25 Feb

Last week, I did the unthinkable!! and I did it without even a second thought!!

What did I do, you ask?!?!








I will stop using caps now!!

I have not run a mile since high school and that was forever ago!

I tried running earlier in this journey and failed miserably!

What the heck was I thinking?!?

Who the heck knows what got into my crazy head but I did it and I sought out to train for this newest challenge of mine! I am such a challenge junkie!

So, Sunday I layered up and went out for Day 1 of the Couch to 5K training program!

‘Then Tuesday it rained all day!!

I went out in it anyway for Day 2!!

And today it snowed!!

I went out in it anyway for Day 3!!!

Please enjoy a photo journey of today’s SLOGGER event!!

This pike path runs one block from my road and runs through 4 towns.

Since my town’s school had school, that section was plowed!! Pretty, isnt it?!?!

I am not good at self-portraits but here is the before training pic!

Sorry about the glare but do you see those 3 green check marks?!?!

I complete the first week of the Couch to 5K!!

Do I look sweaty?!?

I certainly felt sweaty!!

and stinkin’ proud!!

How are my fellow Couch to 5Kers?!?!

and those of you awesome runners….can you suggest how I prevent or relieve shin soreness?

Thanks for all  the support, love and encouragement!!

Days left til Fitbloggin 10!!

22 Responses to “SLOGGIN'”

  1. Michelle February 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Holy cow girl! Good for you for going out in this crap weather anyway, that is some determination right there!

  2. Bari_F February 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Awesome, awesome, awesome job on completing your first week of the c25k!!!!!! Woot-woot! I am so proud of you :)As for the shin soreness, I'm experiencing the same thing due to my increase in distance and pace. From what I've read (and I am no expert), warm up and cool down with each workout (your 5k app looks the same as my 10k so these are probably built in), you really need to have rest days in between (which it looks like you are doing) and you need to stretch, especially your calves because tight calf muscles will torque on your tibia and fibia and can cause pain. Pausing your workout after the 5 minute warmup and doing some stretches then may help, too. Not having the right shoes or having feet that roll-in (over pronating) can also cause shin problems, so if you keep having issues, you might want to check with a running store and maybe try orthotics to support your arches. I hope this info helps! Keep up the great work, Jen!

    • jeninRL February 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

      I need to find a running store near me!! I think the nearest one is an houraway ~ 😦

  3. Bari_F February 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    On your “non-run” days, you might want to do something completely unrelated to walking or running, like a weights workout or yoga to take the pressure off of your shins.

  4. Kat February 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Congratualtions! I just found your blog via Shannon's tweet about dailymile. I will try to find you there to help cheer you on for your first 5K. Very exciting! I have not done a race yet, but want to do one this year…

    • jeninRL February 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

      Well hello!! are you @dailykat ?!?! I will follow ya! are you going toFitbloggin?!?

  5. Trish February 26, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    I am so stinkin' proud of you!! You totally rocl, and are gonna do awesome at Fitbloggin…I will be cheering you on from here in Maine…so I need tweets darlin'…play by play! xoxo

  6. marisaloserforlife February 26, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    whooo hoooo!!! Can't wait to slog with ya!

  7. PhatBFF February 26, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    You are such a freaking ROCKSTAR!! (all caps cause I MEAN IT!!) I'm so proud of you Jen!! To get out in the elements and stick with it all week! Keep going girl! You can do it!Jen

  8. MizFit February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    lots and lots of love for you, woman.ILL BE THERE CHEERING YOU ON….

  9. Christie O. February 26, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    you are SO.CUTE! DEFINITELY BANKABLE, GIRL!!! I loved couch to 5k. Yes, there were times that I thought I would die while running. Yes, there were times I thought it would never end. But it did bring me to be able to run a 5k, no question about it. Just as it will for you. If you ever need support on Couch to 5k, please let me know! I did it!! Keep running sister, I'll be proud to run with you at Fitbloggin!!! xo Congrats A MILLION FOR GETTING OUT THERE!!!!! *BIG HUGE HIGH FIVES FOLLOWED BY A BIG FAT HUG!*

  10. lastminutemandy February 26, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Wooooohooo! mama! So awesome. You are so awesome!Can't wait to give you high fives in person at fitbloggin right after you finish the 5K!!!

  11. anng February 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Definitely bankable experiences! You can do it!!

  12. ladybugs714 February 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Yeah for you Jen! That's sooo awesome! Hoping the snow will cease soon so you can enjoy your runs. I got thru a few weeks of C25K last year and can't wait to start again when the snow/rain/drizzle crap quits! Keep us posted!!!

  13. Christy_TheSistherhood February 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    You did awesome, Jen! I'm so proud of you. Seriously! I don't think I could've done it in the snow and rain. GO A-TEAM!

  14. BrookeF February 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    your first race – how awesome!!!! :)love the snow pictures. and good for you for braving the cold!

  15. Biz February 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    You can do it Jenn! I so wish I were going to Fitbloggin! Oh well, maybe Foodbuzz next year??Way to kick ass! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • jeninRL February 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

      foodbuzz?!?!who did you say is your brother?and thanks for believing in me!!<3 jen

  16. Mel's Box of Chocolates February 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Way to go Jen! I'm impressed you ran through the snow. We didn't have a snow day, but if we did you would have found me at home in my pj's for sure!! Keep up the great work. You are gonna kick my butt at the race!

  17. Merry Mary February 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    So proud of you! Can't wait to slog through the 5k with you!

  18. Merry Mary February 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    So proud of you! Can't wait to slog through the 5k with you!


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