A Plan of my own


   As most of you know I’m knee deep in this Couch to 5k program to make myself a better runner.  I am still really enjoying my runs and have felt myself becoming more confident and stronger going longer distances quicker than in runs before.  I’ve told myself now that since I’ve gone 3 miles at a time I will never go LESS than that (if no other circumstances interfere like weather, or time restrictions)  It has been over 100 degrees here lately so my runs kind of got put on the back burner, I didn’t want to hurt myself by making the choice to run in weather when there were advisories popping up everywhere.  As soon as the weather broke though, I was back out there.  As I have run more and more I’ve discovered patterns to my routine.  I always start off with a quick walk to warm my legs up and stretch out a little bit before I go, but i’ve noticed since the beginning of this that I ALWAYS want to go fast at the start in the first few intervals and then by the end I can barely force myself to finish up the last few intervals.  This wasn’t acceptable to me but I just couldn’t slow myself down, Amy and I went out on a few runs together too and even she tried to start off a slow starting pace which was hard for me to follow.  

 This past week I noticed that at the beginning I wanted to run until I couldn’t run anymore but by the end I couldn’t go more than 30 seconds (Also not acceptable to me)  therefore I needed to come up with a plan to stop these issues from dragging me down by the end of a run.   Mid stride I came up with my own 30-60-90 plan and I’m going to try it out tonight!  Its pretty self explanatory as I plan to run for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds, then 60 then 90 and back to 30.  I figure I’ll try this becuase if I start at only 30 then I can hopefully slow myself down and when I’m up to a 90 second interval then I know if its difficult from going too fast that a 30 second intervall following will slow me down. 

I hope this works!  If not its back to the drawing board. 


So what about you?  Does anyone have any tips for starting off too fast and dragging yourself to finish at the end?


Amy’s Running Story

I have been running for a little over two years now. I truly never thought I would call myself a runner, but now, here I am, blogging about it.

It all started with my college roommate, who remains one of my very best friends. When we met, she was on the cross country team. She eventually went on to start the first running club on our campus. Although I didn’t run, she asked me to be the “pr chair” of the club, which basically meant I put together the newsletter.

Running always intimidated me, but I admired runners from a distance. One day, several years after graduating college, I decided I should give it a shot. I looked up the Couch to 5k program. For me, it worked like a charm. In the past, I had a tendency to bite off more than I could chew when it came to running. This program really gave me the opportunity to build confidence gradually.

I took my time, and, six months later, I was ready to run my first 5k.


For me, this was one of my most exciting accomplishments. I was at a point in my life at which I needed a confidence boost, and this definitely did it for me. I was hooked.

In the 6 months that followed, I ran several more 5ks and had a great time.


Soon enough, I decided to take this relationship to the next level. I signed up for a half marathon.

I never expected to do this. But I did. And it was awesome.


Now, running is a huge part of my life.

I have run…

Five 5k’s.


Two half marathons.


In Central Park.


With family.


With friends.


And lots in between! I am looking forward to all the adventures running still has in store for me…including…a marathon?

So, runners…when you look back, how did running start for you?

Summer Bucket List

Welcome to our first post on our new blog! We’re glad you’re here! As we have been blogging for the past year, we have noticed out focus begin to change, mostly to running (although this post isn’t really about running…haha). So, we figured we should change the blog along with it.

Back on the old blog, we started the summer with our Summer Bucket List.

Today, I saw a bunch of blogs’ Summer Bucket List, including Janetha’s and Tina’s (yay for some of my favorite blogs!), on the top nine on the daily buzz healthy living.

So, I figured it would be a good time to do a little recap of our summer bucket list so far.

1. Go fishing.
Hasn’t happened yet. Honestly, it’s been so horribly hot here I don’t know how much fun fishing would be lately,

2. Eat a nice dinner outside.
I’ll admit that this one was my idea. I have eaten a couple dinners outside already, but I’m not quite sure what qualifies them as “nice”. So, the jury is still out on this one.

3. Go to the zoo. Check!
The three of us knocked this one off of our list this past weekend on a trip to Milwaukee. Living in the Chicago suburbs, we have always been visitors of Brookfield Zoo. It’s a good one, but we think Milwaukee County Zoo takes the cake. We got face to face, just about literally, with a tiger and saw some lion cubs rough housing. Too cool.


4. Go to a Milwaukee Brewers game. Check!
Checked this one off this weekend as well! It was a great game, with lots of home runs.



5. Tour at least one brewery. Check!
This one was added to the list by the brother in law, and he now has brewery fever. We went to Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee this weekend and had an awesome time. It is a definite must-stop if you are in the Milwaukee area.


6. Have an official picnic.
This entry was Ashley’s, and we thought we had checked it off at lunch at the zoo this weekend. However, as I look back on the original post, we said no tables allowed. So…back to the drawing board on this one.

7. Read on the beach.
I’ve got a beach date with a friend on Thursday, so this one is soon to be checked off.

8. Run a 5k with at least one friend, preferably more.
The race has been chosen. Starting to recruit people today. Yay!

9. Capture summer in a photograph.
Ashley is working on it. This one likely won’t be finalized until the end of the summer when Ashley picks from her electronic folder if greatness. 🙂

Thanks so much for checking out our first post on our new blog!

Before you leave, we want to hear about you. What have you most recently checked off your summer bucket list?