Catholic Exchange Virtual 5K linkup

So I thought that it would be a helpful sort of accountability if we met up here on a weekly basis to talk about how our training for the great Run/Walk/Limp/Crawl was going.

I’m including a linkup at the end of this post if you want to blog about it, or use the combox to boast of your efforts (or bemoan your slothfulness, as I’m going to do).

I have a flat out-and-back 3.1 mile route that I take (or try to take.  or think about trying to take) three times a week.  It starts from my house, where I have to pry the screen door from the hands of three little boys who have begun sobbing hysterically at the 35-40 minute maternal absence they are now going to be forced to endure.  The sprint across my front yard until their death wails are out of earshot is the fastest pace I will hit for the entire run. It won’t last long.  As soon as Ken’s put on cartoons, they settle down, and I drop back to a brisk walk before the house is even out of sight.  I tell myself that warming up cold muscles is important, and my walking is just smart- not lazy.

Usually when I run, I do so without headphones.  I’m not much of a music lover, but I am a fan of silence.  Guess which one I get exactly never?  So although the sounds of my gasping and panting as I lumber my way through a run aren’t exactly silent, it’s still a good deal quieter than the normal soundtrack that the Clan Stronghold.

But for whatever reason, this week I thought it a good idea to dust off my old iPod Shuffle, and slap together a running playlist.

As much as I love The National and Death Cab for Cutie, they make for lousy fire-up music. In fact, they’re pretty much the worst choices for running I could have found.  Instead of being inspired and full of a go-getter attitude of champions, I was about ready to sit on the side of the road and just wait for Ken and the kids to come get me.  Thankfully, the wonders of Facebook has connected me to Emily, a distant cousin-by-marriage who has a much better running playlist than I do (think: more Bon Jovi, waaaay less Moby).  Someday I may even get around to putting that list on my Shuffle.  But for now, I’ll just go back to silence.

On my non-running days (also, on days that should have been running days but weren’t) I’ve been doing lunges.  50 lunges at a time.  Which I thought was the most pain a person could put their body through until I stepped on a lego in my bare feet while doing one of those lunges.

That’s the most pain a person can put their body through.

I need to add some core training into the workout rotation, but I hate any core work with 25% of the fires of hell*, so I’ve been putting it off.  Next week for sure!  Maybe I’ll play “Marching Bands of Manhattan” while I do it, just to really make the experience as miserable as possible.

So what about you?  Link up your post about how your training has been going so far, or leave a comment so we can all encourage each other this.

* total breakdown of hellfire hatred for physical fitness= 25% core work,  25% ill-fitting workout clothes, 50% modification of diet and/or calorie restriction .

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Cari Donaldson


Cari Donaldson lives on a New England farm with her high school sweetheart, their six kids, and a menagerie of animals of varying usefulness. She is the author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories, and has a weekly podcast about homesteading at

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  • Jeanine Spano

    Well I started the couch to 5K training, because the last time I ran I was being chased by the monster in my closet. OK, not really, but it has been about 10 years. I am overweight, so I knew that it was possible that I would have a hard time running. I got through the first two days wonderfully. It was all sorts of awesome. Day 3 gave me some knee pain that I attributed to our stupid town having stupid slopes streets. However, day 4 brought knee pain of a most excruciating variety. I am no popping ibuprofen like candy, and doing ice massages when my two toddler boys let me relax (read: never). But, not to be daunted, I did day 5 at a speed walking pace.

    I just need to add Jazzercise and I’m set. :-/

  •  Dude, you are on fire!  Having done 500% more exercise than I have, I’m allowed to say that…

  • But…but…that song is so GOOD! 

    Oh *fine*.  Sucky for lunges, I’ll admit….

  • Jeanine Spano

    Unfortunately despite that plus eating way less and also not fun food, I still gained a pound. Wth? If I continue to gain weight…I’ll keep exercising but will add some ice cream so I at least get to enjoy it. 😉

  • Ginskis

    I had three weeks off because of virus and then my daughter’s wedding, but the hit the road this week again. Looking forward to gathering with friends at Shelby Farms to do this.

  • I ran for a bus once.

  • I ran for a bus once.

  • judy cartwright

    ‘Day 4 of new healthy living plan: protein shake for breakfast ( and yes, Cari, chia seeds included), salad & fruit for lunch, and a reasonable dinner. Went to water aerobics yesterday and feel GREAT!…won’t run that 5K, but will definitely walk it faster than a snail’s pace.

  • Don’t forget loooooots of pictures, Amy!

  • That’s my problem- I never remember that songs I like are not necessarily good for working out to.

  • I also did not lose a single pound, despite all my diet and exercise efforts.  I’m chalking it up to a yet-undiscovered gravitational flux.

  • I’m in, but I don’t have anything to put in your linky yet. 🙂

  • Mrs. Stewart

    I work all day and need to include my 4 year old in any exercise program I do. My training includes jumping rope while he splashes in the kiddie pool, chasing him through our apartment with running shoes on, and, after my son goes to
    bed, I dust off my 80’s dance moves in front of the radio or march in place. Couch to limp and hopefully beyond some day! Is it possible to march a 5k in place on September 29?

  • Alright, I’ve heard Dweej mention this virtual 5k thing several times so here I am.  Also trying to shed oodles of fresh babyweight… and old break-up weight… and really old college weight.  LOL  

  • I will do it.  But I can’t start training for real (like actually running) until my husband returns in two weeks (he’s been gone for 7 weeks! ARGH) and we all move cross country.  Until then I will let moving stress take care of the weight loss portion.  I can’t even do a video because my tv is broken.  Sad.  Maybe I can just lead my kids in calisthenics in the meantime.

  • Mrs. Stewart, I think marching a 5K in place will TOTALLY count.  And may deserve its own graphic.

  • Amanda Martin

    How can I be the only one posting blog updates??? I am a BABY blogger 😛

  • We love virtual races! Feel free to submit your race to our virtual race calendar and we’ll help get the word out.