I’m Finally One of the #FitReaders

Posted July 24, 2015 in Discussion / 12 Comments

#FitReaders 2015


I’ve been inspired!  It was about a month and a half ago that I attended RAGT 2015 and caught up with Felicia from The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog.  I also met Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About.

Both lead the way for #FitReaders all across the blogosphere.

They really do live the lifestyle – I was blown away by their commitment to walking while away at a book conference.  I was also quite annoyed.  How dare they walk across a four lane busy road to get breakfast when all I wanted to do was hop in my car and drive the distance.  Stairs?  Phfft…. I’ll wait for the elevator with the crowd.  I’m not walking DOWN any flights of stairs, I might trip.  Besides, it’s hot out!  And get this, they wanted to dance at the ball!  Absurd!

I’m embarrassed to admit I used to be in shape.  In my 20’s I rock climbed.  In my 30’s I rock climbed, surfed, and played golf (hey, I lived in San Diego, it’s what you do).  Then at 38 I had my son and we moved to Maine.  Not much exercising happened after that.


So now’s the point when I have to exercise.  NO EXCUSES!  I have a 9 year old to keep up with.  So what did I do?


Well, I saw Ashley from Nose Graze had just finished a Couch to 5K training program.  I thought, “Hey, I am the couch so maybe they can get me to a 5K.  I’ll try it!”  I  waited to post about doing this until I was sure I was going stick with it.


I’m now at Week 7, Day 2

So how did I get to be a happy minion?  Here are my tips and gear!



#1 I Used the Advice Out There

I started by reading Ashley’s POST on Nose Graze with her “Five Tips to Kicking Couch to 5K’s Ass”  She used the app below to do her Couch to 5K.  I also read through her comments.


#2 There’s an App for That!

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I downloaded Active’s Couch to 5K app on my iPhone.  If I remember correctly, I paid $1.99 for it.  There is a free version of it, though.  I like this app because it works.  My husband has tried a lot of the free training apps and he’s had issues with not hearing the “coaches” cues to run, walk, or cooldown. It IS tricky to set the volumes on the notifications, ringer, and music but once you have it, it works! This app’s website had a good explanation how to set it up correctly.

This app also has GPS so it maps where I go, gives me my pace for my walking portion and my running portion, and gives me an overall distance.  These are all timed runs, not distance.  This training program runs for a total of 9 weeks.  Right now, I’m doing straight 25 minute runs.


I have to giggle a little because I don’t feel like I’m running.  I’m jogging.  But no one says they’re going out jogging.  At least that’s what my husband says.

#3 I Need My Tunes!

I rely heavily on music carrying my feet.  My husband says that’s not necessarily a good thing but right now, I need it.  I LOVE music that is 160 bpm because that is how my feet hit the ground, even though my pace is more like a 13 minute mile.  But how in the world do you find music to go with your feet?


This site is fantastic!  You just have to play around with the search tools on the left hand side to find the songs in the bpm you want and genre you like.  Basically, if you run a 9 minute mile, you want 160 bpm.  There are also playlists other people have put up if you need ideas.

What if you have some favorite songs and you want to know the bpm of the songs?  Go here!


This site is self explanatory.  Unfortunately for me, all my alternative music is much too slow for me 🙁

Here’s my current playlist if you want some ideas for songs.  I have VERY eclectic taste.  My guilty indulgence is Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off.  It is THE perfect running song.  The bpm are dead on for me.  That song really gets me going.  This is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars is also dead on!


#4 Never Leave Home Without It

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I love my Jaybird Bluebuds X bluetooth headphones! I did a bit of research when my husband got a pair and these were the best for the price at the time. I quickly researched again when I got mine last week (as a reward for sticking with running) and they still are the best for the price. We get different foam earpieces, though. All I know is that I am so screwed when it comes time for me to run in a race because most races ban headphones.

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Yes, I use a belly bag (or fanny pack when I spin it around) for my phone when I run. This one is made of stretchy spandex so it stretches around my iPhone 5s and stays that size. It stays discreetly under my shirt when I run. It’s a castoff from my husband so I have no clue who made it but it’s probably from Amazon.



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Whoever invented this knee brace should be knighted, bronzed, and then fed a free Denny’s breakfast. This little gadget saved my non-runner’s knees from injury and pain. LOVE!




Further Reading…


I’m always Google’ing running problems and I seem to find answers on Runner’s World.  Here are two of my favorites:

Runner’s World Shoe Advisor – how to find the right running shoe for you

The Big 7 Body Breakdowns – common runner injuries and how to avoid them


Are you one of the #FitReaders?  All it takes is getting up and walking!  Maybe I’ll even see you on the road!

Where I run











About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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12 responses to “I’m Finally One of the #FitReaders

  1. We’re runners here, like competitive, and I can’t stress enough not to run with headphones. And shoes are extremely important. Find a place that does mapping, usually running stores with have the system, and it’ll show the type of shoe that fits your feet and stride. And form is extremely important. So many people get hurt because they just start running and don’t step right, stride right, etc. One of my son’s former teammates screwed up his groin so bad from not running correctly and had to go to a PT, he still has to take it easy a year later. I don’t want you to get hurt! Because then I’d have to go kick your butt. I’m so glad you’re doing it though. Keep at it for a few months, even when you want to stop, and it’ll eventually become addicting. You’ll feel off if you DON’T run.
    Christy recently posted…Hunted by Kevin Hearne & Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

    • K

      YES MOM but what is up with the NOT running with head phones thing!?!

