5k Training Update

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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  1. 18 April 2014 / 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.

    • 20 April 2014 / 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!

  2. 18 April 2014 / 3:38 PM

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

  3. 17 April 2014 / 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.

  4. 17 April 2014 / 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.

    • 17 April 2014 / 2:22 PM

      Thanks Emma! Smooth and steady!

  5. 17 April 2014 / 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.

  6. 17 April 2014 / 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.

  7. 17 April 2014 / 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.

    • 17 April 2014 / 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!

  8. 17 April 2014 / 2:25 AM

    Yay, thanks for the update! Best of luck.

    • 16 April 2014 / 11:31 PM

      Make like Nike and just do it! 🙂

  9. 16 April 2014 / 8:16 PM

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

  10. 16 April 2014 / 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!

    • 16 April 2014 / 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!

  11. 16 April 2014 / 4:18 PM

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

    • 16 April 2014 / 4:49 PM

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

  12. 16 April 2014 / 3:48 PM

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

  13. 16 April 2014 / 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

    • 16 April 2014 / 4:47 PM

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

  14. 16 April 2014 / 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.

    • 16 April 2014 / 3:02 PM

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

  15. 15 April 2014 / 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.

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