A new pair of shoes is sometimes all you need.

I often find that my motivation can be up and down. Some days I am super motivated and ready to take on the world and other days I just want to sit on the couch and do nothing. It can be the simplest thing that motivates me again. This time it was shoes!

My birthday just passed on Thursday and as a gift from my parents I got a new pair of running shoes. Now I am not normally the type of girl to go crazy over a new pair of shoes but I love these runners! They are Adidas ClimaCool in black and pink. They’re extremely comfortable and I love the look of them. As soon as I put them on I wanted to go and flaunt them at the gym. Now even though this was semi-vain motivation, it was still motivation! It got my butt in gear and got me to the gym to do a much needed workout.

So whether you find your motivation in a pair of shoes, a magazine, video, or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter. As long as you stay motivated and constantly strive for self improvement.

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Couch to 5K…I hope!

One thing I have never been good at is running. Even as a kid I would be the one at the very back of the pack usually just walking around the track. The only time I would ever run was to catch the ice cream truck and even then it was more of a brisk walk then a run. So of course I did the most logical thing ever…I signed up for a 5K. On June 22 I will be taking part in the Color Me Rad 5K in Toronto and there is no time like the present to start training! I figured my best course of action is to look into something that would ease me into running. This is way I have chosen to follow the Couch to 5K plan.

Couch to 5K is a nine week program that you do three times a week. It combines walking and running short distances for appropriately twenty to thirty minutes and eventually builds up to running a 5K or thirty minutes non-stop. Your first week is jogging for sixty seconds followed by walking for ninety seconds for a total of twenty minutes. Your second week is jogging for ninety seconds followed by two minutes of walking for a total of twenty minutes. The plan continues on like that for nine weeks.

A few months ago I attempted the Couch to 5K plan but only made it to week four before my motivation fizzled. I had gotten a gym membership and decided I would rather spend my time on the elliptical then running. Big mistake. My fiancé continued the plan when I stopped and is now in the last week of the program. I am definitely jealous! Seeing the progress he has made in just nine weeks is amazing. He went from being tired after running a few minutes to doing a 5K in just under thirty minutes.

Even though Couch to 5K is meant for beginners it isn’t always easy. Switching weeks can be challenging and might make you want to quit but you have to push through it. That is something I wasn’t able to do the first time around. You have to remember this program is about going at your own pace and building momentum gradually. First worry about running the distance and then work on your speed.

Couch to 5K is a great program for any first time runners or anyone looking to get back into running. Though I may be nervous to start this plan again, I am also excited and cannot wait to run my 5K in June! For more information on Couch to 5K  and to get the full program click here.