In this post, I will give you a recap of my 5th and 6th week running postpartum. I’m getting back to a running schedule and building strength using a free app called Couch To 5K , also known as C25K. Couch To 5K is a training app that helps beginners (or runners looking for a training schedule) run a full 5K (3.1 miles) in just 8 weeks! The app is designed for you to work out 3 days a week (break in between workout days) and each workout is 30-40 minutes long. Each workout alternates walking and running to help build strength and it also includes a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down. Best part is that it’s FREE, you can start immediately after downloading it onto your phone, and it tracks your progress!
To read about my introduction to Mommy Runs With C25K plus my running story, click HERE.
To read about Mommy Runs With C25K Week 1 & 2 Recap, click HERE.
To read about Mommy Runs With C25K Week 3 & 4 Recap, click HERE.
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What I used for my runs and what I wore:
Shoes: Brooks GTS 15 Adrenaline
Treadmill: Pro-Form 5.0 FX (this was a hand-me down for me, but here is a similar one, click HERE).
Headband: Bondi Bands
Water Bottle: Shakeology clear water bottle
Day 1: [ 31 minutes ] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog for 5 minutes; Walk for 3 minutes; Jog for 5 minutes; Walk for 3 minutes; Jog for 5 minutes.
Distance: 1.84 miles
Calories burned: 287 calories
Day 2: [ 31 minutes ] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog 3/4 miles (or 8 minutes); Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes); Jog 3/4 mile ( or 8 minutes).
Distance: 1.78 miles
Calories burned: 280 calories
Day 3: [ 30 minutes ] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
I skipped this day. We had a very sick week in our home. It started with my husband, then daughter, and then me.
Recap: I started off the week feeling great and motivated. The 3 minutes jog/ runs were great and not difficult. Then my husband, daughter, and I went on a mini getaway to downtown Chicago by Michigan Ave and my husband got sick. My daughter got sick right after and then it was me. I had to take a day off from work and spent Christmas feeling horrible. As you can see, I skipped the 3rd day.
Day 1: [34 minutes] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then: Jog for 5 minutes; Walk for 3 minutes; Jog for 8 minutes; Walk for 3 minutes; Jog for 5 minutes.
Distance: 2.05 miles
Calories burned: 318 calories
Day 2: [33 minutes] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then: Jog for 1 miles ( or 10 minutes); Walk 1/4 miles (or 3 minute); Jog 1 miles (or 10 minutes).
Distance: 2 miles
Calories burned: 313 calories
Day 3: [32 minutes] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then: Jog for 2-1/4 miles ( or 22 minutes) with no walking.
I completed Commitment Day 5K
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 47: 51 minutes
Calories burned: 241 calories
Recap: I took a bit over a week off from running due to illness and the holidays. The first day back definitely was a bit of a struggle. I wish I hadn’t had taken so much time off from running. I’ve heard runners say to not take more than 2 days off and that’s what I try to follow as much as possible.
On the 3rd day of week 6, I ran my first 5K in a VERY long time. It was my 5K that i trained for postpartum. The 5K was on New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1st) in Bloomingdale, IL. The weather was below zero (my iPhone said it felt -26F in the morning of the race). Commitment Day 5K was, thankfully, hosted as a gym. Due to weather, runners were given the option to run outside as planned or run it inside on a treadmill. I ran it inside!
My fastest 5K before pregnancy was 37 minutes. I have never ran a 5K in over 40 minutes! I was a bit disappointed with my time, but I’m so ready and excited to continue running and improving my time for the next few months! I’m thinking of running Wine and Dine Half marathon in November 😉
Thank you for following along! What fitness goals are you working on this year? i would love to know. Leave a comment below!
Some of my favorite running things: