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Category: Couch-to-5K

Benefits of running solo
[ 6 ] 03/10/2014

Benefits of running solo

Running with a friend or running group has its benefits. Someone is there to keep you accountable and you can enjoy conversation and catch up with friends you haven’t seen all week. However, sometimes you may need to go off on your own. Maybe your training schedule’s planned mileage doesn’t match the group or you […]

Breathing Techniques for Runners
[ 1 ] 02/06/2014

Breathing Techniques for Runners

If there is one comment I’m getting over and over from my new Couch to 5k runners, it’s “I can’t catch my breath”.  Many new runners complain that they feel their breathing is out of control, even on short, easy runs.  It’s a little known fact, running will make you breathe harder. :)  Our muscles […]

Motivation Monday: C25K Success Story - Katie G!
[ 2 ] 01/27/2014

Motivation Monday: C25K Success Story – Katie G!

Last fall, The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans hosted our first virtual Couch to 5k training group.  I’m very proud to introduce you to one of our many success stories, Katie G!  She continues to be active in our current C25K group, encouraging and motivating our newest set of runners.  Katie graciously agreed to an […]

Basic Foam Rolling for Runners!
[ 4 ] 01/19/2014

Basic Foam Rolling for Runners!

Hello there!  Now that our new runners over in the Shrinking Jeans Virtual c25k program have made it through their first week, I’d like to introduce you all to some basic foam rolling techniques that can help keep your muscles happy and healthy.  Foam rolling is an inexpensive form of self-massage.  Proper rolling can help […]

Ready...Set...Couch to 5k!
[ 4 ] 01/13/2014

Ready…Set…Couch to 5k!

Good day, runners!!!  Yes…that means YOU!  If you were here last week, you know we have kicked off another round of virtual couch to 5k training.  If you missed Lisa’s kick-off post, go read it here.  I’ll wait. We all caught up?  Perfect :) That training starts NOW.  You should have downloaded the C25k app […]

Couch to 5K Virtual Program- Winter 2014
[ 91 ] 01/05/2014

Couch to 5K Virtual Program- Winter 2014

We are kicking off our Couch to 5K Virtual Program. What is Couch to 5K? It is a 9 week training program geared to take you from the *couch* (not running) to running a 5K. Each week consists of three *run* days. Each run day has a warm-up, intervals of walking and running, and as […]

Resolutions or SMART goals?
[ 4 ] 01/03/2014

Resolutions or SMART goals?

Here we are 3 days into 2014.  How are you doing on those New Year’s Resolutions you set just a few short days ago? Do you even make New Year’s Resolutions?  Here’s a news flash for you – I don’t.  I think it’s silly to make vague promises to oneself that will probably go by […]

Is Running For Me?
[ 4 ] 01/02/2014

Is Running For Me?

If you are new around here, you will quickly find out that we have a strong running community.  In fact, some of you that have been around for a while might think us runners as  a crazy, fanatical, *talks about running all the time* group. We aren’t. You might feel like you don’t belong to […]

I'm running so why can't I lose weight?
[ 1 ] 12/07/2013

I’m running so why can’t I lose weight?

I’m here today to talk to you about a side effect of running that perplexes many runners. I’m running so why can’t I lose weight? When I first became a runner, my weight dropped quickly, but here I am several years later, with a full marathon and 9 (soon to be 10) half marathons under […]

You Finished Your First 5k! What's next?
[ 3 ] 11/18/2013

You Finished Your First 5k! What’s next?

Congratulations!!! Many of you ran your first 5k as part of the Shrinking Jeans Ghostly Gallop.  You made a commitment, found a training plan, moved up from running only a minute to running for over 30 minutes.  That’s a HUGE accomplishement and you should be very proud of yourself. Now that you finished your first 5k, […]

Race Recovery
[ 1 ] 10/28/2013

Race Recovery

Congratulations!!!! You’ve just completed your first 5k or 10k – very likely the Ghostly Gallop – and you are basking in the post-run glow.  What you do in the minutes, hours and days post race can make a huge difference in how you will feel.  Race recovery is as important to your training and the […]

Follow this Runner! C25K success story
[ 2 ] 10/26/2013

Follow this Runner! C25K success story

Approximately 9-10 weeks ago, many brave women (and a few men) started on a journey to become runners. One of the runners in our Facebook group finished her first 5k a couple weeks ago & I couldn’t be more proud. Ann Turner is a 50 year old Communications Officer for Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. […]

Race Week Prep
[ 0 ] 10/24/2013

Race Week Prep

So, you’ve made it through the Couch to 5k program and you are gearing up for this weekend’s Shrinking Jeans Ghostly Gallop 5k/10k.  AWESOME!!!! You’ve put in the work and now it’s time to get paid.  There isn’t really anything you can do from a training standpoint in the final week or weekend leading up […]

Couch to 5k Check In!
[ 1 ] 10/17/2013

Couch to 5k Check In!

It’s hard to believe, but we started the latest virtual Couch to 5k training program almost 7 weeks ago!  I’ve been a resource on Facebook to a group of runners going through this program and I thought it would be fun to get their perspective on how they felt it was going. I asked how […]

Best Laid Plans: when injuries happen
[ 10 ] 09/26/2013

Best Laid Plans: when injuries happen

Hi, my name is Bari and I’m a broken runner. I wonder how many times I can drop the f-bomb in this post before it gets blocked by most filters.  If I was going to make this a movie and rate it PG-13, I’d get 4 according to the Motion Picture Association of America film […]