Couch to 5k – Week 4

Week 4

Day 1 – Friday

Planned night at the Opera so no working out for me!  However, I didn’t make it to the Opera and probably consumed way too much alcohol.

Day 2/3 – Saturday / Sunday

Saturday and Sunday  would have been ideal except my eating wasn’t so great.  I did get in over 7 miles walking and the burn in my thighs for the rest of the evening was spectacular.

Sunday my son had a soccer game and this time I was clever enough to wear my gear and walk the track while the game went on.  He doesn’t play much and I got in 5 miles (I also got a little dizzy walking 5 miles around a track!).  I also got in two sets of bleachers without much laboring in the breathing part.  Good improvement I think.

Eating was slightly better today but I sort of realize I am sabotaging myself with poor eating/drinking habits on the weekend.  I have to find a better middle ground (though I already know next weekend I will be out of control!)

I really don’t want to do the 5k program.  I don’t like running.  But I want to run the June 5k, just that one goal, one time.  I am going to give the treadmill another shot this week.


Day 4 – Monday

Today I fasted during the day and had an avocado salad for dinner. I was planning a walk but Dad ended up in hospital and I went to see him instead. 

Stress levels are high and I can barely move my head/neck normally.  I need to take a sleeping pill. 

Not a bad day, but I could have used the release of exercise. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.  

Day 5 -6 and 7

The rest of this week was shot. I ate poorly, probably sincerely some of the worst eating of my life.  I have never actually eaten a full pint of Ben and Jerrys but I sure did this week. 

No exercise the rest of this week at all. 

Heavy drinking and eating in the weekend as well. 

I’m also not participating in the 5k challenge so that idea is kicked to the curb. 

I have to reboot this plan and rethink about how / what I’m doing going forward. 

More to come on specifics. 

Unfortunately my weight asp popped back up 2 pounds but I know full well it’s due to stress eating.  

It seems like each time I find my mojo, major life events take over and get in my way. I truly believe I live the least normal life on the planet sometimes!  



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.

12 thoughts on “Couch to 5k – Week 4”

  1. You sound like a hamster in a wheel. LOL I hope your daddy is okay. It will all come together. We’re all allowed indulgences so take advantage while you can…(you can always “be good” next week.) LOL
    Oh, and like Miss Evelyn….what did happen to the opera?

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  2. Maybe it’s little comfort, but the 5K did not sound like a good fit for you with regard to what you dislike the least with regard to exercise. What I know from personal experience is that it may take a few starts and stops to find something that you can stick with for a longer period of time. Glad your dad is home from the hospital.

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    1. I really do want to run a 5k, running has always been such a challenge for me and I like the idea that it can be a quick exercise you can fit in anywhere (since I travel so much). But you are right it’s probably not suited for me.

      I need to start again. It wasn’t a bad start, but it needs a reboot.


  3. I’ve eaten a whole pint of Ben and Jerry’s – in one sitting. Though that was in college. Those were the days – eat what you want, no consequences. I’m doing this Race to Oz challenge right now, it’s a virtual marathon run in your own time. I donated $25 and entered it. I’m still doing it, but at least it motivates me to get going. I haven’t run in a week though due to busyness and RAIN. Don’t beat yourself up. Maybe running isn’t your thing – don’t kill yourself – just time to find something new. Bike riding??

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