photo by Timothy Takemoto via flickr

Several months ago, I wrote about my decision get off my ass and start the Couch 2 5K running program. Everyone was very supportive and let me just say, I truly appreciated all the encouragement. I have to admit, though, that in the back of my mind, I was not 100% sure I would ever make the 5k goal.

That’s a lot of running.

If I’m being honest, I’ve never had great success with “programs.” Oh, I start out with gang busters and have the best intentions of finishing but I never complete them. Either injury, boredom or just plain laziness has always gotten in the way of a successful ending. I’d tell myself, ah well, there’s always next time. What’s the rush?

I guess, a few months ago, I finally faced the facts that I’m running out of next times. So, after hearing so many friends and acquaintances talking about running (the C 2 5K or not), I decided to go for it.

My sister jokingly told me that while she’s not against being active, there would have to be a crazed monster chasing her before she’d run 5K. I replied that, sadly, I’d had a good look in the mirror recently and that my ass was the crazed monster chasing me. That’s why I was doing it. We had a good laugh but I wasn’t entirely kidding. I wasn’t too pleased about the rear view.

So, fast forward to today. I have completed Couch 2 5K. Yes! Start to finish, no shortcuts or adjustments, I did the whole thing! In fact, I’ve run 5K several times now. OH YEAH BABY!!!!!  I can’t say enough about what a great program it is. It might sound intimidating but it’s a slow process and completely doable. I did have a few set backs due to some serious pain in my feet. I ended up replacing both my running shoes and my tennis shoes with new, higher quality shoes and thankfully the pain in my feet has gone away.

Proper footwear is essential.

For those who are interested in the results…frustratingly, I haven’t lost any weight. However, I have lost a total of 6.4 inches all over and the crazed monster that is my ass is shaping up…slowly.  There has been some significant toning going on, my clothes fit better and my cardio endurance is much improved.  I can see a big difference when I’m playing tennis. All good things.

I know that I shouldn’t really care what the scale says but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that the needle hasn’t budged. I plead with it weekly with no avail. I’ll keep trying though. 😀

So, that brings me to what’s next.

Between you and me, I want to do the 10K before my 40th birthday in August. 10K sounds totally daunting to me right now but I downloaded the Bridge to 10K app and it has the same slow buildup to the distance. So, I feel pretty good about it. If I go by the program, I should achieve my goal before July but I want to make sure that I have time to take it slow if I start having pain in my feet again. I think finishing by August is totally reasonable…scary, but reasonable.

Holy crap…10K.

Now that’s a lot of running…

I can do this.


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10 Responses to “New Goals-Couch 2 5K Update” Subscribe

  1. Toni April 26, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    You go, girl! I have faith in you.

    Keep posting updates. We miss you.

  2. Michele April 26, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Awesome!! That’s great news. Extra congrats because you pulled it off in Singapore’s climate — like exercising in a steam room. I’ve had friends do the Bridge to 10K, and it worked. If you’re losing inches but not pounds, that just means you’re building muscle while losing fat. Don’t let it get you down.

    Buying new shoes was a good call. I ignored the pain in my feet while doing boot camp for a few weeks. I thought I shouldn’t wimp out and should just push through the pain. Well, the bad shoes messed up my left ankle so bad (feels like a sprain with swelling, but there was no actual trauma) that I still can’t run or balance on just my left foot. I have to do elliptical and low impact cardio, and this has now been going on for a year.

    • NikiC April 26, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Hi Michelle!

      I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle! I know it must be frustrating to be dealing with it for so long. Have you seen anyone about it?

      I had been having some initial discomfort when I would put pressure on my feet after being off of them for a while (ie. first thing in the morning or after sitting and watching tv for a bit.) Switching my running shoes fixed that issue but I kept having problems after playing tennis. After getting tired of it and speaking to the tennis pro, he gently mentioned that my shoes were not the greatest in terms of support. Switched them up as well and I’m good to go now. Thank God it was just the shoes! I was dreading having to see a doctor about it.

      I wish I could say that I’ve been enjoying the Singapore climate while running. I’ve done the whole thing on a treadmill because I’ve been chicken about running outside. Between the steam room weather and my knees, I’ve kept to the gym in our building. I have a friend in town who keeps trying to get me to go out with her and I’m thinking it’s about time I joined her. While my iPod playlist keeps it interesting, the view from the treadmill is getting a little boring. 😀

      • Dad April 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

        Darn right you can do it!!! And I am (and always have been) proud of you. Love from Georgia.


  3. suzanne April 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Hi Niki,

    congratulations on your success, very inspiring. I enjoy reading your blog as there is always a laugh out loud moment in it for me. This time it was you bit on the monster chasing you. So funny.

    I have been trying for a year now with very limited success to get back in shape, injury keeps dogging me but I try and stay determined. I have a monster too except mine is the barrel shape that lives around my middle.

    Good luck on your 10k


    • NikiC April 27, 2012 at 7:25 am #

      Hi Suzanne!

      Thank you so much! I’m glad I can offer a laugh now and then. Part of me would love to tell you that I embellished that part for comedic effect but that was almost word for word how my conversation with my sister went. Sadly, I really did have that moment looking in the mirror and thinking, OMG when the hell did THAT show up? It was a very similar feeling to when I noticed my back fat for the first time. 😀

      Congratulations to you too for staying determined! I can totally relate to how frustrating it is to work so hard and not get much closer to your goal. For me this is the first time that I haven’t given up when I’ve hit a wall. I had to stop for a week once or twice to let my feet recover but I got back at it as soon as I could. I wish I knew what was different this time and why I didn’t have it in me before.

      Good luck to you as well!


  4. Fairlie May 1, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Wow! You did so well. And of course, now the 10K will be a breeze…the hard work is over.


    (PS I have answered your questions at my blog, but I couldn’t work out how to email them direct back to you)

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