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Couch to 5K and BREAD!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hubbs and I started the couch to 5K program today. It went pretty well, although after the 5th running interval I just couldn't run anymore. I guess I'm going to have to work up to "Week 1 Day 1" of the program. I was proud of myself though that I managed to do 5 intervals, and of course that I dragged my sorry ass out of bed when it was still dark! :) I bought myself a new pair of running "shoes" (Vibram Fivefingers www.vibramfivefingers.c
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, so they're really more like running barefoot), so that was a motivator. I also managed to find cute workout clothes for CHEAP at Walmart, so I didn't feel like a dork running in something unattractive. I feel like I've already got to have my fat flopping around while I run, I might as well do it in something cute! ;)
Also, I have to put in a plug for these books I've been using to bake bread. The first one is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and the second is Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day www.artisanbreadinfive.
com/
. The recipes are SO easy to make (no kneading - just dump everything in a bowl and stir it up!), and they're not bad for you. Well, some of them aren't bad for you. ;) I've been using their recipes to make light whole wheat bread, which isn't too bad in the calorie department, and it fat free. I'm finding that, while it does have more calories than the light bread I was buying at the store, it actually has substance and flavor, and it keeps me full longer. Not to mention, roll out the dough and grill it? Flatbread. Roll out the dough really thin and bake it? Pitas (with pockets!). Roll out the dough really thin, grill it, then throw some veggies, garlic, tomato sauce, and a little grated parmesan on the top? Pizza! I LOVE that I can control all of the ingredients and that I know exactly what's going into my body. I do have to do a little guesswork on the calories, but I think I'm coming pretty close it getting it right. If you want to try out the recipes before buying the book, just go to their website or google it, there are a bunch of recipes online. :)
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GAGEJ11 8/31/2010 4:33PM

    YAY FOR FIVEFINGERS :) I struggle running in them on the pavement but love running trails on them. I am just starting week 4 of c25k best of luck to you!!

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MISSANTHROPY15 8/31/2010 1:20PM

    Ok... do you feel weird running in the VFF's? I mean, do you feel like people are looking at you funny? LOL Have you had a lot of people ask you about them? I think I need to pick some up. I seem to be surrounded by information about them and I am fascinated!

Stick with the C25K! I am in week 7 and it DOES get better... I promise!

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PRAISECHEESES 8/30/2010 2:37PM

    Chocmom, believe it or not, my feet, legs, and knees actually didn't hurt AT ALL. Supposedly this is because when you run barefoot (or with "barefoot shoes") you land on the ball of your foot instead of the heel, which reduces impact. So, your body is running the way it is designed to run instead of running with foam pads strapped to your feet (like with regular running shoes). I've never had any knee issues, but I did sprain my ankle 2 weeks ago, and I didn't have any pain at all from running in these five fingers shoes. :)

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CHOCMOM 8/30/2010 2:30PM

  So how do your knees feel after running barefoot? I like the "idea" of these shoes but I would think my knees would need more support than what you get. I will be following your blog to see how it is working for you! Thanks. emoticon

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PRAISECHEESES 8/30/2010 10:32AM

    No prob! I plan on posting fairly often about the running. I can't really compare it to anything else, since I've never run with regular running shoes, but I can definitely give you my opinion! :)

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OTTAWABOUND 8/30/2010 10:06AM

    Hey--will you post something in a month or so about the vibram 5 finger running experience? My husband has really been wanting a pair, but we don't have the money to go out and buy a more traditional pair of runners if these don't work for him.

The bread sounds yummy!

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