From Couch Potato To 5k Ready

I most frequently fail in fitness and nutrition. Sometimes I can find myself in a good place working out regularly and following a relatively healthy diet, but I often return to lethargy and binge eating ruining all my progress. That’s where I am now, ready to stop wallowing and rebuild!

Running is not exactly like riding a bike. After taking a significant break (mine has been about a year) you can throw the gym shoes on and hop on a trail or treadmill, but odds are you won’t be able to immediately return to your normal pace and endurance (and if you can fuck off). How do you get back to where you were?

  • Commit to an upcoming event for motivation. I am signed up to run the Color in Motion 5k June 25th with some friends and the Golden Eagle 5k April 30th through NEIU. Will I be running competitively for either of these? Not a chance in hell, but I am hoping to be able to run the full 5k without walking or resting.
  • Aim for slow steady progress. If I can’t run more than a mile consistently, I will return to running intervals where for 15 minutes I repeat 30 seconds sprinting and 90 seconds walking. After doing this 3-5 times spread over a week I’m normally back in a place where I can steadily run a mile. After that each time I run I aim to build distance until I can run all the way through.
  • At that point it becomes time to challenge yourself. Add sprints in your run to break up a monotonous pace. Set small goals to shorten your overall time. If you have a friend who’s in better shape than you (who doesn’t?) ask them to go on a jog with you.

Fitness becomes boring when you choose to treat it like a chore. Trust me, I often return to that mindset myself, but there are ENDLESS workout options out there. Not a runner? No problem. Gym shy? No problem. Not a lot of time? No problem. Stop giving yourself permission to push aside your health, and I will too.

Gracies Journey is an inspiration of mine. You can watch her whole fitness journey. It is an impressive transformation that she owns was not without setbacks.


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