My First 5K

Originally Written: Dec 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

I started training to run a 5k back in October 2013.  I downloaded  a free Couch to 5K (C25k) app on my iPhone.  The app worked tremendously well, and I would recommend to anyone who has never run, or hasn’t run for a very long time.  It starts you off with 30 seconds jogging followed by 90 seconds walking.  This pattern is repeated until you’ve reached 20 minutes.  You start with a 5 min warmup walk first, and finish with a 5 minute cool down.  Then after 8 weeks, 3 days a week, the jogging portions increase and the walking portions disappear until you’re jogging for a whole 30 minutes.  Granted it was not a full 5k at the end of it … but it was the very first time I had run for more than 10 minutes in one go, let alone 30 minutes.

Halfway through the program I decided to register for a 5K race.  I was lucky to find that the Santa Shuffle 5K race was happening just a few days after I would complete the training plan.  I thought that was just perfect and went a head and booked it, December 7th! Of course being Ottawa it snowed, but happy to report not on the day of the race, however it was -7 deg C.   Although disappointed that I didn’t run the whole 5k in one go, I was very proud to have completed it – I trained on the treadmill and I wasn’t completing the 5k distance in less than 48 minutes – it seems very different then on the road – so I was ecstatic to see my time a whole lot quicker for the “real thing”.  My actual race time was 40 minutes and 17 seconds.  Not a brilliant time, but at 8 minutes faster than the treadmill I was ecstatic.  I caught the runners bug that day!  And couldn’t wait to find my next race.  I also needed a reason to keep training!!!!  One day I’ll reach half marathon status but no time soon lol,  but I am working towards it.


The next day I was wondering around in target and came across the Insanity DVD pack.   I started that very day, in the hopes it would help me to improve my strength and endurance, and maybe shed a few pounds along the way.  I’m finding Insanity very hard indeed.  I can not keep up at all.  But I am pacing myself and I’m getting minutely better as the days go on.  Day 10 down 53 to go!  Unfortunately I’m missing out on the jogging at the moment as I can’t seem to manage both on the same day.  I might just try on the Cardio Recovery Day and the Off day for now and see how that goes.

Check out my vlog about the race here



  1. Minty
    5th February 2014 / 12:34 pm

    Congratulations!! well done!

    • 14th February 2014 / 1:24 am

      Thank you 🙂

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