      For form, I go slow, that’s it. I was only doing intervals. Now I’m doing 20-25 minutes with 5 minute cooldowns on each end.

      And shoes… I didn’t even go into that because SNOOZE, boring!! Ha, ha, ha!! I have 2 pairs I alternate with. Both are Asics and I’ve been fitted before by that running store in San Diego (uhhhh, forget the name). I under-pronate. I may have to go in again to our local running store, though. My Asics shoes are SOOOO hot on the asphalt!!

      BTW, my hubs says I’m a hypochondriac b/c I come home from a run and immediately ice or heat what is hurting. No injuries yet, though! I even stopped some plantar facitis!!! I’m pretty sure I’ll be running for a long time. It’s easy and I do feel crappy when I don’t do it 😀 Besides, I think you’d kick my ass if I stop, too!

      • It’s dangerous because you can’t hear what’s going on around you. A couple years ago my son’s school athletic director died because a runner was wearing headphones and couldn’t hear them approaching from behind.. The AD was riding downhill with others on speed bikes in an area that gets a lot of runners and bikers, and the AD ended up running into the runner when he stopped and turned right into the bikers. Died right there from from being thrown from the bike. The teams aren’t allowed to wear headphones when out running either because there’s traffic. The runner was only like 15 or 16 too. Really sad.. AND, you need to be able to hear if some creep is coming up on you. My son’s ASL teacher is deaf and he’s a runner, they were talking about some of the incidences he’s had because he hasn’t heard certain warnings.

        Yeah, you should have them redo it, because you might step differently now or whatever. Also, make sure not to run on worn out shoes. If you run a few miles everyday, a good pair will last you about 4 months.

        Haha – well, if you’re just starting, your joint and muscles aren’t used to it, so you can get pain. Icing is really good, though. A friend of mine started running too, and despite doing everything right, she still had knee pain. She just had to work through it and ice it, and now they don’t bother her. Also, yogo can help too. Or get a golf ball, put it under the sole of your shoeless foot and roll it around on the ground with some pressure. Oh! Foam rollers help too. Roll it on your thigh, butt, or where ever you have soreness/cramps and it’ll really help. It might hurt like a bitch at first, but keep doing it.

        Ugh, okay, I’ll shut up now. lol
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        • K

          NO!!! Don’t shut up!!!!! This is great information!! You’re telling me I’m doing all the right things! I will be very cautious about the headphones thing from now on. I run in my ‘hood and the volume is low and my head is up. My law enforcement hubs has me so afraid of being jumped or abducted I’m constantly aware of everything around me (paranoid much?) Around here, we also run against the traffic. Walkers, bikers, and runners. It’s so much easier that way. Cars are nice about it and still get all the way over.

          I DID get a roller – hubs groaned about it but oh you should hear me moan when I’m laying on it on the floor. It’s very disturbing, I’m sure!!! And I’m always icing at first on the injury but then heat after the first 24 hours.

          I had those knee pains you talk about!! I ran through them and came out the other side 😀 It was soooo hard to push off to run but once I got going, I was good. Now I’m all healed.

          I’m putting more pics up next Friday of my gear – I totally forgot the roller and my foot thingy. I’ve got something BETTER than a golf ball 😉 I have all this stuff b/c my hubs has been running for years and I’m always buying him gadgets.

          • Good for hubs! Keep that paranoia strong. lol. Seriously. Yeah, we run against traffic here too, but some people are just dicks. A few boys from my son’s team have been tapped because a driver’s screw around. They’re adult drivers too, not some teenagers. Crazy assholes. But yay, I always get excited when someone I know starts running!
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    • K

      THANK YOU for posting about the Couch to 5K when you did!!! I can’t tell you how much I love that app you used!!! Constance is so freakin’ pleasant, I smile when she tells me to keep going! My hubs and I have the routine down so I think this will “stick”!!

    • K

      It’s funny, sometimes I feel like I move faster walking than jogging! I really am NOT a runner but this app totally changed that!!! They work you up at intervals so relatively painless. Those knee braces are at Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc. I actually have 2 of them.

      YOU inspire ME, dork!!!! You did a 5k!!!! 🙂

  2. Welcome to the #FitReaders Club!!! I’m a walker, not a runner, but love our little group, that really isn’t so little anymore 🙂 I’m actually training to walk my 1st marathon right now and love this group – it’s like having your very own cheerleading squad! Good for you for sticking with the Couch to 5K – I’ve heard great things about that program. I have really bad knees and hips, which is why I don’t run, but I love walking. I’m also not really a music person, so I listen to audio books when I walk – great way to get in some extra “reading” time while exercising!
    Kristin T. recently posted…#FitReaders: Weekly Check-in July 24

  3. Welcome to Fitreaders !! I don’t run with headphones either, even if I run very early, there are always cars around so I beware and like to hear them coming. (though I love the Foo Fighters and 30 secons to Mars). I’ll post pictures of my surrounding next time I participate, but I keep running while I’m on vacations. I love exercising – especially jogging that makes you feel like you’re on top of the world when you’re finally back home.. Have fun and feel good !!
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