I got in 4 walk/runs this week for a total of 6.3 miles. I haven’t been following the C25K routine minute by minute.   Instead, being a country girl, I’ve been regulating my running by telephone poles.  The first week I’d walk the distance between 2 telephone poles, then run between the next two poles, and repeat. It ended up being surprisingly close to the actual C25K timing.

The second week I ran 1-2, then walked one.  This last week I was running 2-3 poles and walking 1-2.  Once I even made it 5 whole telephone poles without stopping –0.3 miles, a feat which then forced me to walk, panting, for the next 5 minutes straight, I was so tuckered out.  Ah well.

Bottom line:  making progress, getting stronger, liking the Asics, still looking forward to exercising.  And loving hanging out with my 15 year old son who is being a really good sport about keeping me company as I toodle along at a turtle’s pace.


  1. way to go you and your son sounds a sweetie.
    On my own keep fith thingy so like you little bits of progress makes a whole heap of change. keep up your excelent work

  2. But do you take photos of those telephone poles?


    I live on the side of a mountain and sometimes the steep dirt road to the top challenges me. I measure my progress in telephone poles.

    I ran a 5K while still 90 pounds overweight.


  3. AllieZirkle says:

    How exciting!!! This is so great! I have an iphone and LOVE the RunKeeper app. Do you have a smart phone?

  4. Love the telephone pole idea for us country runners (toddlers) 🙂 I have been doing something similar but wasn’t sure how it compared to the Couch 2 5K. Good luck!