Health & Fitness

the time I trained for a 5K

Last Friday, I completed the 8 week Couch to 5K program I started in January!

When I began the program my goals were complete all the training {three times a week for 8 weeks} and to be able to run a 5K in/under 30 minutes.

I’m happy to report that I completed all the training {24 walk/runs, just a little bit over 55 miles} and that I was close to accomplishing my second goal {3.08miles in 29:57}.

couch to 5k | Atwell Adventures


The biggest take away from doing the program is that I now have found a comfortable rhythm in my running and that it’s not something I dread three times a week.  I’ve still got a long way to go but to keep up the running schedule I’ve established, I started couch to 10K yesterday {hopefully I’ll get to cross off #51 of my 101 in 1001 soon}!

Like I mentioned in my last post – I used the  C25K trainer app {free for iPhones}.  I highly recommend this app – it made training much easier and I felt like I had a personal coach with me the whole time.

Have you used the Couch To 5K training plan?

Health & Fitness

why you shouldn’t run in snow

Yesterday I was supposed to do week six, day 2 of my couch to 5k training, but with sleet coming down from the sky, I decided to stay in.

Today its beginning to melt but since I have zero experience of running in snow/ice, I’m going to hold off one more day and hope I’ll be able to do it tomorrow and finish day 3 on Saturday {the program has you run three times a week}.

In the meantime, I saw this video last night and it gave me a good laugh.  It reminded me that we all have accidents and never be TOO confident, especially if there are cameras around. Thankfully, if I do fall tomorrow it won’t be captured on the news.

Well at least I hope it won’t 🙂

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less couching, more running

While I’ve completed several 5K’s over the last five years, I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever done them well or with proper training.

With the new year and a new city, I decided it was a good time to start with the basics and build from there.

It also helps that a few of my 101 in 1001 goals involve running.  And have I mentioned that my husband has run a marathon*? Well that helps too, sort of. 🙂

Today marks my fourth day of training using a free app I downloaded called C25K.  If you’re not familiar with C25K {Couch to 5K}, it’s a training program that takes you from the couch {where I’m currently sitting} to running a 5K {what I hope to be doing soon}.  The app coaches when to walk and when to run and each week increases your duration/distance.

My goal for this training is to complete all the training {three times a week for 8 weeks} and to be able to run a 5K in/under 30 minutes.  Ahhhh, that scares me even typing that.  {stop laughing all you better than me, runners 😉 }

Any tips on training?

*That’s 26.2 miles, people. I married a stud.