Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Couch to 5K


I have jumped on the fat-kids trying to run bandwagon!

I started the Couch to 5k program last week and things are going really well (read: I hate my life while doing it, but after wards I am super proud of myself).

The 3 workouts per week consist of alternating running and walking. Each week the amount of running increases while the walking decreases. The goal of the 9-week plan is to enable the runner to build up enough endurance to complete a 5k (3.1 miles) without stopping. I think I might actually throw myself a party if in 9-weeks I can run over 3 miles without stopping to cough up an organ or massage a cramped leg muscle!

After only 4 “sessions” I am now able to run for about 3 minutes at a time before needing to walk. That may sound laughable, but for a girl who used to get winded walking up a flight of stairs, it’s great!

My good friend A. started the plan about a week before I did and she definitely motivated me to start. I think it is a huge help to have someone else doing it as well who you can talk (and sometimes commiserate) with. I usually go to the gym for my workouts (I LOVE Cardio Cinema!) but have also gone over to A’s house and used her treadmill. We like to watch random music videos and sing at the top of our lungs. We are just cool like that.

I started the program exactly 9 weeks before my scheduled arrival in Alaska. I am hoping that by the time I get there I am able to not only run 3 miles but hike my little heart out. It’s Alaska after all (Denali no less), so hiking more this time around is definitely on the agenda. My goal is to scale Mt. Healy (a post on that is sure to follow sometime this summer).

I’ll keep ya’ll posted on my progress!



10 thoughts on “Couch to 5K

  1. I’m on week 3 of C25K! Love reading your experience, I too feel like I can do more and more each time I run, and my calves hurt too!!

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  3. This is awesome. I’ve been saying for a while now that I would start the couch25k, but I haven’t done it yet. Saturday, I did intervals on the treadmill, so I guess I *kinda* started it. Off to the gym before work to get my c25k on!

    • Nice! I am on week three and things are going really well. I am only supposed to be doing 3 minute runs but I am feeling stronger and can go for 5 minutes now. The next few weeks will be tough though…. I wonder at what point my calf muscles will stop hurting so much! Good luck with your C25K journey!

  4. Awesome! You should be proud of your progress! Being able to hike through freaking amazing, I assume, Alaskan mountains will be a great reward & I think worth it!

  5. Hey Whit how is this coming along now that your a little further in?

    • It’s going well! I am on week 3 now and am consistently running 3 minutes at a time. It’s hard though! Next week I should (should being the keyword) be able to do 5 minutes at a time. I feel amazing after each work out. I’m pretty proud of myself!

  6. I just saw your tweet on the right side of your page that you now follow Charlie Sheen’s. Bwahahahaha! I think that’s hilarious and so “Whitney”, you love getting the dirt on people’s lives! You are always in my heart as my fabulously funny friend 🙂

    • Oh man, Nat. That gut surely entertains me. I feel really bad for him because obviously he has had some king of mental break, but he sure sends out some amusing (and completely nonsensical) tweets!

  7. Sweet! You’re my hero. I should join this bandwagon. I don’t really get winded walking or whatever, but as soon as I start running, I’m toastio. Lol. And yes, I’m jealous of your alaska adventure. 🙂 I want to go somewhere fun and exciting!

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