I have said before that if I have an idea I can do something it’s because I can. This has always been my approach to life. You would think that this would mean that I am highly successful and motivated.
So when I decided to run I thought I can run 5k. Don’t get me started on the half marathon farce. I started couch to 5k had two bad runs and gave up.
Oh I can do anything can I?
In my head I ran 3k which was good enough for me. So this time my end game is 21K which is so bloody far I cant truly focus on it.
So because I started couch to 5k last time I knew that I didn’t have to start from the very beginning. I could run 5minutes fine so I started from week 5.
Which was a perfect place to start. If you are a beginner please please start from the beginning.
All you need to start is
- Good running shoes ( go get fitted)
- A phone that you can down load the app onto
- The app
- A pocket you can zip away your phone
- Keys to get into your house
- Money in case you are desperate for a drink or a bus ride home!
That’s it. Nothing fancy. Oh ladies please get a sports bra!
Don’t beat yourself up
What I have learned from last time is that if you don’t make it. Just repeat it till you do!
I have stayed on week five for 3 weeks now. Monday I ran for 20 minutes straight and I was fine, I could have run further but I was so happy. Wednesday is was a 5minute, 8 minutes, 5minute run and I was a hot mess.
Yes it’s hot but that redness is not sunburn. I have SPF on, that redness is my heart pounding so fast! I was sweaty and my knees felt weak!
Heart rate was 151!
Did I feel good after, yes after my shower. It put a little doubt in my head. But I will push on to week six day 2. I have too. You have to. Pushing yourself is part of it.
If I don’t complete my next run I will just go back to the start of the week until I can complete it.
The NHS app is great. I love Laura, her voice is soothing and encouraging! She is getting me through it even if I do swear at her when I think I only have a minute to go and she tells me I am half way through. Sorry Laura.
Now I am in a good place.
I am visualising completing the 5k and moving onto the 10K. I am visualing my training up to run the 21K. It will be a great accomplishment for me.