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Resolution: To Run a 5K

I'm Katie Michelle Reyes, a 27-year-old wife and mama. I run the lifestyle blog, Katie Did What, where I share a glimpse into my life as a new mom, and my love for fashion, fitness, writing and coffee. I really love coffee. I'm a wife to my incredible husband, Zack, and a mother to our sweet Sam, who is 8 months old. We live in Sacramento, California and love spending time together as a family.

THE RESOLUTION: Don’t you just love a new year? It’s a clean slate, a fresh beginning and a chance to start anew. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and then learn from whatever mistakes were made, cherish the memories that you loved and move forward to bigger and better things! My resolution for 2015 is to run a 5k! It is something that I have wanted to do for quite some time now, but I’ve always had a good excuse not to. This year, I’m challenging myself to let go of those silly excuses and just do it! Probably the biggest motivator for me is that I now have this little person who will see me as a role model. It is up to me to set a good example for him his whole life, and living a healthy lifestyle and treating my body properly is one of the best ways to do that.

WHY: I've never really been a runner, but I've always wanted to get into it. I am very passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and fitness is a huge part of who I am. I make sure to nourish my body with the right food and also make sure to get a good sweat session in almost every day. Living an active lifestyle is something that makes me feel better about myself. It gives me more energy, it makes me happy and it makes me a better wife and a better mom! Like I said, the one thing that I haven’t ever gotten into is running. Give me a yoga mat or a High Intensity Interval Training workout or an ab challenge any day, but running? That is something that scares me. The unfamiliar is always a scary thing, right? Well, now that I am back to my pre-baby shape, I believe it is the perfect time to try something new! Thus, I am challenging myself to run a 5k! This is the perfect introduction to running for a beginner like me. Plus, I love a good challenge.

THE CHALLENGES: This resolution, like all resolutions, doesn’t come without challenges! I have no childcare, so I'll be running with my baby in tow! It will definitely be an added challenge, but a fun one too, that I am certainly up to! Thankfully, I have an awesome jogging stroller that I’ve been itching to put to actual use (you know, for jogging as opposed to just walking) and there is a park by my house with a track that is perfect for running! I know that Sam will enjoy getting out each day and going for jogs with mommy, and I’ll enjoy it too. Sure, working out is good for one’s health and well-being, but it’s good for more than that. It’s good for the soul and for one’s happiness. So I work out to be healthy, but I also work out for myself. And no, this isn’t selfish. Being happy is actually a huge part of being healthy, too. Mental health is just as important and necessary as physical health. So cheers to a healthy and happy new year! I have a feeling this challenge will be a difficult one, but it will also be one that strengthens me, both physically and mentally. And that is what I’m most looking forward to!

THE PLAN: For this challenge of mine, I will be following a weekly "couch to 5k" plan to build my endurance and gradually work up to my goal of running a 5k. This plan is specifically formatted for people like me- absolute beginners! My fitness level is definitely above a “couch potato” so I think the beginning might be pretty easy, but the whole point is to gradually improve my running ability, and this is just the way to do so! I'll also be sure to eat healthy and do strength training in addition to cardio, like I always do. I make sure to do something that gets my heart rate up and makes me break a sweat each day. I like to mix it up too, so I never get bored, but now running will become more of a staple in my exercise routine. And you know the best part about running? It’s always free and it’s always available. You don’t need fancy equipment. You don’t need anybody else. You just need yourself and your willpower. I am more than ready to get out there and run!

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