Posts That Caught My Eye This Week

I’ve never been one to do wrap ups of cool posts or anything, but this week I read SO MANY great ones that I just had to share!

Interesting posts I found this week

In exercising news…

I’m at the end of week six in Couch to 5K. You know what that means? I completed the 20 minute run! That run is so daunting, but I’m so pleased that I completed it for the second time!

I also started a new routine called Nerd Fitness. Here’s the workout I did on Thursday:


This exercise worked parts of me that I didn’t even know existed. It was fine at first, then the next day (and still today!) I was sore EVERYWHERE! Clearly I need to do this more often, because it’s like certain parts of my body have just been in a coma for years and are only now waking up.

What’s going on with you? Tell me about your week!

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  1. Great post! I am using the Active Couch to 5K app on my phone and just finished the 9th week last Sunday. This week, I immediately downloaded the Active 5K – 10K app and started that.

    I ran my first outdoor run this morning. It was a 7K. πŸ™‚ I have done three half marathons, but was sidelined two summers ago when I broke the 5th metarsil bone in my left foot. I’m easing back into it with baby steps. Pun intended.

    Congrats on your success,, Ashley!

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    1. Congratulations Lori!! That’s so fantastic! I’m definitely going to move forward with 5-10K once I’m done with this. πŸ™‚

      And congrats on the 7K run! That’s such a great achievement. It’s wonderful to see you working back up to where you were previously. Keep it up!

    1. Yeah I felt pretty okay during the workout itself, but then I woke up the next morning and EVERYTHING HURT!! LOL!

  2. This week was my spring break. I stayed home most of the week except for the two days mom and I went shopping and to dinner. I pretty much read, slept and played tennis all week.
    Good luck with C25K! One of my friends on the cross country team has been encouraging me to run more. I think I’m going to start running regularly after tennis season ends.

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    1. It sounds like you had a nice, relaxing week. πŸ™‚ That’s great! Those are my favourite kind of weeks.

      You should totally start running! It can be brutal at first, but I think after 4-8 weeks you start to really enjoy it. That’s where I am now. I think I’ve just transitioned into the enjoying running stage. I used to dread going to the gym but now I look forward to it. Having a great playlist really makes ALL the difference.

  3. I work out with a personal trainer once a week, and my workouts look a lot like that video. We always do circuits and they always really push my body. So I do believe you are getting yourself a good little workout from a free YouTube video (and saving yourself lots of pricey trainer costs!)

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    1. I love them too! They’re my favourite kinds of posts. I just have a horrible habit of NOT saving the posts I read lol. But this week I made an effort to start saving them once I realized how many awesome posts I was reading.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing my post!

    I hate those sneaky workouts that only truly start hurting the day after. I haven’t been to ballet class for two weeks, I’m already dreading my return

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    1. My pleasure, Celine!

      Yeah this really hit me out of nowhere. I felt pretty good after the workout but the next day MY LIMBS WERE LIKE NOODLES! Just flopping around uselessly and aching every time I moved, haha. I did this workout on Thursday and had to skip my C25K run on Friday (and then Saturday!) because I was way too sore.

  5. Great post, I’ll definitely be bookmarking some of those posts.

    Congrats on the run, I’m really happy for you ^_^. This week I’ve done a weigh-in after I started to sort some weight loss out. I lost 8lbs so far which I’m really pleased with. I still haven’t exercised yet as my gym is changing hands but yesterday I managed to trap my sciatic nerve (from just sitting for too long) so my hip and leg are just in pain and now I can’t walk that well let alone start to do any exercise BUT that video does look awesome so I’ll bookmark it too ^_^.

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    1. Thank you Georgie!!

      Congrats on losing 8lbs! That’s so fantastic. πŸ™‚ I’m so sorry to hear about your hip and leg though. Hopefully you’ll recover soon and then you can join in on the brutal workout!

      Even though I’ve been horrifically sore for like two days now, I’m actually looking forward to doing the workout again. It feels like it could make a huge difference, you know?

  6. Thanks for all the awesome links, Ashley! AND CAN I JUST SAY THAT I LOVE MEETING OTHER RUNNERS. The 5k is my favorite distance, and I’m actually on my school’s XC team. Congrats on doing the 20 minute run. You can do it! Do you know what kind of 5k you’re doing? I’ve only done “normal” road races and cross country 5ks, but I really want to do one of the more light hearted ones like a color run.

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    1. Wow that’s so great!!

      I’m not training for a specific 5K, I just want to get better at running in general, you know? But I am doing a 5K in November—a Turkey Trot in Colorado. My family does that every year, but this will be my first time. There’s not a lot of pressure though because I think half my family walks it. πŸ˜€

      A colour run seems like it would be a lot of fun!

  7. This post has such a infectious happiness about it I really smiled! Thanks for introducing me to the couch to 5k plan, I’d never heard of it before. I do a lot of yoga and Pilates but running (not on the cross trainer but actual running) I find so daunting. Congratulations on 20 mins that very impressive. I’ve always wanted to do a Race for Life or Colour Run but they’ve fallen at really busy periods each year fort area. Perhaps this app will help me start haha! Lots of love Chloe X

    1. I think you’d love Couch to 5K, Chloe! It’s a fantastic program and it really works. I used to be able to run for 10 minutes okay, but never longer. C25K easily helped me double that time! And I’m confident that I can go even longer. πŸ™‚

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