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I finished Couch to 5k 3 weeks ago and I committed to running 15 to 20k each week.
So here is my progress….
I’ve started attempting running outdoors again (yes in the current temperatures in the UK) My natural runner boyfriend has a route along the promenade by the beach from our flat which is 5k. I have struggled through it a few times and can comfortably run 3k before I start to want to vomit!
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I quite often feel a bit like this however!
On Wednesday I woke up and just felt like running so did a quick treadmill 3.5k
Tonight despite a long sweaty day I was determined to run after work.
I applied this principle….
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Amazingly I managed a personal best of 5k in 29 minutes. 2 mins faster than any previous times.
I feel like running outside has made me a stronger quicker runner despite me still not being that great outside.
For anyone doing couch to 5k, keep persevering and it will get easier, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
It is only 3 months since running a minute was too much for me so a sub 30 minute 5k makes me very proud!
Well this week I have got a lot of nice things. I’m enjoying 2 weeks off work at the moment and trying to put any stress out of my head to deal with in a weeks time. There is a lot of food in this post….be warned.
Homemade scones and champagne prepared by my Mummy.
Evening walks along the beach watching the SBS do secret squirrel stuff.
Walking where the water should be because of the super moon.
Pancake style crumpets.
Climbing on cliffs
Homemade seafood platter (thanks M and S)
My boys eating ice cream…. The cat didn’t have any honestly!
Visiting Broadchurch (aka
Leaning over cliffs (and getting told off…a lot)
Being forced to watch It…. Actually this wasn’t so much fun….
Heart shaped sunlight on the bedroom wall….awwww
Treating myself to prescription RayBans
Making an Evian baby that looks nothing like me!
Using my Boots points to get these two…. And yes they do look pretty similar to the colour already on my nails…
So what has been making you happy this week?
So today was day 1 of week 9 of couch to 5k. Last week I was running for 28 minutes. This week is 30.
Psychologically this seems like a lot more despite being only 2 more minutes. Today I was determined to hit the 5k mark. That’s 30 minutes of continuous running. Yuck.
Well I am very pleased to say I managed it. It took 31 minutes but it was 5 whole kilometres. Further than I have ever run before.
I will complete the programme and plan on continuing to run 3 times per week. On the other 2 to 3 I will do a 30 day shred type HIIT workout.
I can’t recommend the couch to 5k programme enough. Yes you do need to be self motivated and determined but it is amazing what you can achieve. My boyfriend maintains that all human beings can run….I feel like maybe I missed that gene and was meant to be in a cave stirring a pot rather than hunter gathering….however in 8 weeks I have gone from struggling to run for 30 seconds to running for 30 minutes.
I don’t ever see me completing a 10k run or a marathon but I am pleased that I have done something in a decent time that I never thought I would do.
Overall of you are thinking about starting couch to 5k, download Get Running and just do it! There may be times you want to give up or stop but keep your focus and you can do it!
Here is a bit of Ryan to get you going…..
You all know I’ve been running a lot recently so this weekend I decided to treat myself to some new running kit!
The vest is a subtle neon orange with a racer back. It was a princely £7.99 from TK Maxx
Clearly I needed some jazzy shorts too and these fitted the bill. They have purple tight fitting longer cycling short liners for added ‘security’ and erm they look cool. They were £14.99 also from TK Maxx.
I teamed this little lot over a seam free sports crop top in purple I’ve had for a while.
Here is the finished look! I felt pretty cool to be honest for gym gear.
I’ve also decided I must have these trainers in my life to complete the outfit but I can’t find my size in them anywhere. They are Nike Free Runs in Hot Punch….someone please help me find them in a UK 6!
So last time I updated about couch to 5k I was on week 4 and feeling pretty proud…..
I’ve just completed the final run of week 7. It’s fair to say I’m even prouder. Mainly for sticking with something I really don’t like. I remember with dread having to run 1500 metres at school and now I’m running 3.5 times that….for fun.
So week 5 was still working on an interval basis.
5 minutes to start with then up to 8. The thought of running 8 minutes made me feel quite sick!
But oh look by the end of the week I was meant to be running 20!
Week 6 was back to intervals to start with.
But then by day 3…..25 minutes….
All of week 7 has been 25min continuous runs and week 8 is 28….week 9…30.
Overall I have found this approach to be brilliant. I never thought I could run for 25 continuous minutes and not die….this morning it was so hot I considered it!
I’ve been gradually increasing my pace on the treadmill and I’m hoping by next week I will actually be running 5k with no walking.
A word of warning though if you are starting this program, between weeks 4 and 5 I put on 6lbs…..no don’t try and tell me it was muscle that would be ridiculous for a woman….
Anyway it’s come back off now and apparently it’s quite common if you start running having not done it before, something about muscles needing glycogen and so storing more water! Anyway if it happens to you..don’t panic! I nearly threw in the towel but instead scaled back my extra runs and restarted interval training as well. It may have sorted itself out on its own but I was starting to feel like a sausage in too tight a skin.
Hopefully in 2 weeks time I’ll be able to call myself a couch to 5k graduate.
I think I mentioned recently that I started the couch to 5k programme so I thought I’d give an update on my progress.
I am now on week 4 of the programme and so far we have a kind of love hate relationship.
I started running at the beach in week 1.
At this point I was running for 1 minute then walking for 1 and a half.
I started taking photos to track the programme so here is week 1.
I then went to stay at my parents for 2 weeks so wasn’t near the beach so had to run on the roads. Uneven ground is my nemesis and I found it pretty tough.
At this point I was running a minute and a half and walking the same.
Here is week 2.
Week 3 involves running 2 x 1.5 minute runs and 2 x 3 minute runs. By this point I had really started to struggle running on the road as I found it quite hard to moderate my pace. The final day of week 3 I did at the gym.
I started week 4 a few days ago and have so far done 2 sessions. Both on the treadmill. I have got my pace about right and am finding it much better. This week is 2 x 3 minute runs and 2 x 5 minute runs.
I have started to continue running after the programme ends and have managed 3 x 5k runs which makes me pretty happy.
I’ve never liked running but I have enjoyed the structure that this programme gives me. I’m interested to see the progression in my fitness and I feel like this method will really help me.
I do find running outdoors more fun but really much tougher so for now I’ll stick to the treadmill.
I’ll update again in 4 weeks when hopefully I’ll be running continuously for 25 minutes….. Excuse me while I hyperventilate at the thought!
Well not doing much exciting really I’ll be honest. The week seems to have been a total blur.
Tuesday I decided to sort my fitness out again so joined Pure Gym
So far I’ve been very impressed. 24hr opening means I could go before work today and the amount of equipment is huge.
I also started couch to 5k and have done 2 runs so far! Now I truly hate running but it’s so good for you I want to crack it!
This Get running app is really good. I like the way it shows progress and also tells you when you are halfway through so you can turn round.
Forcing myself to run is much easier when the view looks like this….
Wednesday night we went out for a swanky dinner at West Beach
Lovely food but you do pay a bit for the view
Thursday and Friday were eaten up in a blur of work with a little trip to Salisbury for dinner.
Saturday was more work made brighter by these….
I also bought this amazing candle…. Rhubarb haters look away now!
We finished the day off with this ginormous salad
And some cava in these brilliantly retro glasses my mum rescued for me from my Grandad’s house…. Cheers!
So yeah, eating, drinking, running, stressing….busy week….
Have a bit of Game of Thrones for Sunday night!