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Beginner Running – Learning to Run Again

I have signed up for my first 5k!!!  How’s that?  Well, I’ll tell you a story…..





Being married for a year + a half to Jeff, I’ve started to acquire some, ahem…..”love pounds” as they like to call it.  I don’t know who “they” are but “they” like to say “love pounds” a lot in women’s magazines.  I like to call it, “Lub Chub” because to me it sounds better.  Or cuter.  I love this photo, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about it:Love Chub

Isn’t that what being newly married is all about?  No?  Oh.

Anyway, it’s like I woke up one morning + saw this in the mirror:Overweight Cat


Oh gurrrrrrl!!!!  And you know when you only want to wear leggings or jeggings or pretty much anything with elastic in it – it’s time to rein it in!!!!!!


I wanted to give a shout out to a fellow blogger who inspired me (Airplanes + Treadmills)!!! She is also an American newly married to a Canuck (hi Janelle!)!!!  Janelle’s post on her 4 week half marathon plan that she created for herself had me in awe!!!!  Check it out here!


I was like, “DAYUM!!!!!”!  Such an ambitious plan!  I used to run, pump some mean iron + felt pretty strong.big-island-kilauea-iki-2011_1822That’s me on the honeymoon in Hawaii.  POWER!!!!!!  I used to love the feeling of running + it was the only form of cardio (I tried spin, elliptical, jazzercise, you name it) that my body was really in tune to.  I’d like to feel like that again!  So, I signed up for the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day 5k!!!  2012 St. Patrick's Day 5k - Vancouver

photo by Karen Warrendorf

I am a very goal oriented person + I knew this would be a kick in mah fanny to get in gear.  So I found a schedule on for 5K Training: Train to Run Your First 5KBeginner Runners - 5k 8 week Training

Seems realistic, right?  Very doable!

AND I got a tip from my sister-in-law Deb about THE MOST AWESOME, SUPER RADICAL app: 5k Runner: 0 to 5k Run Training.5k Runner App





DOWNLOAD IT!!!!  IT IS THE BOMB!!!!  It is amazing because IT TELLS YOU WHAT TO DO.  Me loves that.  Me know not what doing.  I don’t want to have to look at my watch or count my heart beats or think.  I just want to feeeeel like this:Running Robot













Another great feature to this app is that you can play your music + when it alerts you to start walking or running, the voice activation will override your music + tell you what’s next.5k Runner







I also have the Nike Plus app because it tracks my mileage, my route + progress.  I turn these two apps on at the same time.  Tech savvyyyyyy!!!!!Nike Plus App

Savvy?????Captain Jack Sparrow Savvy

Wish me luck, I just started + I already feel more like myself again already!!!  RAAAAAAR!!!!

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hey Shelli! Great post, thanks for sharing my blog!! I am so excited for your first 5k and I cannot wait to read about your running journey:)

    Happy Running,


    February 4, 2013
    • Thanks for reminding how much running rules with your rad blog! I am DETERMINED to get back into fighting form! Wooooo!!!!!!

      February 4, 2013
  2. Ashley #

    Wow sister, I’m SO proud of you👍👏! Good job signing up for the 5K to keep yourself accountable! I’m only sad that I can’t be at the finish line cheering you on😔 but I’ll be with you in spirit!🎉 Love and miss you!💖

    February 4, 2013
  3. Yeah…you bailed on the Chinatown 5k we were gonna run in LA 2 years ago…I still get emails from them. But no hard feelings right? 🙂 (Love you lots)

    PS. I love that you have an 8 week training plan. When I trained for the LA marathon, the coaches were like…ready? Timed 3 mile run…GO. And I was like WTF?

    February 4, 2013
    • Why did I bail on you for the Chinatown run….oh yeah! Cuz I didn’t train + was working 16 hours a day! I know that’s no excuse for you cuz you’re crazy like a fox!!!! I’m taking it slow – I’m old + don’t want to strain myself!!!

      February 5, 2013
  4. kenneth papi-dad's nishino #

    Go Girl…Good On U,…yah, wish mumsie, ash & i could
    be there 2 support U, good luck on ur training as well !!!!!
    great talk’in at U this evening, keep the faith, luv Dad’s

    February 4, 2013
    • I’ll make us all Team T-shirts + you guys can wear them on the day of the race! Haha Team Nishino!

      February 5, 2013
  5. Deb Fayle #

    You go girl!!

    February 5, 2013
  6. Good luck! 🙂

    February 5, 2013
  7. GOOD LUCK! I’m excited for you! Sometimes I think I might start running, but then I think…I’ll just leave that to the runners. I’m conflicted! It would be cool to be able to say I ran a 5K, and so nothing I’ve ever done before. Break out of the comfort zone, right? Right? It’s not all about Zumba after all. You may have inspired me (she said non-committally)… 🙂 I’ll keep you posted. XO

    February 5, 2013
    • I’m telling you – I NEVER used to be a runner either!!!! It wasn’t until I read Chris McDougall’s “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”. Read it! A 5k is actually on 3 miles!!! You can do it!!! For real!!! Keep me posted!

      February 6, 2013
  8. rocky nishino #

    My Shel,
    I am so proud of you! Keep up the good job! You are amazing girl. I wish I am going to be there to give you the cold drink when you come to the finish line.
    Love you very much and miss you,

    February 5, 2013

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