C25K Week Four: I Ran, I Cooked, I Rocked It

by SimplySharpe on June 11, 2013

I still remember the first time I went “running”. My Dad, an avid runner, asked if I wanted to tag along with him. I was 13yrs old and temporarily living with him and my Stepmom. It was a typical South Florida day, HOT AND HUMID. I’m not even sure I had the proper shoes or clothes, but I was thrilled he invited me with on his run. There were no iPods back then. I may have had a Sony Walkman, but I didn’t have any way to attach it to my arm or wrist, so I decided against lugging it with me. Plus, my Dad promised to go at a pace that would be comfortable so I assumed we’d just chat.

…and we were off. We got about two blocks when I told him, “Go ahead. Save yourself! Can’t breathe. Shin splints. Possible cardiac arrest!” I should probably mention my Dad is a cardiologist and appreciates my flare for drama. He went on without me while I cried my way home, mortified to not make it more than two blocks. I had walked miles around the neighborhood, but never ran.

I tried a couple more times over the last hundred years or so–I feel old–but it never took. For one reason or another (pain, laziness, excuses, etc.), I have never been able to run. As I mentioned in the previous post, hubby and I started the Couch to 5k recently. It’s been awesome doing walk/run intervals and increasing from week to week.

I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to continue with the crazy knee pain I was experiencing. We are in week 4, which is 16 minutes of running. I have never ran that many minutes in the same day/week/month/year. We actually did week 4-Day 1 on Sunday, and I had to walk 1:45minutes during the last run. I was bummed. My knees buckled under me and my ankle felt like it was going to snap. I had already given myself permission to start repeating week 3. I’ve read a ton of blogs/forums about this program, and the best recommendation is that you repeat the weeks you need to, and go at your own pace. I was ready to repeat. I mentally prepared myself for this, but I decided to try and decrease my speed first. I also forced myself to stop singing along to every song I listen to and focus on my breathing.


I made it through the whole workout feeling awesome! I remember looking over at my hubby and noticing he was making it through, too. We rocked this one!

What better reason than running the longest amount in my life to cook myself the most perfect post workout meal–zucchini pizza boats! I’ve been seeing these everywhere from Pinterest to Facebook. They looked delicious and simple–two of my favorite things!

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Quick and easy recipe:

– Preheat oven to 350F

– Cut zucchinis in half (long way)

– Scoop a bit of the insides out

– Lightly brush zucchini with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle in some seasoning like garlic salt, pepper, Italian seasoning

– Spoon in some pizza sauce (I used Classico Four Cheese Marinara because that’s what I had on hand)

– Add the toppings of your choice (I used mushrooms because I love them!) and cover with mozzarella cheese

Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes — that’s it! Low calorie, delicious and nutritious!





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The DJ June 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

I still can’t believe I made it! Great job!

SimplySharpe June 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

You are crushing it, baby! <3

Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) June 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

You are awesome! I hate running, but for a time before we moved to Atlanta I actually started the run/walk mantra and it works. I need to get back to moving a heck of a lot more than I do right now. I love that you are both doing it together too! What a great way to support each other to keep up the momentum!

SimplySharpe June 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thank you, Karen! I’m not totally loving running yet. I love the intervals though! I feel like I can do anything for short periods of time. 😉

Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) June 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

You need an email subscribe area! I want to subscribe and can’t find where to do it. 🙂

SimplySharpe June 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I thought I should have more content first, no? I’m still finding my blogging groove. You have no idea how much I appreciate your tips!!!

Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) June 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm

No. It’s ok to only post when the mood strikes. It’s your blog. 🙂 I am sure you have a few readers, that wouldn’t want to miss it when you do post.

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