Saturday, September 17, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 5 Review - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer


BIG THINGS to report on this week. THIS. WEEK. WAS. HUGE.

Report #1 - I almost died. BUT NO for real this time! I ran outside all week this week (more on this below). I was running on the track near my home and was busy concentrating on landing right with my feet, breathing correctly, and not dying. Out of the very corner of my eye, I saw a poor lost pup! Being the dog lover I am (seriously people, dogs are love wrapped in fur) I immediately started heading over to bring the poor pooch back to his family. As I look up - IT WAS NO DOG! It was a doe - a deer - A FEMALE DEER!



She came rocketing out of the woods with purpose. As soon as I looked up and realized what creature was bounding straight for me - I think she realized it too. We were both pretty scared! She scurried back into the safety of nature and I kept on running. . . Only in Wisconsin, folks.

Report #2 - YES I went outside again! Remember back to week 3 when I swore that would never happen again? The worst part of my experience were the absolutely awful earbuds I was using. Having to run while holding a device into your ear hole really takes away from your workout. I have enough to concentrate on (remember - breathe, land right with the foot, don't die). Well you see, when you ask God he provides. The good people at AYL sent me a pair of AX8 Bluetooth Earphones to try out in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.



Now when I saw this offer I thought - crap. This means I have to run outside again. BUT I really wondered if having the right gadgets would truly make a difference. And so, I said why not. WELL I am so glad I did! These headphones came with three different ear tips for the perfect fit. The earphones came with the medium sized ear tips and nope, those guys were too big. I went down to the smaller tip and they were perfect! Once I was done playing Goldilocks and the Three Bears (oh PLEASE don't let any bears come out of the woods next week) - it was time to hit the pavement. These earphones are wireless so that was really nice, too. I was able to not worry about being connected to my cell phone. I don't yet have an arm band and putting my phone in my sports bra is gross, so I have to hold my phone while I run. AND guess what?! The headphones didn't fall out of my ears! Not even once! I have also had them now a bit over a week and they are still on the original charge so they don't drain easily. I would honestly recommend these to anyone looking for a good fit - even just for listening to music at home.



Report #3 - I ditched the Couch to 10K program. At the end of week 4 I was feeling defeated. The program had me running up to 5 minutes at a time. I was struggling with 3 minutes!  I hit that 5 minute mark I think once that week and I just couldn't get to it again. I was feeling like a failure. Ready to hang up my sneakers and cheer my friends on from the sidelines. But then - it sorta hit me. WHY am I doing such a typical program? Lord knows I am nothing but typical. And so - I decided to do my own thing. I would do a 1 minute run followed by a 2 minute BRISK walk. You can do anything for 60 seconds, right? And so I did. AND I had the most progressive week yet. I ran further (double the distance of weeks 1-4) and my pace was so much better. I have hit nearly 3 miles each run this week! That's a 5K people. I actually signed up for a local 5K that is taking place next week so I am really fired up to put my hard work into a real race!



Have you ever been working hard towards a goal and realized you were doing it the hard way? How did you make it easier? Let's chat below!

 (To follow my journey from the start - view all my running posts.)

31 comments:

  1. The deer picture is so nice! The participation in 10K program is daring and I am glad you made it. :)

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  2. Your progress is quite inspiring! There's also doubt about ourselves every time we start to do a new thing, but reading how much you determinate progress in running, I must say is inspiring. Wish you the best luck for the coming a local 5K.

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  3. You are such an inspiration. We always try to be hard on ourselves when we want something. Good luck for the race.

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  4. I'm so glad you decided not to give up on running! Yes it is hard to find good headphones that don't fall out of your year, will have to check those out!

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  5. You go girl. I am so inspired by your determination and that deer pic is wonderful.

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  6. I am about to start my training again as I was training to run 10K and got hurt I am ready to start again. I have to get me a new FITBIT as that's what I use but I'm loving I loved it so much I broke it Ha.. But once I start up running it feels so awesome! Good for you for not giving up!

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  7. Well I have to say that has never happened to me haha! yay for running outside all week! looking forward to next weeks update! keep it up

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  8. Awesome girl! Running is all I wanted to do but I can't, you such an beautiful inspiration to me. Can't wait to see your next update.

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  9. I feel like I always do things the hard way! haha.. But keep with it and keep that amazing determination you have! And keep on running!

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  10. Keep it up! How inspiring - love the deer! I love it when the weather is nice and you can run outside.

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  11. You go girl!!! Running is NOT easy. Running is hard and it is so worth it. You go get that 10k!

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  12. I am glad you're sticking to your running, it will do wonders for your health. Sorry about that near death experience! I'm glad you're doing okay.

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  13. Yay, you!!!! I haven't run in years due to a knee injury, but when I did I was the healthiest I've ever been. Good job sticking with it.

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  14. Go you! Scary about the near death experience. I can handle 2 mile walks and maybe a 5k run. Anything beyond that though, I'm toast, lol.

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  15. This is so great. I really should do a program like this to get me going. I try to run 15 miles per week. Some weeks I make it. Other's I don't.

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  16. I tried the couch to 5k after i had my second baby and wow. It kicked my butt, but it did work! I even ran a 5k! I was just doing ti to get back in shape and ended up pushing myself enough to be ready for a race.

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  17. I would seriously pass out after chasing a dog! Running outside is hard enough. It seems like you're getting into the right mental state though!

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  18. I love the deer story! I have a similar one about fox pups. We had pomeranians growing up, and one day when I got home from school I thought that they had gotten out and were sitting way back on our property line - I walked and got about 10 feet away when I realized that they were not, in fact my dogs, but fox pups...luckily I backed away before Mama came out.

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  19. Even though that program was not right for you, I am so glad that you stuck with running anyway on your own terms. PS. I also have no idea what I would have done with the doe situation ;)

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  20. Keep on keeping on! You go girl :)

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  21. Get it girlie!!!!! So fun to follow along and watch you reach your goal!!! Keep up the good work!

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  22. It's awesome that you are customizing the program to work for you! I think that's the key to sticking with a workout routine long term.

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  23. hahaha Those deer will get you if you're not careful!! That sounds like you had a crazy and fun day!

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  24. Yes I find that most headphones fall out of your ear while running, I'm going to look into these AYL ones.

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  25. It's great that you were able to re-evaluate your your fitness plan and make it work best for you. I've gone through that same realization when trying to work out. It's better to ease your way into things in a way that you can sustain than killing yourself trying to do it like everyone else.

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  26. I would have been so scared of the deer! They can be dangerous! I like that you are open to altering your plan when it wasn't working for you! Good job. I hope it goes better.

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  27. I can certainly feel your pain regarding earphones! It is so difficult to find a pair that comfortably fits and stays in your ears when working out! So glad these worked out for you! I'm going to have to check them out myself!

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  28. It must have been so scary to have that deer charging at you like that. It would have scared the heck out of me.

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  29. You are so inspiring! I need to get off my tushy and start running again!

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  30. Yay, for persistance and determination. I remember when I started running, I wanted to give up so bad and I never thought I'd run a half marathon but I did. Keep at it girl!! You got this

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  31. We have deer in Florida that always pop out at the most random times! I wish I picked up running again since it was such an easy way to feel better and stay healthy!

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