Couch to 5K, part 2

After my miserable failure yesterday morning, I let Perry talk me into trying again last night.  I’ve never tried it twice in one day, but I decided to give it a try.  I didn’t expect to do great, but was thinking that if my second time in one day was no worse than the first, that would be a good thing.

So we waited for dusk, and we set out.

I DID IT!  I was hardly even breathing hard when finished, and I could have gone for more.  I was ready for week 2!  I am ready for week 2.

That’s good, because our next workout will be the beginning of week 2.  I can do this.


  1. Is your husband also doing the program? (You said “we” set out).

    • Tammy,
      My husband and 2 of my daughters are doing the program too. It’s much easier to push yourself when you’re in good company!

  2. i’m impressed! what do you think made the difference? just the time of day and, consequently, less heat?
    I’m 6 months pregnant and starting to experience a few “aches and pains”. Remembering your posts about walking during your pregnancy with Parker, I am inspired to get moving! We also have a household move coming up next month, so it’s a bit crazy around here, but I hope I can fit some exercise in at least a few days a week.

    • Melanie,
      I think the heat definitely had a lot to do with it. I don’t know if the time of day did – maybe I’m not a morning person? I want to try going early in the cool of the morning before I decide if it’s heat alone or timing too.

  3. Hoorah! You won’t regret sticking with it!

  4. I’m on a similar program and have found it helpful to jog every day. I just started jogging my 3 days at the rate I was supposed to for the week and the “off” days I would run the last weeks schedule. That really made a difference in my endurance. I’m on week 9 and I’m struggling this week!! I’m supposed to jump from 5 minute jogs to 7 minutes. I was really hurting!! I decided to just mix it up with some 5 minute jogs and then some 7 minutes. It really helped to finish and not to feel like I just couldn’t get through it!!
    I have to say, I don’t know how you jog outside right now! You are tough!! I was able to get a second hand treadmill very inexpensively and wouldn’t even consider going out in this heat!! You go girl!!


  6. Hello. I just found your website as I was googling training babies to sleep in church. I love your posts on the subject, especially blanket training. Sorry to hijack another post, but I’m so glad I found your blog and information. We’ve just started training our 5 month old (next Monday). Do you think 5 months is too early to start “blanket training”?

    • It’s been years since we used blanket training – we have plenty of arms now to keep babies in check – but I don’t think starting early is a problem. It might even help if the baby becomes accustomed to staying and playing *on* the blanket before he is too mobile.

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