Morning loves!  I’ve decided to “re-do” Couch to 5k this week, and this time I opted to bring it outdoors!  In Texas we had a workout room in our apartment community and a less than walk-able/run-able actual community.  -Not to mention it was pretty hot 🙂

Our new town has a beautiful green-way right down the street from our apartment PERFECT for morning runs while it’s still crispy cool here in Colorado.  Jay and I are working the program together (even though he’s a big intimidating Marine running machine – he’s agreed to go at my pace until I can pick it up a bit).It only takes about half an hour and we don’t have to drive anywhere so it’s fits very easily into our morning routine.  I’ll admit that I had made it through week 7 in Austin (indoors), but the extremely high elevation here combined with the fact that I had never run outside before set me back, and I’ve decided to just start over!  No shame in it.

It was rough, but I think swimming I’ve done this summer has helped my endurance.  Jay and I enjoyed doing this together and we’re planning (until schedules change) on running Wednesday, Friday, Sunday mornings 🙂

*If you try running for the first time, don’t forget to stretch and feed yourself!

Here are the instructions for “Cool Running’s” version:  You can run a 5k in just 9 weeks!

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.
7 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Healthy Living Q&A

July 10, 2010

Hola!  I have to tell you I was worried trying to come up with a topic for tonight’s post.  I was feeling pretty drained from work + the heat BUT not to worry because tonight’s post is entirely inspired by some of you!

Lately, I’ve been getting a few messages asking me about healthy living, fitness, and life-style changes vs. dieting.  I could probably ramble on and on and on about these topics, so I think I’ll do just that!  I didn’t entirely intend on this space being used as a “food blog” but I don’t like labels anyway!

I’m going to try to include more of my personal food and fitness choices in more of my posts since I’ve realized there’s interest!

So, be prepared to see more smoothies, baking, vegetarian alternatives, and healthy substitutes in every day meals.  I’ll admit though that at times our budget allows for mostly pastas, rice, and potatoes all paired with an assortment of veggies.

But, in the spirit of Making Somethin Outta Nothin – it’s truly less expensive to eat whole and healthy foods in times of financial trouble.

I’m not kidding!  Frozen fruits + veggies, boxed (whole) potatoes, boxed brown rice, and whole grain pastas are truly what have gotten us through this past year.  But, we were able to eat healthily during the hardest times which made us stronger, happier, and able to persevere.  There were times that Jay’s mother would get upset thinking that we weren’t eating, but there were very few times I actually worried about food.  The above ingredients go A LONG WAY! 🙂

Okay, short and sweet tonight folks.  I think I may even fall asleep on the ride home.  NOT to worry! Jay and I carpool and I will be calling the passenger seat!

Have a great night everyone, + please post any comments, requests, or questions that you may have!

Last night, I randomly decided to check my gym’s fitness class schedule to see if I could fit in a class before work.  I found out there’s a spin class scheduled for 9am which left me time to shower before I start my first day at my new job!

I’ll have you know that this adorable video makes it look easy and… it is not! 😉  I got there really early and the instructor helped to set me up and get started which was awesome because I had NO IDEA what I was doing.  I am so sore right now, but wicked happy I tried something new to start off such a great day.

I reported for duty on my first day as a “showing assistant” for rental properties at 11am and had a great day getting to know everyone, filling out paperwork, and learning as much as I could – as fast as I could.  I shadowed once and bam I was on my own!  I showed a beautiful home to a couple that was relocating from the East Coast.  (Insert perfect first time scenario here).

So, I’m still getting used to having my camera on me at all times for blogging purposes… but after work Jay and I headed out to a really cute health food restaurant on our street.  Yesterday, when I did some coupon clipping I found an amazing free food comp for this place which included an entire free meal so we ate out together for just a few dollars in celebration of a JOB well done!

Due to my missing camera: You are only receiving a picture of my left overs …my apologies!

How yummy does that look?  It had goat cheese, lettuce, roasted tomatoes, humus, and seasonal veggies 🙂

Dinner for two nights for free… you really can’t beat that somethin’ outta nothin magic!  So next time you’re tossing the coupon mags into the recycle bin, give it a chance!  You never know when you’re going to find a gem such as this little night out!

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on other coupon usage in the future.

I hope you all had a great day!  I’m so thankful for my recent turn of events and I’m so focused on keeping the positivity flowing.  And, that’s really what my blog is all about…It’s so empowering to stop worrying about what you DON’T have and start focusing on what you DO have.

Gratitude is a powerful thing…if you can constantly find a way to appreciate the things that are already a part of your life – I’m certain good things will start and continue to come your way!

There is always something in front of you that has the power to make you happy and to enjoy each moment.  However, there are times where it may not seem as obvious and some assembly may be required!

Just remember how beautiful and capable you are without letting anything get in the way of your own self image.

How do you feel about the “law of attraction” or how has it worked for you?