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Couch to 5K: Getting Started on Getting Fit

By ML Broxton on Aug 15 2011 • Filed under Health,Mompreneurs at work

Ava and ML Broxton before starting program (Photo: Robert Mendoza Photography 1-573-201-3336) If you read last month's post, Couch to 5K: One Mom’s Journey Back to Health, you'll know that I started a journey towards a healthier, more fit me.This journey involves following a plan to get me off the coach and jogging on a regular basis. Below, I share my goals and experiences of the first two weeks.

Here’s the plan:

Follow the “Couch to 5K” training program and run in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5K in Rolla on September 24, 2011. The training program requires 30 minute training sessions 3 days per week for 9 weeks.

Week 1: Getting Started (Shopping Highlights)

Monday, June 13, 2011

First workout completed: 30 minutes of alternating running and walking. Jello jigglers should sponsor my runs – they would make a fortune. Here’s a FYI for you: The iPod “new” arm band to hold iPod Touch/iPhones doesn’t work with iPhones that are from 2009. Silly me. I questioned the guy repeatedly at the store I bought it from (cough… walmart). He assured me that it would work. He showed me an iPod touch and it sorta looked like it would work. I hoped it would work. It really does not work. The guy was like 72 and I seriously doubt he has ever even held an iAnything in his hand. Why do they do that? Who in their right mind would put a senior citizen in the electronics department unless they were totally hip and…techie…and…is this like asking for the impossible? Has anyone ever seen a person over, say 65, who was a techie? I know one person, but I don’t think he’s over sixty five…and he’s been working on techie stuff in his basement since rocks sparked and made fire.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Stopped by Mobile Gateway to see if my husband was eligible for a phone upgrade. We both are! Picked up an iPhone 4 which I love, love, love. The “Couch to 5K” has a downloadable app that integrates your music playlists with the workout instructions. It makes for a wonderfully relaxing workout. Your music plays, every minute or two the “Couch to 5K” app tells you whether to run or walk, and you can feel all the right muscles working in your body. Love it! My friend, Annamarie, also told me that there is an Android “Couch to 5K” app, too. Yay!

Just FYI, we stopped by the new AT&T Corporate store in Rolla to check prices on the new iPhone 4 and the price is exactly the same as Mobile Gateway except… the corporate store doesn’t have any iPhone 4’s in stock! In fact, the iPhone 4’s are on back order and our rep said they not sure when they will get any. That didn’t stop them from trying to sell us seven different things from accessories to protection plans. When we went into Mobile Gateway, they just answered our questions, processed our order, checked to make sure we understood how our new phone worked, verified the phone worked correctly after activated, and sent us off with a smile. No pushy sales tactics or “upsells.”  Efficient helpfulness…just one more reason why our family and business uses Mobile Gateway.

Friday, June 18, 2011

Week One complete! Per the “Couch to 5K” program, I trained 3 days this week.

Week 1: The Details


I thought my previously injured foot was going to bring me to a puddle of tears, but kept going and completed the training session.


I felt like I had lost 10 pounds and looked fabulous in all my clothes, which I repeatedly told my husband, who graciously gave me frequent high fives.


With my previously injured foot wrapped well, I worked through the sore muscles from Monday’s workout and felt like completing this journey was actually possible.


I was totally exhausted, but able to comfortably get in my skinnier jeans from before my last pregnancy. Went to a Rolla Choral Arts Society fundraising meeting with Cindy Beger, Jeff Sandquist, Mary Kwantes, and Joanie McEnanney at Panera Bread. For the first time in years, did not feel self-conscious about my mommy body.


This was the most awesome experience ever. As I laced up my running shoes, both kids wanted to go running with me. So, instead of driving to my normal parking spot at the fire station on Lions Club Drive, we all laced up our shoes and walked to Grandma’s. Little Man, who is two, stayed with Grandma while Ava and I walked over to the fire station and worked our training session. I was a little hesitant to take her, because she’s just 5 and I was afraid she wouldn’t be able to make it the entire 30 minutes. She did great! It made me start thinking about healthy families, and getting kids in the habit of exercising early. Plus, taking her shopping for workout gear would be so fun – head-to-toe hot pink and glitter!

Places to run in Rolla, MI (USA):

If the weather is nice, a great place to train in Rolla is on Lions Club Drive. It’s flat, safe, and the flowers growing along the road are really relaxing. When the weather gets rough, the indoor track at the Centre is very nice. Plus, it would be great to take a cool dip in the pool to celebrate another completed workout! Couch to 5K, here I come!

About the Photo:

Ava and Michele Broxton after a training session for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5K in September. Couch to 5K, here we go! Photo: Robert Mendoza Photography (573) 201-3336

See also:

Couch to 5K: This is Why People Quit (Week 2)

Couch to 5K: One Mom’s Journey Back to Health (Week 0)

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