Couch to 5K: Week Six

Posted on Apr 28, 2016

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Hello Friends! Welcome to week six of my couch to 5k journey.  You can read more about me here.  This week we upped the mileage to 2.75 miles.  On Tuesday I wasn’t feeling very well and my goal for the night was just to show up.  Sometimes when I am tired or feeling blah, I trick myself into working out by saying that all I have to do is show up.  I give myself permission to do what my body needs, which may include taking it easy or not exercising at all.  Once I am there, whether it’s at spin class or out for a run, I usually muster the energy to exercise as planned.  After I warm up I start to feel a lot better and somehow I find the extra energy to get the job done.  Sometimes I will go slow but then I figure that light exercise is always better than no exercise.  The hardest part for me is finding the motivation to show up.  Once I am dressed and out the door then the hard part is done.  It may sound silly but it works most of the time.  I showed up on Tuesday feeling blah and I still ran 2.75 miles.  I finished in 30:13 which is slower than normal but that’s okay with me.  I got out there and I did it.  On Thursday I felt much better.  I ran with one of the faster mentors and she challenged me to quicken my pace.  We finished in 27:30.

Another observation I have made is how few calories I burn during my runs.  I got a Fitbit for my birthday this year, which calculates heart rate, steps, stairs, distance and calories.  Typically for a 30 minute run I will burn around 300 calories.  It feels hard when I am running so I just assume that I am burning more than that.  Not so.  It makes me think twice about indulging in empty calories because I realize how hard it is to burn them off.  Healthy habits, like running, beget more healthy habits, like healthy eating.  Okay, that’s all for now.  Next week it’s 3 miles.  Until then keep running!

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