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Hit My First 5K Goal Time

How funny is it that I spent all day yesterday thinking it was Wednesday? I posted WIAW thinking I was totally ahead of the game, then went for my Tuesday run. Yep. THAT kinda week.

Yesterday I hit my goal of running 5K in under 35 minutes! The best part of reaching a goal is setting new ones.

The 35-minute time was just my primary goal for my first month of 5K training. I have one more workout left in week 3 of Couch to 5K and my ultimate goal is to run the race in under 30 minutes on September 28th. I have 5 weeks to drop 5 minutes, and I think cutting down a minute a week is totally doable!

Yesterday was the perfect day to run. After it rained all afternoon, it was 73ºF and still overcast, so the heat and humidity didn’t have a chance to set in. Trust me when I say that any Florida summer day under 80º is a dream come true! There’s a good chance the weather helped me hit my time, but I don’t question good things!

The only negative thing about running in or after the rain is the toll it takes on my shoes.


Not a bad problem to have!

After my run, I made a yummy vegetarian dinner. We had sweet potatoes cut in half topped with cream cheese and cinnamon and a side of quinoa veggie stir fry.

The veggie stir fry was so good! First, I sauteed some garlic and onion in coconut oil, cumin, black pepper and garlic salt. Then I stirred in carrots, baby portobello mushrooms, eggplant, and yellow squash. Last, I mixed in cooked quinoa and spinach and let it all cook for a few more minutes. I topped it with some fresh lemon juice and Troy and I ate it with the creamy sweet potatoes. It was a perfect mix of sweet and savory for a quick, healthy dinner.

Today I’m taking a rest from running, but Troy and I plan to hit up the gym to strength train, something we’ve both been neglecting. I’m really happy with my legs at the moment, but my arms and core could use some work, so I’m doing this arms and abs circuit as a warm up for the weights.

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There are a few cardio moves worked in to help keep your heart rate up throughout the circuit. I’m really excited to try this one since I haven’t been giving my abs nearly enough attention lately. Now that I’m falling in love with running, I have to remind myself that strength training is equally important. And that’s exactly what I plan to focus on today!

I’m wondering…

What were your greatest fitness goals  that you’ve accomplished? What are the new goals you’ve set for yourself?

My greatest accomplishment: Running a mile outdoors in under 10 minutes
My new goal: Running a 5K at a 9:30 pace
My existing goal: Do a pullup from a dead hang

About youmefit

I am a college student that is trying to stay physically fit and eat healthy. We all know how hard this is, so I am trying to post some tips, and get some discussions started so we can all learn from each other.


  1. Awesome job!! 🙂

    The only time I’ve ever run more than 3 miles was when I actually did my races..

    • Thank you! I wonder if I should be taking it easier during training…

      • I was a big runner in high school (I’m now 26). I’ve recently started racing a 5k once a month. However, I do absolutely NO RUNNING to get ready for these races. I just go to my local Gold’s gym and participate in the hour long fitness classes. These seem to have done the trick as my first race was completed in 26:40 and my fastest over the last 4 months was 24:40. I think as long as your body is getting used to pushing itself for the length of time necessary to complete the race that you’ll do great!

        • Those are awesome race times! I think you’re right about pushing yourself for a set time. Since I stopped doing Insanity, it’s been harder for me to run. I think it’s time to get back to intense hour-long circuit training so a 30-minute run will be a breeze!

  2. Kelly @ The Rad Dish

    I love the Amazing Arms and Abs workout you posted. My husband and I have been doing only body weight resistant workouts for the past month to take a break from dumbells and barbells and this workout will fit right in with what we’re doing. Thanks!

    • I know, I love bodyweight routines when I’m tired of weights or I just want to stay home. I actually did this one yesterday and after 3 circuits I was beat. Good luck!

  3. Congrats! My next 5k goal is to get in under 35 minutes 🙂

  4. Awesome congrats!I am coming back from a knee injury and am using the couch to 5k plan also! I am hoping to get back to an under 30minute race time again too for my upcoming September race. Keep it up, it sounds like you have been doing amazing!

    • Thank you! Couch to 5K is really awesome, right? Sorry hear about your knee, but I’m really glad you’re getting back into it. Good luck on your goal time and kill it in September!

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