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Looking Back at 5K and Moving Forward…

How Are You (doing so far)?

on February 4, 2013

Hello! Welcome!

It’s been over a month since my last post. It’s been over 4 years since I started this blog on my quest to record my Couch-to-5K progress. It was meant to be both a public and personal journal of what it took to get through those 9 weeks, and I got some feedback from readers during that time. There have been over 7,700 visits to the blog since, and I’m wondering if any of you are still out there.

If you have read through this blog and it has helped you in any way, please…let me know. Comment here. Let me know how you’re doing on the Couch-to-5K (C25K) plan or weight loss, adding exercise to your routine in general or whether the C25K changed anything in your life. I’d like to have a conversation and talk about things that might be bothering you or encouraging you about this plan, and it could help others to make that decision to try it. It’s been a while, but you might just teach me something I hadn’t learned in my own trek through those weeks when I was doing the workouts. Maybe the conversation will switch to something else. That’s okay, too.

If you need a refresher and it’s been a while since you came across this blog, peruse the weeks…they’re listed at the top and to the right. Thanks!

Have a happy and healthy day!

~ Shannan

4 responses to “How Are You (doing so far)?

  1. UmmAutumn says:

    I keep saying I am going to do it. First I needed shoes… next I needed time… now I need an I pod for the signals. I know I just need to GET OUT There!! This is really encouraging thanks! Glad I came across it.

  2. Shannan R. says:

    Hi UmmAutumn!

    Thanks for commenting! I’m so happy to hear that this blog helped you. I had trouble with little things like getting the “right” shoes and making sure I had the podcast I used, etc, and in the end, it does come right down to just starting. When you feel that urge to do it, be ready for that ahead of time, and it’ll be that much easier to start. The running gets easier over time, it really does. There’s hard work to it if it’s new to you, but you accomplish a lot in a short time if you choose to follow the layout of the C25K.

    Any complaints I make to myself while I’m running usually are just my head trying to come up with excuses to stop. Boredom, doubt, even accomplishment and not believing I’m actually doing it, can interfere. Have a plan and do it from start to finish. If you think to yourself that you’re going to do whatever your goal is and then so many minutes later you’ll be done, you’ll end up better for it, especially mentally.


  3. Katie says:

    I’m in the middle of the couch to 5k program. Yesterday I ran the 20 mins straight. 2.5 weeks ago (I skipped a few weeks) I struggled to run 60 seconds straight. When I finished those 20 mins I felt so proud and strong! Your blog post about completing those first 20 mins straight almost made me cry because it was like you were speaking my words. Tomorrow, I start week 6 🙂

  4. Shannan R. says:


    Thank you for commenting! I’m so happy that you were able to make it to 20 minutes! Isn’t it amazing how our bodies can jump from 5 to 8 to 20 minutes? So much of it is just getting through our telling ourselves to stop, that we can’t make it. But when it happens, it’s so great. Just remember when you have to jump up to a higher time that it’s not that big of a jump anymore. You’ve already done 20! Congrats, and keep going! You’re teaching your body about endurance. You’ve made it so far already. You’re inspiring ME to keep at it, too. 🙂

    ~ Shannan

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