Couch25k Week 3 – Completed

Couch25k Week 3 – Completed

It’s been a really hectic few weeks hence why there was no update last week.

I began week 3 of the programme, did 2 of the 3 runs and then with weekends away and my pilates restarting, run 3 kept getting put off.

My first 2 runs went great. I actually managed the 3 minute running sessions and didn’t feel too bad after them. Although, I think I did swear at the podcast lady on my final 3 minute run when she happily told me to begin my run just as I reached the bottom of a hill!

My 3rd run was delayed by several days. I have just returned to my pilates class and I couldn’t manage a run for a few days after my first class! I was a little bit broken and didn’t think it was wise. When I did go out for my 3rd run, I binned the podcast and went solo.

We live on a big circular estate so I did a few laps of it. After my 5 minute warm up I went for it. I ran and pushed myself for as long as I could. I kept setting myself goals like “I’ll get to the next lamppost and see how I feel” or “I’ll get to the corner of the next road”. I managed to run just over half the estate (including uphill sections) and I felt very proud of myself. I felt like I’d pushed myself harder than the podcast would have done.

I’ve done 1 more run since and managed 2 good, continuous 5 minute runnning blocks which is a massive improvement for me. I set out with the intention of running as much as I could, only slowing down for the minimum amount of time to catch my breath back. It seemed to work and when I got home I noticed I had taken 30 seconds off my pace time!

I’m really enjoying running which I never thought I would say. I fully intend to keep it up and my next goal is to be able to run a full lap of our estate. It doesn’t seem an enormous goal but we’re going with baby steps so I feel like I am achieving something.

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Couch25k Week 2 – Complete

Couch25k Week 2 – Complete

Another week of my Couch25k complete and yet again I am incredibly proud of myself. This week has consisted of 90 seconds of running followed by 2 minutes of walking for 20 minutes.

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At the start of the week I wasn’t sure if I would be able to manage the extra 30 seconds of running but my first 90 second run passed really quickly once I got my head down and started concentrating on my music. It also helped that I was going downhill! By the end of my first longer run, I didn’t feel too bad. It gave me real confidence and made me think I’m not quite as unfit as I thought!

On my second run of the week I ventured a bit further and headed for the main road. I’ve been avoiding inflicting my running on the general public too much as I think I run a little bit like Phoebe from Friends! If you’re a Friends fan, you’ll know the episode and why I’ve mainly been running around our dark estate! But, my confidence is growing and I thought I’d go for it.

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My final run of the week was hard. Much harder than it has been all week as I had a head on wind for the homeward stretch and it really took it out of me. I admit that I did have to end 2 of the running sections slightly early but I still managed to take nearly 20 seconds/km off my best pace. I must have been flying!

This week I have signed myself up for my first 5k race. It’s in July so I have plenty of time to prepare for it and it’s the Cancer Research Race For Life so hardly competitive. I wanted to set myself a goal so I had something to work towards and feel like my all my hard work isn’t for nothing.

Next week is going to be really hard. This isn’t meant to be easy so I’m sure I’m probably going to say that every week! Next week is repetitions of 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes running and 3 minutes walking. Those 3 minutes of running are really going to test me as it’s doubling my running time! I also need some new music for next week as I’m getting a bit bored of the same old 30 minute continuous mix. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d be grateful.

Couch25k Week 1 – Complete

Couch25k Week 1 – Complete

Six months ago I would never have believed I would write that title. I had just had a c-section and was at the heaviest I had ever been in my life. To be honest, I was disgusted with myself.

Just a few days after my section I set myself a challenge, to get fit and get to a healthy BMI.

I was banned from driving for 6 weeks after my section so I walked everywhere and I’ve tried to do that as much as possible since. Walking 4 small people is sometimes an impossible task! I enjoyed the walking and pushing the pram plus with the added weight of a baby in a sling, it was quite a good workout.

I am now 4 stone lighter than I was pre-pregnancy and still losing but it has definitely slowed down so I decided to try the NHS Couch 2 5k podcasts.

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I am not a runner! Anybody who knows me is well aware that I don’t run. I would rather miss a bus than run after it! I also have a problem with my lower spine caused by an accident several years ago so I was a little apprehensive about running. I’ve said I’ll try things like this in the past but never do so this time I was determined.

I did my first run on Tuesday night and it was hard. I did a 5 minute warm up followed by alternating 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. The 60 seconds of running felt like an eternity compared to the longer walking sections but I did it. I felt so proud of myself and actually enjoyed it (don’t tell anyone). I was really looking forward to Thursdays run and managed to up my pace and go further.

I did my third run on Sunday and this time ventured further than the perfect running track that is our estate. I did a small lap of the village which I knew involved a few hills and I was feeling particularly smug when my first run coincidence with a steep downward stretch. But as I rounded the corner I realised if I had come down, I had to go back up and just as I saw the upward section the podcast lady told me my next running section was coming up! I survived and even though I strayed from my fairly flat running, I still upped my pace and distance. Very proud moment!

My first week of running has been an experience. My back has held out and after a few niggles from my section scar on the first night, it hasnt bothered me since. I’ve actually discovered that I quite enjoy running. It’s 30 minutes of fresh air and quiet time out of the house on my own.

Next week the training ups to 90 seconds of running and 2 minutes of walking. Feeling nervous already but looking forward to seeing if I can manage it.

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