Couch to 5k – Week 1 Workout 1

 I began the Couch 2 5k training today. I feel exhilarated! I am so glad I didn’t use one of my usual excuses to not begin the challenge today. I’ve started this plan before but never got past week 5, so I decided to start at week 1 again. This time I am going to stick to the plan. Goal:  I want to run the Susan G. Komen for the Cure 5k in October. I have walked this 5k for two years in a row and want to step it up a notch!

Me and my girls at Komen for the Cure 2010

I am very happy that I was able to get the workout in on a work day. I didn’t let that little voice in my head take over and coax me to sit on the couch and watch t.v. instead.



Ready to workout!




Couch to 5k running plan – posted on my wall in my exercise room.



First workout – done!

my exercise room. it’s getting smaller with all the equipment.

I found some good runner tips in Runner’s World. I’ll be sharing these over the next few weeks in order to stay motivated for the challenge.

“The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments. Beginning runners need to think in minutes not miles. “ – Bud Coates, U.S. Olympic marathon trials qualifier/coach.

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Friday-Eve

It’s Friday-eve. It’s my last day of my workweek and I always look forward to that. I have announced that tomorrow will be Gina-day! Every once in a while I treat myself to a day just for ME! Of course, it probably won’t last all day, but I’ll take what I can get.

Tonight, after work, I cycled on the stationary bike while watching a few Dr. Oz episodes I had recorded. It was a good workout. I’m scheduled to run tomorrow, so I wanted to do a light workout. I’m so proud of myself for fitting in a few workouts on my workdays! Go Gina!

Here’s what I had for dinner tonight:

Chicken Florentine with an applesauce cup and green tea

Don’t think for a minute that I’m a gourmet cook or anything. This was actually one of those skillet dinners. Very easy to make and very tasty also. I love pasta recipes with spinach.

I recently subscribed to Runners World magazine. I thought this is a good idea since I’m trying to run more and I need all the help I can get. I got my Runners World free gift in the mail today. So, while eating dinner I scanned over the tips it provided for beginning runners. I was very interested to read a tip that beginners should focus more on minutes than on miles. Maybe that’s what I need to do.

After dinner, I plan on relaxing and enjoying a glass of chardonnay!

Do you have any tips for beginning runners? I’d love to hear from you.