My Couch 2 5K journey | Week One

Last week, a friend of mine asked me to get involved in a virtual race. Now, I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of a virtual race before. Have you? It will be a 5k park run, which is around 3.1 miles {God, help me!}; and achieving this will be a huge undertaking, for me personally. My friend, on the other hand, is a seasoned marathon madman! And could no doubt, do 5k in his sleep. But nevertheless, I am not one to bow down from a challenge, so I said yes. And in the spirit of being honest, I did place “I cannot believe I am saying this…” before telling him “Let’s do it!”. 

Exercising, in general, is something I personally find hard to mentally prepare myself for. I’m sure a good portion of us can relate to that. I usually have no trouble thinking that it’s all a good idea {at the time} and then die mid-way through, finally giving up altogether. Then it’s repeated again & again….and again. 

You may remember, last month I shared my 4-week ‘no gym’ Fitness plan and that worked quite well for me. I did it all from home because there wasn’t a chance in hell that I would run or exercise outside. There are just far too many wobbly bits and the chance of frightening people would be high. So I thought it best to stay indoors.

However, back to this virtual race malarky. I agreed and last Monday saw me start my Couch to 5k journey. I’ll not lie, on day one I actually thought I may die. It’s surprising how long 60 seconds actually lasts for when you’re asked to run it. But nevertheless, I have been doing it and that is something that I am very proud of myself for. 

Running

In my 6 days of running {I’ve have had 2 leg rest days} – these are so needed if you have just started the Couch to 5k, yourself! And since starting my couch to 5k journey, I have noticed a few changes in myself too {in one week!};

  • My lower legs are changing shape. A really superficial thing, I know! But, as a woman who has always had proper chunky monkey, tree-like looking legs – this is exciting for me. 
  • I am not feeling like I want to die after my first running repetition {which is 90secs} – that feeling makes itself known during rep#5! 
  • On day three my times were 1.4 miles in 23mins. By day six I was running/walking 1.4 miles in 19mins. So my times are getting better – I just need to keep that up. 

So, all in all, my first week has gone from strength to strength. I am enjoying the daily run, as well as getting my Husband and kids involved, too. I also feel guilty if I haven’t gone for a run, which is a feeling I never thought I would feel. But, so far, I am enjoying it. I have until September 1st to work my way up to being able to run 5k.

 

At this stage, even though I am shocked how much progress I’ve seen in one week, I can see me maybe {and I use that word loosely} being able to run this 5k park run! Just maybe! The app I use for my C25K is available on Google play – I am an android user, but I have no doubt it can be found over on iOS devices, too. I also use Runkeeper to track my distance and calories lost. The virtual race I am doing is also called Top Run 2018 – in case you were wondering. 

Now, to crack on with Week 3, Day 1 tomorrow! This week’s #C25k is going to hurt, but bring it on!   

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