So I’ve decided to start a brand new blog which focuses on my new found hobby (I think I can now actually call it that), running. First and foremost it might be useful to mention that I did not enjoy running at school.
In fact, I did not run – cross country was an excuse to light up a fag in the forest with my friends. You get the picture.
I am not a fitness fanatic at all. I used to partake in light exercise at the gym when I was 17 and then again when I was 19 in Uni – mainly cardio – no strength or core work. Then me and my fiance invested in a stationary exercise bike a few years ago, did that regularly for a bit and played badminton in the summer yada yada..
I’ve always wanted to run and envied effortless seasoned runners but never had the confidence/self-belief to really try. Until my friend, Harriet told me about the C25K podcast and how it changed her exercise life and here I am, going on and on about the enjoyment and hindrances of the big R.
It’s quite funny actually because I’ve been meaning to start this blog for a while and today, I am feeling quite defeated by the dreaded pavement that
thinking about my trainers actually makes me feel tired Zzz… Snap out of it! STAY MOTIVATED.
Okay, so I am now on Week 6 – I completed day 1 today but it might be best if I provide a brief (I’m so rubbish at being brief) summary of the weeks that went before.
Note to reader: runs tend to start with a brisk 5 minute warm up walk and end with a 5 minute cool down walk. My walking isn’t exactly brisk, but then again my legs are short and not gazelle-like in the least.
No more excuses and self-pitying behaviour.
Started C25K: 28th May 2015
WEEK 1 aka ‘EASY?’ (‘alternate 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking’)
28-30/05/15 Before I started the C25K podcasts, I went for a ‘free run’ – well that’s one word for it. I sprinted up the road and soon felt exhausted and my throat was BURNING. It was really quite pathetic. It was then that I actually downloaded the C25K App and gave it a try.
Back to week 1… Totally manageable and enjoyable for novice runners like myself. It made me feel as though I could actually stick to the programme and I liked being told when to run/walk. I got a little too into it as I ran for about 4 days straight that week without any rest breaks (TRY TO TAKE REST DAYS!)
WEEK 2 aka ‘How hard can it be?’ (‘alternate 90 seconds running with 2 minutes walking’) 01-04/06/15 Again, very do-able. This time, I did take some rest days. However, I accidentally ended up on Week 5, run 3 (straight 20 minute run) which buggered me up a bit as I had zero stamina at this point. Could not do it at all, and so has to re-do day 3 of week 2.
WEEK 3 aka I CAN DO IT! (‘alternate 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking and 3 minutes of running’) 07-11/06/15 I was a bit worried about the 3 minutes of running at first (as mentioned by ‘Laura’ – podcast trainer/voice) but soon realised that it was a natural transition from previous weeks. This was a good week and I made sure I had rest days between runs as advised by ‘Laura’ – my new best friend, NOT!
WEEK 4 aka I CAN’T RUN ANY MORE/
FAIL WEEK! (‘alternate 3 minutes running, 5 minutes of running with walks in between’) 12-19/06/15 I found this week quite a challenge. I managed the first two runs but by run three, I noticed that I was experiencing a lot of pain in the backs and all around my ankles. I had to stop a run half way and hobble home like some sort of invalid. I then attempted to run on the grass of my parents’ garden – I did a few laps and then gave up. From there, I had a few days off to rest my poor ankles and bought some new running shoes to cheer myself up. I noticed that on my next run, my new running shoes had paid off and the ‘bounciness’ and support of the heels improved my performance.
From having a few days off, I felt quite guilty and worried that I wouldn’t get motivated again but thankfully, I wasn’t deterred that easily. WEEK 5 aka I CAN’T DO THE 20 MINUTE STRAIGHT/ BLOOD STAINED TRAINERS!! (‘alternate runs – 5 mins mixed with walking, 8 minutes mixed with walking and then a dreaded 20 minute straight’) 21-24/06/15 I’m not going to lie, I was UTTERLY DAUNTED by the prospect of week 5. But surprisingly, the first two runs were fine. Running for 8 minutes did feel challenging but once I’d paced myself and worked on calm breathing, I managed fine. I’ve actually been really naughty this week as I haven’t taken any running rest days because I’ve been so keen to get onto week 6. However, I was not able to complete the third run of week 5 in one hit. I had to stop halfway so ended up doing 2 lots of 10 minute runs. As week 6+ cranks up the endurance quite a bit, I will need to return to Week 5 day 3 (‘dreaded 20 minutes’) to make sure that I can hack the other weeks. WEEK 6 aka CAN I DO IT? (‘alternate 5 and 8 minute runs,10 minute runs mixed with walking and a 25 minute straight run’) 25/06/15 – ? Day 1 – Not too bad but my feet are starting to ache and I have a little pool of blood on the back of my trainer because the plaster on the back of my foot keeps falling off. I wonder if my road will have a trail of bloody plasters by the time I get to week 9. This could be the aftermath of attempting the 20 minute straight run without having a rest day before. I was very S-L-O-O-O-W-W-W today so might take a rest day before re-trying week 5 day 3.
WAH! So that’s Weeks 1-5 of C25K in a nutshell – for me any way! I will write another blog in due course 🙂 Thanks for reading and I would LOVE to hear how your runs are going as I’m constantly looking out for running insp or runspo?? xox