This morning I started Week 8 of Couch 2 5k. Week 8 is a 5 minute warm up walk, 28 minuets of running, and then a 5 minute cool-down. Back when I first started trying to run, the thought of running 28 straight minuets was inconceivable! Flash forward to today, and I am able to do it with not too much difficulty. I am really proud of how far I’ve come!
I’ve been running about 4 days a week, and try to do it first thing in the morning. If I get out of bed early enough, I run down trail that winds through my neighborhood. Couch 2 5k tells me when I am at my halfway point. When I hear that halfway point bell go off, I usually jump up and down and do a quick cheer because I made it that far and I know I can make it back! I probably look like a big dork doing it, but I don’t care!
I really enjoy running on the trail. The scenery is so nice and I always see some type of wild animals. To occupy myself on my run, I’ve named all the different areas of the trail. There’s Alligator Pond (where I see Mr. Alligator chillin’ most times), Scary Bridge (the catwalk that takes you over a swampy-forest area), Sunshine Trail (a long stretch where the sun is always beating down on me), and Deer Valley (sometimes I see some deer prancing through there). There are more named areas on the trail, but I won’t bore you with all the little details.
It was super humid and hot this morning. 85 degrees at 7:45am to be exact. I’ve never been so sweaty and tired before in my life. The best part about completing a run like this morning is, 1.) that I did it – I feel better about my whole day if I start out with a run, and 2.) I get to go home and make myself breakfast! Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day, so this morning I whipped up a delicious breakfast sandwich.
- 1 Whole Wheat Bagel Thin (110 cals)
- 1 Tbsp. Greek Olive Hummus (35 cals)
- 2 scrambled eggs (140 cals)
- 1/8 c. shredded cheese (35 cals)
Let me tell you – It was sooo good adding that hummus to the sandwich. It really beats adding mayo, butter, or ketchup and it’s so much healthier!
Next week, I’ll be graduating from Couch 2 5k and then I’ll be starting on a new app that will bridge me from running a 5k to a 10k. Eek… that sounds hard, but I look forward to starting the next challenge!