Monday, January 25th, 2021

Couch to 5K: Storms and Skinny Jeans

By ML Broxton on Jan 18 2012 • Filed under Health

Couch to 5K - ML Broxton and friends complete week 4 (Photo)Let me first start off by saying that I have only lost one measly pound since we began this journey four weeks ago, however; let me tell you what I have gained.

New confidence.

You know that feeling when you do something you never thought you could do? I mean, never ever? It’s kind of like when you give birth the first time, ladies, right? When I was about 15 months pregnant with our first child, I got freaked out about the physics of the whole thing. I used to walk around Wal-Mart and size up women with kids, thinking “I’m as tough as her…maybe tougher…if she can do it, I can do it.” This running journey is kind of like that. It’s pushed me beyond my former limits in a lot of ways: time management, physical exertion, and, of course, sharing this journey with you as we plod our way toward the finish line.

New wardrobe.

Actually, it’s my old wardrobe, but it fits again and it’s still somewhat in style. Which is fabulous. But, really, do Mom jeans and polo shirts with baby food stains ever go out of style? See?! We’re fashionistas!

So here’s the breakdown of this week.


Monday, our training program calls for a five minute warm up, alternating jogging/walking for 90 seconds and then 3 minutes, and then a five minute cool down walk. I was super nervous about the 3 minutes but, surprisingly, it wasn’t that tough. Don’t blank out on me here, I’m fat, too, remember? This is me you’re talking to and I have spent the last five years eating chips on the couch and becoming an expert in all things Grey’s Anatomy. See? Yes. We are the same. Hug!


Wednesday, we were joined by a new fabulous person named Dana. She is a science teacher from a town near here and her mom saw the article in the Kaleidoscope. She is a great addition to our team! On her first night of running, she was initiated by God himself with a pouring down, thundering rainstorm with winds so hard the rain blew sideways. Remember that storm last week? Yeahhh…we were training in that storm. Isa is out of town, so Susan, Dana and I ran in the pouring down rain and I carried my Mom’s black umbrella to shield my new Mobile Gateway iPhone 4 from the rain. In the end, it was a miracle my iPhone 4 still works…it’s not as fragile as one might think. Umbrella or not, we were soaking wet but we finished!! We stopped by the Rolla Rural Fire Station on our way back to the car. Alek, the friendly fireman, good naturedly posed for a picture with us and didn’t even complain that we dripped water on their beautifully clean floor. I’m telling you – we felt like superwomen after that training session.


Friday, Dana and I trained by ourselves because Susan was waiting on the air conditioner man to come fix her A/C unit. After the torrential downpour we ran through on Wednesday, it was a breeze to complete this session. Who knew it would be so easy to do run this long!

So I’m a little freaked out about next week. We have to run for a little longer and there’s still a lingering thought that something might happen and I may not be able to physically finish this. Plus, there’s the email from the guy who told me I’m doing it all wrong. Anyway, let me tell you this! My skinny jeans are loose!!! I feel fabulous. I feel like an athlete. I do not feel embarrassed about my body anymore. I feel like I’m setting a great example for the kids, who are now walking with me on my off days. And, I feel very grateful to be able to share this journey with you. Oh, and guess what? We have a new person joining our team next week!

If you want to do this on your own, Google “Couch to 5K” or download the app on your iPhone or Android and let us know how it goes! There’s a great Facebook page for “Couch to 5K” participants and you can also email me at We’d love to hear from you and see your pictures! We may post them online and share your story. Just remember, no matter how poor the run, it’s better than sitting on the couch! 🙂 See you next week!

See also:

Couch to 5k: A Much Needed Do-Over (Week 3)

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

Couch to 5K: Getting Started on Getting Fit (Week 1)

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

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