Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pump It Up!! 5K Goal

As apart of my new years goal to get healthier I registered to run a 5K at the end of April. I was going to run a different 5K when my sister in law reached out to me about this one. I read about it and thought this one would be wayyyyy more fun and more fun=motivation, right. Plus some of the proceeds goes to Breast Cancer research and stuff. Good cause. So we created a team consisting of myself, sister in law Tina, and her sister. We call ourselves.....the "Gator Gals."

Honestly I just made up the name, it has no special meaning behind it, other than my brother in laws 4 wheeler club is called the Gators. :) I am sure we will have fun with it and create some awesome apparel to wear.

As soon as I registered I had motivation painted all over me. I seriously went home that day and actually ran on the treadmill. I am going to keep you all updated weekly or every so often on my training process because I know there will be many points during this process that I just want to throw in the towel. Putting it out there keeps me accountable and I like being cheered on.

Here are a few things motivating me to do this:

-Lose the baby weight. I am not ashamed to put numbers out here because it will motivate me. I weigh in at 198lbs (that is how much I weighed when Roan was born, then I went down to 193 and have gone back up to 198, thanks holidays and lack of self control). I want to be 150lbs by the end of the year or sooner.

-Have more energy to keep up with my newly walking little one.

-Feel happier-I still have depression creeping in and out of me. I know when I am more physically fit I feel more balanced in this area. 

-Save $. Lars new insurance gives discounts if you participate in their health awareness assessment program. I am already onboard with them and have set my goals there and they are going to give me a follow up call in a month to see where I am with my short term goals.

-Have fun and meet people

Here are some tools I am using to get me there:

-I have 2 workout apps that I am using. 1-Zombie Run 5K training. It is so funny. As I run there is a story that is playing out. I have to run from zombies and accomplish a mission. It tracks my speed, pace, and is an 8 week training schedule. 2-Fitness Flow which plays workout videos that I can do at my own pace, it is free by the way, the Zombie run I paid a few bucks for. I have another app that I can record my meals on and monitor my calories but I haven't started that yet and am unsure if I will right now. 

-A commitment to eat better during this process. I had a coach tell me that you can't build muscles on marshmallows. LOL. I plan on cutting out soda, uping the fruits, veggies, and proteins, and cutting out free food. Free food is my weakness and makes me overeat because sometimes I have no self control and see food has currency. If it is free and I have lots of it I am flying high but really I am not.

-Time-I am making this a priority and will commit 3 days a week to running and 2 days to strength training. I plan to do most of this after work or during lunch. I am thinking about getting up early to exercise but maybe later. Roan still gets up at night and I get up at 6 am for work and I value sleep especially during training.

-Talking about it. I am not trying to become an obsessive exercise person, but I think putting it out there gets me pumped up and makes me accountable. I don't want to say I am going to do this and then do nothing and run into someone I was bragging to months from now and they see that I am still sitting on the couch doing nothing. Heck no!!

There ya have it. I am feeling strong today.

Todays Update:
Yesterday I walked/ran on the treadmill with Zombies for 32 minutes.
Today I walked 2 miles during lunch.
Free food was put out at work and I passed it up.

I am open to suggestions and thoughts? What has worked for you with training for a 5K? Suggestions or recipes for eating better? What time of the day works best for working out for you?

Love you all!!


  1. Yay! You go girl! If I could run I'd be right there by your side. I love to run and have loved the races I've been in. I trained for my first 5k in college when I signed up for a jogging class. The best decision ever! It got me over my fear of running and I actually completed a goal and it felt great.

    For me running in the morning worked best. It would too often get pushed back or not done if I tried to get it in later in the day. Plus I love having the massive energy boost in the morning and being all clean from a shower. Such a great way to start the day.

    Diet is a very important part of training. There are millions of opinions out there. My advice is to simply be smart. Eat as close to nature as possible and remember to eat (lightly) every 2 hours to keep your blood sugar stable. Pair a protein with a carbohydrate (ie: apple and cheese, yogurt and nuts, etc.).

    Good luck. You can totally do this! ::hugs::

  2. That zombie one sounds like a lot of fun!

    Good for you for getting back to healthy habits. I'm trying, but my motivation evaporated during Christmas and I'm trying to find it again.

  3. The zombie run sounds like fun! Great luck with your goals.... and a little birdy told me it was your birthday... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a wonderful day. I just turned 30 last month and I wasn't looking forward to it at all..but it happend, just like life does.

  4. The zombie run sounds like fun! Great luck with your goals.... and a little birdy told me it was your birthday... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a wonderful day. I just turned 30 last month and I wasn't looking forward to it at all..but it happend, just like life does.

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I think I may have missed it by a day, but wanted to wish you a happy 30th!

    I just celebrated my big 3-0 last week, and its been a GREAT transition into a new decade!

    Hope you were spoiled and had a lot of fun!

    ♥ Celina

  6. Karen said it was your birthday today, so happy birthday!!!

  7. I hear from Karen you are now 30 well happy birthday to you and have a rocking rest of the year, lose the weight you want to lose do that 5k run without collapsing and wetting yourself...........because I would do both............lol

  8. A little bird (OK, it was Karen) told me it was your birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    As far as 5k training, I absolutely loved the couch 2 5k training plan -and I used that to kick-start myself into half marathon training. I found that working out in the morning was best (even though I am so not a morning person) because my evenings are always unpredictable. Good luck!

  9. Congrats!!! That's awesome you are going to be running a 5k. I have always wanted to try, but I'm so nervous. But we all have to start somewhere, right?

    A little birdie told me today is your BIRTHDAY?!?! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have the best day ever :)

  10. Stopping by from Karen's to say Happy Birthday! 30 is awesome! At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

    I'm also planning on running a 5K this year, although I've given myself until September to get ready. There is no way I could use the zombie app, as I may or may not have an actual fear of zombies, and I don't think that app would do me any favors.

  11. Happy Happy Birthday! 30 is awesome! I wish I could be 30 again! ENJOY!


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