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Couch To 5k

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Carbzilla

    You totally got this. I run a 5k in about 45 minutes and that’s with no training and a lot of walking. I don’t want to underplay it, but I think this will be a snap for you.

    I totally get you on the goal thing. Last night we saw an interview with Mark Cuban who said his goal had been to retire by 35. I realized that for a long time we never set financial goals so we had nothing to work towards. It makes sense in all parts of our lives. I think we all know this, but we forget.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the support! And yes, I agree–it helps all aspects of life. I’ve been okay with saving money but do splurge here and there. Having a specific goal (like a honeymoon) to save money for has helped focus me and make me less likely to splurge.

  2. My Running Stitches

    This is my year to comeback to running. I plan on doing 14 5k races this year. I’ve done two virtual 5ks and my first real world 5k will be 3/1.

    Enjoy your training and runs!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow! That’s a great goal!

  3. K @ Finding a Skinnier me

    You can do it!! I am signing up for my very first 5k and I am scared. I think having a race though to train for will be the motivator. Good luck!!! I am also doing the Couch to 5k 🙂 I look forward to hear how yours goes.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Don’t be scared! My advice is to not put pressure on yourself. It’s okay to walk!

  4. Carrie @ Season It Already!

    So excited for you that you are doing this! I’d recommend doing it 3x per week, but start from the very beginning, even if you think you are at a certain level. That way, you can build up… And yes, it’s recommended that you run those 3 days, but not ever consecutive days and do cross/strength training and or yoga on the others days and include 1-2 days of rest.

    I bought an app for $1.99, I believe. It’s awesome because it tells me when to run and when to walk. You just pick the day week and day you are on. Loved it. I’m going to start it again once my broken toe is healed. 😉

    I think the one I use is now called Ease into 5k. I love it!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the tips! I will follow the plan and check out the app. I didn’t know there were apps. That’s cool.

  5. Lori

    This is the exact plan I used to get into running as a newbie. I was able to run a 5K by the end, but not at the pace they had. Since you already have run, it will be easier for you to get back into it.
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    1. Lori

      I forgot to add that I also downloaded podcasts to run with that had the music timed for this exact workout. I think it was Robert Ulrey or something like that. Very helpful because I didn’t have to keep looking at my watch.
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      1. Lisa Eirene

        Oooh great idea! I will look for those podcasts. Thanks!

    2. Lisa Eirene

      I’m not too concerned about the pacing. I say that now, but when I really get into it I will probably care! LOL

  6. Dot2Trot

    Awesome. I started walking in 5Ks last year with my first one in April. I signed up for that 5K again, but this time I want to run it. I’m using Jeff Calloway’s Easy 5K training app. It actually uses your own music and changes the speed so you run either faster or slower.

    Good luck!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ok I need that app! Sounds perfect!

  7. Biz

    I’ve known lots of people who have done the Couch to 5k – totally doable – congrats for signing up!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I just hope I don’t jinx myself for signing up!

  8. Roz@weightingfor50

    YAY!!!! You’ll be FINE!
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  9. April

    I’m using the couch to 5k app. I signed up for the Portland Shamrock Run. Every year I get roped into it & every year I regret it. The weathers just usually so gross! This will be my first year to attempt to run the majority of it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ah man! Sorry! I did the Shamrock a few years ago and got lucky. It was FREEZING but didn’t rain.

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