Countdown to 5K, Real and Raw: Week 2

Well, I did it.  I completed my first week of training for the October 5k: 3 so-called runs.  (At this point of the Couch to 5K program, the workouts alternate running and walking).

Excerpts from my daily log:

Day 1:  Hard when treadmill failed.  Went outside.  Kept going through frustration about change – it wasn’t what I planned.  Was scared I’d trip.  No music.  Faced the silence boldly.  Wet towel from Aidan midway helped when I started to feel overheated.

Day 2: Outside again.  Listened to Legally Blonde soundtrack.  Same route.  Didn’t dread it.  Being outside, even on busy streets, helps me mentally.  

Day 3: Was slow today, because I’ve had an exhausting week and woke for the day at 4:30 AM.  Also had very sore left calf.  Humid today.  Determination and Glee cast recordings got me through.

Admist all this running and logging, I’m looking for one solid takeaway per week. Nothing earth shattering or ground breaking.  Just one tidbit that you and I can use as reminders for ourselves as we pursue our major goals.

This week’s tidbit: as you pursue your plan, stay flexible.  Before I started training, I visualized myself running on my treadmill.  The treadmill is convenient.  It’s inside my house. It’s in air conditioning.  Sounded perfect.  As soon as I stepped on it, however, the power went out.  I’d forgotten that circuit can’t handle the treadmill and air conditioning simultaneously. So I switched to running outdoors.  And you know what?  Once I got over the fact that I didn’t plan it to go down that way, I liked it.

Here’s my video report:

Where could staying flexible help you over a hurdle this week? 


  1. Cindy

    You are inspiring me to find my way back to dancing or Zumba – once I get over the initial hump of getting started, I hope I see similar shifts and more flexibility, literally and figuratively!

    • Debra Woog

      It's true that getting started seems to be the hardest part. That an setting up the system. Once you've begun working the system it'a all downhill. For me, I set up the times and days – wake up early at 6:00 M/W/F – and then set my iPhone alarm so it automatically goes off each weekday at the appropriate time. Set it and forget it!

  2. Meg Manderson

    Hi Deb! You go, girl! Running and this body are not compatible (Altho I have dreams of running easily the way some people dream of flying!) But I, too, have decided to control what I can control and let the whirling Dervishes whirl. I have lost 62 pounds since Jan, with Weight Watchers, which finally has a program you can live with forever, and Zumba which provides me with the dance and social aspects I need not to get bored. I also do some free weight work. All in all, I have reclaimed my body, enhanced my mobility and feel better all around. As for inspiration, this last, rather challenging portion of my life has been guided by Pema Chodrun's books and tapes. I particularly liked Comfortable with Uncertainty and When Things Fall Apart. I love a Buddhist with a sense of humor!

    • Debra Woog

      Hey Meg, congratulations on reclaiming your body! You are officially on my Inspirations List! I'm off to read some Pema Chodron…

  3. Fordo

    You go, Deb! I decided to change my life in lots of ways last January. And for the first time ever, I actually did it. I actually kept a New Year's resolution. I did the C25K program myself and I had to start with running a quarter-mile, walking a quarter-mile, running a quarter-mile, walking a quarter-mile. And I was able to run a 5K 8 weeks later. And then I was hooked and ran a 10K in June. And now I'm training for a Half in November! It's so addictive once you see yourself gaining stamina. And the pounds just melted off me because of it.

    Good luck! I'm excited to read and watch your weekly updates!

    • Debra Woog

      Woohoo, Fordo! You're now on my Inspiration List too, along with Meg, Stef and Peter Shankman! Thanks for the encouragement and for following this latest chapter of my story. I hope to be following in your footsteps!<p style=”font-size: 12px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 3px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; “>

  4. kristen

    PS – I cant wait to run this race with you!

  5. kristen

    I listen to the Glee songs too, my absolute favorite running song is Loser Like Me. Recall I told you that I get a lot of anger out when running? I "hear" Kiernan in that song, and I see him singing it to his old preschool teacher. My other favorite is Firework – I hear myself singing it to him to remind him that teachers and naysayers like her only fail from their smallmindedness in the long run.

    • Debra Woog

      What a powerful way to express yourself through music! Are we going to play tunes during the 5k?

  6. Stefanie Frank

    Ha! I remember when I was there you telling me that the circuits can't handle the AC and treadmill at the same time. How funny.

    I'm glad you're running outside. I've heard the treadmill referred to as the "dreadmill" a lot. Now I can't lie, there have been (many) times during this relentless summer heat that I wished we had one. Tony even offered to find me one but who am I kidding — we don't have space for it and, if I were truly desperate, I could go to the gym.

    You've proven that being flexible and stepping outside your comfort zone pays off. You'll be racing your 5k outside — at least some of your runs should take place there. 🙂 PROUD OF YOU!
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    • Debra Woog

      How is it that you could remember that from last August to this August but I failed to? Anyway, as you say, it's all for the best. As long as the weather is decent I'm going to keep going outside.