I am rounding on 2 weeks with 9 Rounds and drinking nearly a gallon of water per day and following their nutrition plan. I really enjoy it. I am down roughly 5 lbs or so, although I’m not really friends with my scale this week. It’s shark week and I feel all out of sorts. It has been a few months since shark week last happened and it has come with a vengeance this month. I am always happy and yet sad for it’s arrival. It means things are functioning properly (a sign of healthy diet and exercise) but then also means I’m not pregnant. So it’s iffy. I just forget how crappy I tend to feel the first few days….that’s the part I hate the most…

Okay, on to my other dilemma, hence the title of this post….

I have been doing the C25K program, about 3 days a week. For those of you who might not know, C25K stands for Couch to 5K, and is a training program to help you increase your running speed/distance at a rate that is comfortable for you. The way it works is for the first week of the program (you choose your days, there are 3) the program is a 5 minute warm up walk, and then a 60 second run followed by a 90 second walk, and you alternate run, walk, run, walk, for 20 mins, and then there is a 5 minute cool down and then you are done. Work out lasts 30 minutes. Then as you go from week to week those times change…building up your run time slowly. (you can repeat days if you want, you really can go at your own speed/pace)

I first started this program back in the summer but never really progressed the weeks. I just kept re-doing week 1 over and over again to get used to it and build endurance. This past fall I managed to develop plantar fasciitis in my left foot (added to a damaged right ankle that I keep braced now). I’ve seen the podiatrist, I’ve taken anti-inflammatories, done stretches, ice bottles, etc. I don’t seem to find much relief either way. I ran in a bad pair of shoes for a few months but have since then gone back to the running shoes I was originally fitted for at a specialty running store. I am just frustrated because it is really starting to interfere with the running. The past two weeks I have been doing the C25K programs on treadmill because it’s frigid outside. This week, I decided to push my self and attempt the week 2 program, which is 5 min warm up, 90 second run,120 second walk (for 20mins) and then 5 min cool down. I did it well on Tuesday and Thursday was okay- I had some distractions (text messages) on my phone so I didn’t get all of the segments ran, but today, I barely made it through half of the work out and I had to get off. My feet were hurting so bad. I have been toughing it out to this point because I tell myself “I can push through this for 90 seconds” but today, it was unbearable. I finished up on the recumbent bike but feel lousy for not being able to finish what I started. And what is most frustrating of it all, besides the pain, is the fact that I know I could up my speed and distance but the foot pain is holding me back. In the past, any time I did cardio, I would be limited by my breathing and getting really out of breath. Now I am running and have great breath control and more endurance and I’m having to quit because of foot pain. 😐 I am sure I am not the only person to encounter this problem, but I am struggling with how to get past it.

I am currently working out 6 days a week, but they are 30-45 minute work outs. I don’t feel like they are “killing” me work outs. They are great “HIIT” sessions, my heart rate goes up and down, etc On Mon, Weds, and Saturdays I do the 30 min 9Round sessions, which are a lot of body weight exercises (burpees, planks, push ups, squats, lunges) and then a lot of kickboxing moves, punching bags, kicks, etc. And then on Tues, Thurs, and Fri I am attempting the 30-45 minute cardio (usually 30 min run, 15 elliptical) but I think I’m going to have to change the routine. There are plenty of things that can be done besides running, I just have to get the routine figured out. Probably something at home and free weight based. I have kettle bells, stability ball, ankle weights, and some dumb bells, I am sure I can come up with something. I really want to focus on my core so maybe I can create something around that…

Anyone have any suggestions/ideas?

Also, if you have plantar fasciitis experience, I’d love to hear any ideas to relieve the pain…. 🙂



Omg, it has been forever! I do apologize…. I get carried away with life and don’t take a moment to pause and write and reflect like I should.

I’m not 100% sure where I left off at… If I’m not mistaken it was before last May and right before my first 5K. So quick update… Steph and I ran the Glo Run in May and it was awesome. Hard…but so motivating and rewarding at the same time. I still can’t run 3 miles without stopping or walking but I’ll get there one day. We ran as much as we could and walked the rest. In September we ran our second 5K , the Graffiti Run, and did even better than last time. We love it and continually look for races to run and improving each time. I remember a day when walking a mile was seemingly a mountain of a goal… It’s so cool to see progress…regardless of how small or the time it takes. 🙂 – we’ll be signing up for the color run this week as well.

So my summer was pretty active. I maintained strength training with BUC and in between did a lot of walking/running and the occasional tennis match or basketball game. It was fun and I even had the husband involved.

My fall slowed down a bit. First happened with the development of plantar fasciitis and then there were holidays and 2 rounds of illness. Needless to say I did not finish the year where I had hoped I would.

9 RoundHowever, its a new year and a new focus. In order for me to stay the course I often have to change my routine up. It’s the best way I’ve found to keep motivation and perseverance high. So this year I am embarking on a new journey. My good friend and trainer Christy (from BUC) opened a facility in Louisville called 9 Rounds. When I first heard of it I had no idea what it was but a quick google search and investigation of their website and I was in love.

So basically, it’s a 30 minute session, based off of kick boxing moves, with cardio and weights thrown in as well as ab moves. There are 9 stations and each station is a different exercise. For example, the first station might be lunges/side kicks…. And you do that move for three minutes, then you rotate to the next station, which might be push ups with shoulder press (dumbbells) and you do that move for 3 minutes… So on and so forth. There are hanging bags for punching and kicking and medicine balls, etc. it’s really fun and but challenging. In fact my shoulders are sore as I type this from my session earlier. There are no appointments or class times. You come in when you can and jump in when the next round starts…that makes it even more flexible to squeeze it in to your busy schedule. Just show up and knock it out. Membership includes a pair of boxing gloves and hand wraps which were fun too. I had to purchase a gym bag to carry my stuff in. Never had a need before but now I’m lugging around boxing gloves and wraps etc… 😉 IMG_0260

You should definitely check out 9round.com and get the scoop. Better yet, if you’re in the Louisville area give Christy’s place a visit. First work out is free!!! It’s located it 4646 Chamberlain Lane Louisville. In the same building as Kleinert and Kutz hand center and Moe’s restaurant!

This week I am going to do another post and tell you about the 9 Rounds nutrition and meal plans I’ve been following and how awesome they are so far. Stick with me… I have lots to say, but I must go to bed. Mentally and physically tired. 🙂