Couch to 5k {Week 1}

By Kate |

I’ve had daydreams of becoming a casual runner for years. Daydreams only, for sure, because I am NOT a runner. No way, shape or form.

My husband, on the other hand, is such a runner that he ran a marathon last year while he was deployed. Not a real marathon, mind you. No, he ran 26.2 miles around the base where he lived all by himself. To prove to himself that he could. That is pretty much a description of my worst nightmare.

While I have no desire to run a marathon, I do wish to get in shape, build some endurance and learn to run. So this past week, I started a Couch to 5K program. In case you’re not familiar it’s a program to build running endurance through intervals of walking and running until you can run the length of a 5K. The idea is to go from sitting on the couch, a practice at which I am very skilled, to running a 5k in about 2 months. I’m using the RunMeter app on my iPhone which tracks the time and tells me when to walk and when to run. It also domes fancy things like keep my route and pace. At this point I couldn’t care less about pace as I’m just happy to finish each work out!

Making It Work (Out)

It’s a good thing my husband loves running. Because of his commitment to his own fitness he knows how important it is for me to get in shape. And, more importantly, how important it is for me to feel better about myself. To motivate me, provide support and take care of the kids all at once, he is literally bringing our family on my work outs. Yes, this past week all five of us walked together so I could complete my run/walk workouts.

Here’s what we do: my husband wears Max in a Baby Carrier and pushes the older kids in the Double Stroller. They walk the entire 30 minute work out. When I have to run, I pull ahead and when I slow back down to a walk I turn around and return to walk with them. It’s pretty awesome of my husband, don’t you think?

Posing in the driveway after C25K day 1.

As the running intervals get longer we’ll have to rethink out plan. Likely, my personal cheering section will have to stay home while I run the neighborhood loop alone. But for now, I love that we’re all together.

Stroller & Carrier Side Note

The Bumbleride Indie Twin is the best thing ever. We’ve been using it regularly for nearly 3 – yes, THREE – years. While they’re growing a little tall for the stroller, my five and three year olds are still well within the 90 pound weight limit. My daughter likes to recline and fall asleep on walks, while my son sits up and talks our ears off. Sometimes they both recline, unbutton the bottom of the huge sun canopies and talk to each other like they’re in a secret world.

We’re happy to have the Britax Baby Carrier in our baby wearing arsenal. It’s my husband’s preferred way to wear Max because he finds it easier (and more manly) than using the baby wrap or sling. We both really like the padded shoulder straps and padded waist belt which helps distribute weight. We are obviously using the Infant Insert which makes it a good fit for Max.

Completed Work Outs {Couch to 5k Week 1}

Each week of the couch to 5k consists of three work outs. This first week all of the work outs were the same and lasted a half an hour. Even though they were all the same, the first day it was 65 degrees and day 3 it was 85 degrees. What a difference the heat makes! Day 3 was actually more challenging physically but I’d better get used to the warm weather since summer is here in Alabama!

  • Days 1, 2 and 3: Warm Up Walk 5 minutes; Run 60 seconds, walk 90 seconds (repeat 8 times); Cool Down Walk 5 minutes


Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    Way to go I love that you are doing it together. I started this app then lost my phone. Really need to replace it and begin again.

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      The app is great so far – definitely makes it easy to follow the program.

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    Way to go Kate! Love that it is a family activity!

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      Thanks, Ann!

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    Way to go, Kate! I also have baby weight to lose and am trying to get motivated. It definitely isn’t coming off as easy with baby # 2. Where did you get your info on the Couch to 5K program? Sounds interesting and maybe even possible… I just joined a gym and tried pilates and Zumba. After a 3 year exercise hiatus, my body killed but in a completely good way. Looking forward to reading about your progress!

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      You can google to find all sorts of Couch to 5k info, but I’m just following the Runmeter app. It has a 5k training program for beginners and tells me when to run and when to walk.

      I hate to admit it, but I don’t think it helps to be a few years older when trying to lose the baby weight. Not that we’re old or anything, right Crystal!?

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    Thanks, Kate. When I get motivated, I will check out the app. Old – ha, ha! In my mind, I am still 28 or maybe 30 on some days… Doesn’t seem possible that we are in our mid-thirties.

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    Way to go! And its nice to have family support. It’ll be nice to look back in a few weeks to see what you have accomplished!

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    Hi Kate!

    Congratulations on completing Week 1!

    We are so happy to hear that Indie Twin is helping make your couch to 5k program possible!

    That’s great the whole family was able to help cheer you on.

    We will have to share your progress and goals with more of the Bumbleride Family.

    Good luck on Week 2!


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