Couch to 5k – Week 3

Week 3

Day 1 – Friday

Considering I had less than 4 hours of sleep there was no way I getting out of bed early to exercise.  I had consumed too much alcohol the night before. That also meant I was in bed asleep by 7pm.

I also had pizza for lunch.

Not a good day in terms of diet and exercise.

Does great sex count?  I’m pretty sure I burned off some quality calories that night!

I can’t count today as a wash…I ate pizza, drank Prosecco and had amazing sex.  Score!


Day 2/3 – Saturday / Sunday

Saturday was beautiful and I kept telling myself I would get outside but I was super lazy in the morning. I was productive within the house and at least got the 5k routine in today.

My eating was back on track and I had a lovely self-care day with my hair, massage and pedicure appointments.   My mind drifted all day and it felt good to be so selfish.

Sunday proved to be another gorgeous day and I got in a fantastic 6 mile walk.  About 4 miles in I decided I would try the 5k routine and I embarrassed myself.  By the third run I was huffing and puffing, I couldn’t get any rhythm and by the 4th run I think I ran 30 seconds and threw in the towel.  I realize that running outside is harder than running on the treadmill but at least this time my pants stayed up.


Day 4 – Monday

My first fast day, so I needed to wake up and exercise as I wouldn’t be able to after a full day of no-eating.

Did I do it?  No. Of course I didn’t. I went back to sleep for another almost 2 hours.

I did fast all day and felt great. But when a friend wanted to walk and I didn’t want to turn it down, I ate a yummy salad of avocado and almonds thereby blowing the fast day. Either way, it was a super healthy meal and I needed the fuel for the 5.5 mile walk with my fun friend!

Unfortunately I had an awful evening of sleep…too much on my mind.

Day 5 – Tuesday

I am feeling great about my progress this week in terms of just getting out and doing it.  I walked another 4 miles.

I admit to being taunted by the 5k…I should have tried it again tonight but I avoided it.

I have to get it straight in my mind that I do truly want to run the 5k in June and in order to do so, I have to practice.

As I was walking my pants started to slide again and I wanted to scream because these were different pants.  But this time I had the drawstring inside to tighten them and was able to keep the butt crack properly hidden!  I swear the gear thing is a real pain – these pants didn’t have a big enough pocket for the iPhone 6 and I kept feeling like it would fall out of the narrow back pocket, but it didn’t.

My eating was awesome today as well, and that always makes me happy.


Day 6 – Wednesday

I felt a nice burn in my upper thighs this morning from the fast pace walk last evening and it was nice to begin to feel my muscles wanting to take shape under my skin.  It makes me think of how great that feels when I am having sex…and I can feel the strength in my legs.

Tonight was a planned date night so no exercise.

Day 7 – Thursday

Another planned date night, so no exercise.


A much better 3rd week than the previous two and I am starting to feel more positive about the traction I am getting.

I really do love top walk and walk outside in the good weather.  While I know this isn’t enough to really gain muscle, I enjoy it and have to focus on the motivation it does give me.  I am hoping that a few more weeks of walking and the 5k app and I will be appropriately inspired to try some strength training.

My eating was fantastic this week though my coffee consumption was too high.  I am anxious at work and drinking to much coffee.  At least I am not eating.  I also reduced my alcohol intake because I didn’t go on really long dates! I suppose there is a benefit to the short date after all… short dates = less calories!

I need to get more focused on the 5k app…I have only successfully completed 5 days and didn’t complete the 6th.  My goal should be to do 2-3 of the 5k days a week so I have a shot in hell at running that 5k in June.

The best news, I am down another 2 pounds this week.

That means all my extra weight I gained from the breakup/vacation/bed rest is now off and I am back to where I was last November.  I had gotten a lot lower when I was really sick, but that only came off because I wasn’t eating at all.  I feel good about starting a sincere weight loss each week now.

I liked my fast day and plan to do another next week!

All in all, a very successful week!

Go, me!


Author: Madeline Harper

My journey through divorce and an emotional and sexual reawakening. Love, laughter, friendships, family and heartbreak included. And there is sex, lots of it, so close your eyes and turn the page if that's not for you! While I started this blog as an endeavor to journal my thoughts and feelings in an attempt to better understand myself, it has become an amazing platform from which I have met some of the most interesting and wonderful people in my life. My path is often crooked, but I hope you will share in the journey with me.

16 thoughts on “Couch to 5k – Week 3”

  1. Way to go! I’m overdue for a run after the 4 mile I did last week. I’ve been a total slacker, but eating is on track. That is, until yesterday. I ate leftover wedding cake for breakfast. And then IPA for dinner. This healthy living thing sucks sometimes.

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    1. hahahaha – that actually sounds like a fantastic choice for breakfast! I have to throw that stuff away in order not to do that. It makes my kids crazy that it deprives them as well.

      I agree – healthy living sucks. I want to eat what/when I want to eat. Period.

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  2. I love this and want you to know that you’ve totally inspired me to download the 5K app. I like the way you write this post, and may do something similar to track my own progress. Thanks for the inspiration!

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