Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Workout update! The 5k/30 day challenge!

I had a great talk with Warrior Woman (one of My Sailor's awesome sisters) and in the end, it inspired me. See, she works full time, has a young child, and a husband with a conflicting schedule and she STILL manages to run a 5k every morning! Pretty impressive, eh?

So, instead of running the occasional 5k and "hoping" somehow I'll magically be ready for many of the events I want to do, I've decided I seriously need to invest in finishing these events if I'm going to attempt them. And that means I need to put the proper preparation in. After all, refusing to prepare is the same as preparing to fail.

My new challenge? DO 5K EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS.

Now, I'm giving myself the following guidelines:
This can be run, jogged, walked, or done on the elliptical.

Monthly Measurement days will remain the same (the 17th of each month).
Weight will be recorded once a month, and the lowest weight during the month will be recorded.

So I started TODAY! Clydas and I walked for about a quarter mile (so he could pee and we could warm up).  We ran the rest of the way at about 6mph, which was pretty awesome! So I have 2 more laps around my complex to complete the 5k. My Sailor might be around this evening, so I might rope him into doing it with me, but if not, it shouldn't take me more than 20 minutes.

Making my health a priority has taken a big shift in my mindset over the past few years, so this feels like the natural next step.

I'm not too worried about the number on the scale at this point. I'm counting my calories (you can find my daily food and work out diaries at, look for JDRBT) and doing the work, so the pounds should eventually fall off. It's just a matter of time and consistency. Do the work, and the rewards will follow.

I checked my years worth of weight records on MyFitnessPal and it showed that I'm UNDER where I was in April. Not by much, but I'm getting there. So if I keep on keepin' on, I should be right on target to reach my goals next year.


  1. I'm glad to see that you are allowing cross training in this challenge. One thing you have to be careful about is increasing your mileage to quickly - it can lead to injuries such as stress fractures. Keep some of the running days easy days - meaning you can carry a conversation. Use at least one run a week to push the pace and or hold a tempo. The general rule is not to increase mileage more than 10% over the previous week and every fourth week should be a a recovery week where you cut back the miles to let your muscles recover.

    If you are interesting in training for a specific event, like a half marathon, I would suggest looking for a training plan that fits your schedule. Runner's World has smart coach, runDisney has Galloway running plans, and there a miriad of others out there.

    You have a healthy approach to weight loss. As you ramp up your workouts, your body will change even more. Weight can be frustrating (ask me I know), but it is good to keep a check on it.

    No matter what, I'm sure you'll do great with your challenge.

  2. woohoo you can do it! if you are having trouble staying motivated, "Be a Man" from the Mulan soundtrack always gets me going :)