Starting Over: 5K Running Plan

Well, I did it. I started over today. I re-downloaded the 5K Runner app and did Week 1, Day 1. When I texted Aaron, I referred to it as a “run” in quotation marks because it only includes 6 minutes of running. But nonetheless, I ran. I’m not going to lie – putting on my running clothes, which were meant to fit someone that weight about 10 pounds less, was not fun. But I really could care less what people think about me as I run around the neighborhood.

Run Photo April 13 2015

The 5K Runner plan only calls for 3 runs per week, so this should put me on a schedule of running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This should be doable because those are the days I work from home. I’m still going to strive for 30 minutes of activity every day (last night Aaron and I took a 45-minute walk), and I think walking can get just a wee bit boring … so we’re going to the bike store tonight. Stay tuned to see what we pick up.

Staycation Day #1 has been pretty low-key so far. I didn’t get out of bed until 8:00, and then I cooked up a big pot of steel cut oatmeal and blueberries—enough for 6 breakfasts. When combined with a cup of skim milk, that’s a 6-PointsPlus day with a whole grain, fruit and dairy. I’ll stick with this until I head to the farm this weekend to get some more eggs. I read some magazines, wandered through the garden, and cleaned up the kitchen. For lunch I experimented with a mason jar salad, since I really don’t eat enough salads but love them when they’re made well. Using what I had on hand, I made a red wine & chive vinaigrette (first harvest from the garden!), grilled up a salmon burger, hydrated some dried cherry tomatoes, grated some carrots, and snagged some greens. I mixed it all up and it was quite tasty. I’m going  to head to the store later and get fixings for salads for both Aaron and I to eat all week. I’m planning to make two kinds—chicken/bacon/tomato/ranch and chicken/pear/blue cheese/ginger vinaigrette. The ranch dressing will be made with fat-free greek yogurt and buttermilk, so it’s only 1 PointPlus. I’ll try to remember to take a photo when I get them put together.

The 5K Runner app provides inspirational quotes after each run. You might think it’s cheesy, but I really liked what it gave me today. Some of us have to start our long journeys more than once.

The longest journey begins with a small step taken by a brave person. That's you!Since I’m focusing on getting back to where I was in terms of fitness, and then moving into territory I haven’t traversed before, I think I’m going to look back on what I was doing one year before each of my posts. Between my blog and the TimeHop app, I should always be able to figure it out. So, without further adieux…

One year ago: April 13, 2014

I ran a lovely morning 10K while on a business trip in Reno, NV. It was a personal PR for that distance.

April 13 Run Photo

3 thoughts on “Starting Over: 5K Running Plan

  1. I think you will be very happy that you took your solo stay-cation, hit the reset button, & got out there to do what makes you feel good & in control again. Wish I could have joined you!

  2. YAY! So excited for you are blogging again! I had followed your successes last year and was so inspired. Can’t wait to follow along again. I’m currently training for a summer 10k so I know this will help keep me motivated. 🙂

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