely sneak up on me, like everything else! I do think having a specific date in mind with a group of people who have also signed up will keep me focused. So does anyone out there have any suggestions? Keeping in mind, I literally have not run a mile (let alone 5k) since high school.

I’ll let you know how my progress goes, hopefully that will keep me honest!  😉

volunteer opportunity – canadian cancer society

Are you looking for a fun evening of helping a great cause?

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for the ElectroDash run at Canada’s Wonderland on September 6th. The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for volunteers from 6pm-11:30pm. This 5k run is actually more of a 5k dance party, with neon lights and a DJ. They need volunteers to sell merchandise, man the water stations and maintain course safety. The only requirement is you must be over 16 years old. Use the link below to sign up, should be a fun night!

Registration
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