5k Training Update

15 April 2014
Hey Gorgeous! I’m still in training to run The McCarren 5K next month and I would love to report that I’ve been running on schedule and that everything is dandy but, alas, this is not the case.


I’m currently in Week 3 of my training with the C25K app (Couch to 5K) but I had to take the entire second week off because I caught some bug that came complete with body ache, head and chest congestion. Now, one can run with a simple head cold but when you add a strong cough and chest congestion, one needs to have a seat. So sit I did and when I got back on the track this Sunday, it was almost like starting over again. Ugh! Add this to the fact that I was already time challenged because my race date and the length of the training program aren’t exactly lined up and you have a recipe for a frowny-faced Patranila. Nevertheless, I’m back at it and determined to be ready for race day!


On the flip side, another thing that happened this week was getting confirmation that, contrary to my own belief, what one does in life rarely goes unnoticed. No fewer than five friends have been inspired to start running because I’m in training and two of them will be joining me in the McCarren race next month!! Big fat YAY! As a blogger, and as a regular human being, I often wonder if anyone is paying any attention at all. I go about my days, doing the things that I do, with no certainty that I’m impacting anyone’s life, for better or for worse and I can’t help but wonder what I’m doing it for. Learning that I’ve inspired some folks is a great feeling and gives me more motivation to keep going and to keep sharing!


Woman training for a 5K.
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If you’re thinking you want to join in or follow along, look for me on Twitter and Instagram (@patranila) where I’m using the hashtag #5KPJ. Happy trails!

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  • Reply CCC 15 April 2014 at 7:16 PM

    I thank you so much much for the inspiration. I always wanted to but was to chicken to really start running. Nothing like a chall-lange to get you off your couch and trying something new. Thank u P.

  • Reply Amanda T 16 April 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I really want to try as well! I just cannot run! I have gotten up to five minutes though, and with my new treadmill, I am hoping I can start getting better as well.

    • Reply patranila 16 April 2014 at 3:02 PM

      That's great Amanda! You're doing better than most, five minutes is really good.

  • Reply Couponing in Central Florida! 16 April 2014 at 3:22 PM

    You're doing great! I love running, but have moved to the treadmill as I can't seem to stop getting shin splints

    • Reply patranila 16 April 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Shin splits are the worst. Haven't had them in years though, knock on wood!

  • Reply Kung Phoo 16 April 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I had that bug… its no fun! Keep it up 5k run is awesome!

    • Reply patranila 16 April 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Thanks! I'm trudging along!

  • Reply Sam Chao 16 April 2014 at 4:18 PM

    I can't even run 2 miles lol… Kudos to you!

    • Reply patranila 16 April 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Thanks! The C25K app is amazing to get your distance up over time. Try it!

  • Reply Embracing The Good Life 16 April 2014 at 4:59 PM

    That is so awesome! Training for a 5k is how I started running 5 years ago and it was very hard in the beginning, but now I can't imagine my life without running!!! My family and friends now describe me as a runner because I run 15mi a week because it makes me feel good!
    I'm so excited for you!!! Good Luck!

    • Reply patranila 16 April 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Thanks! I used to run years ago but I'm so far out of running shape, it's almost like starting from complete scratch. Working on getting my runner's high back though!

  • Reply Rena McDaniel 16 April 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Congratulations for already coming this far! It's an amazing story of courage!

  • Reply Aisha Kristine Chong 16 April 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I wish i can start my training for running too.

    • Reply patranila 16 April 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Make like Nike and just do it! 🙂

  • Reply NPC23 17 April 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Yay, thanks for the update! Best of luck.

  • Reply Chasity 17 April 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Best of luck! I've also been trying to work on my fitness. I've been going to the gym five to six times a week for the past month. I'd love to run like you one day but for now I'm focusing on strength.
    BTW, you're absolutely gorgeous.

    • Reply patranila 17 April 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Five to six days at the gym is incredible! I'm having a hard time making it out for the three days a week.
      And, thank you!

  • Reply Franc 17 April 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Good luck on your run. It gets easier when it's an actual run so you see more people to push you.

  • Reply Cheap Is The *New* Classy 17 April 2014 at 4:41 AM

    We all have those moments when we wonder if anyone is impacted by us. It's nothing to worry about. Good luck with your running.

  • Reply EmmaT 17 April 2014 at 1:13 PM

    It's great when others are inspired by something you're doing. Good luck with getting back to the training and hope it's a smooth run (lol) to the race date.

    • Reply patranila 17 April 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Thanks Emma! Smooth and steady!

  • Reply Cococute Manaloto 17 April 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Keep it up and I envy you because I always tell myself about starting to run for fitness but it just stays on my mind.

  • Reply Katherine Bartlett 17 April 2014 at 6:43 PM

    You're doing so good! Keep it up!

  • Reply Fabulous Perks 18 April 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Thank you for keeping us updated, you are such an inspiration!

  • Reply Michelle Knopp 18 April 2014 at 4:33 PM

    You go girl! I must say you have made me think about going for a jog today. I love running, I just don't make the time for it. Now that I'm out of shape it's sooo much harder, too. Keep it up. You're looking good.

    • Reply patranila 20 April 2014 at 1:07 AM

      Thanks Michelle! It is SO hard to do when you're out of shape. Ugh! I hope you get out there soon!

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