July 31, 2010

Couch 2 5k – Week 8 Update

This morning I started Week 8 of Couch 2 5k.  Week 8 is a 5 minute warm up walk, 28 minuets of running, and then a 5 minute cool-down.  Back when I first started trying to run, the thought of running 28 straight minuets was inconceivable!  Flash forward to today, and I am able to do it with not too much difficulty.  I am really proud of how far I’ve come!

I’ve been running about 4 days a week, and try to do it first thing in the morning.  If I get out of bed early enough, I run down trail that winds through my neighborhood.  Couch 2 5k tells me when I am at my halfway point.  When I hear that halfway point bell go off, I usually jump up and down and do a quick cheer because I made it that far and I know I can make it back!  I probably look like a big dork doing it, but I don’t care! 

I really enjoy running on the trail.  The scenery is so nice and I always see some type of wild animals.  To occupy myself on my run, I’ve named all the different areas of the trail.  There’s Alligator Pond (where I see Mr. Alligator chillin’ most times), Scary Bridge (the catwalk that takes you over a swampy-forest area), Sunshine Trail (a long stretch where the sun is always beating down on me), and Deer Valley (sometimes I see some deer prancing through there).  There are more named areas on the trail, but I won’t bore you with all the little details.

It was super humid and hot this morning.  85 degrees at 7:45am to be exact.  I’ve never been so sweaty and tired before in my life.  The best part about completing a run like this morning is, 1.) that I did it – I feel better about my whole day if I start out with a run, and 2.) I get to go home and make myself breakfast!  Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day, so this morning I whipped up a delicious breakfast sandwich.



  • 1 Whole Wheat Bagel Thin     (110 cals)
  • 1 Tbsp. Greek Olive Hummus   (35 cals)
  • 2 scrambled eggs                  (140 cals)
  • 1/8 c. shredded cheese           (35 cals)


Let me tell you – It was sooo good adding that hummus to the sandwich.  It really beats adding mayo, butter, or ketchup and it’s so much healthier!

Next week, I’ll be graduating from Couch 2 5k and then I’ll be starting on a new app that will bridge me from running a 5k to a 10k.  Eek… that sounds hard, but I look forward to starting the next challenge!


  1. So proud of you Lauren! You are my inspiration and I will be trying this program in a few more months. Maybe I can come run on your trail ;) Oh, and that breakfast sandwich looks amazing!

  2. Nice work! :) Keep it up! :)) 10K will be do-able before you know it! :)

  3. I am SO proud of you! I only made it to like week 5 before getting lazy!

  4. lauren,

    You are SO going to laugh at me! I went to the grocery to specifically get eggs to make this sandwich. Well, I got the eggs along with some other things and then self checked them out. I LEFT the eggs at the store! What??? So, today its more egg buying :)

    Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for the recipe!

  5. That sandwich looks awesome! You're so lucky to have that great trail by you, keep it up kiddo!

  6. Ha, ha, you're so cute! I love how you do your cheer & name all the areas of the trail. That is so Lauren! I'm SO proud of you!!


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