How it is going…

Running is a lot more difficult than I expected. I’ve never done running as a thing since we were at school and made to run track and do cross country which I used to complete but be at the back of the group. That ended in 1995 so was quite a while ago now. Many friends say how easy it is when they just choose to do it and wow, they manage it – they say they felt a bit tired but no big thing and to me even running the 3 minutes at the moment of the programme I am struggling.

I started the couch to 5K programme at the start of April with Michelle. It says within 6 to 8 weeks you’ll be able to run 5K and I think it lies big time. I started outside, running by the Tees Barrage and around the Stockton area, there are lots of other people running there and got some tips on how to do cool down stretches after my training and some helpful encouragements. I found it exhausting and only completed a few of the runs outside, I had a gym membership I never used so tried it there and running inside on a treadmill was a lot easier – this does not seem to help with outside running though.

Stockton - Infinity Bridge

I can do the week 3 programme on a treadmill but struggle with the earlier weeks outside so modified my training to do the 3 runs per week inside and one extra on a weekend outside. When meeting with Michelle, its outside all the way – she has a park within about 5 to 6 minutes walk away from her home thats got a nice path around a big green area with lots of trees so its nice to look at while running. I tend to have music on to run too, with the C25K app running in the background.

We are trying to raise some cash for Dementia awareness, it seems that both of our families relatives and many friends relatives are dealing with this issue and we are aiming to get over £500 between us to try and help the charity. We are up to around £260 so far but I think most of that came from Michelle bugging people to sponsor us so I’d hope a few of you would sponsor us too:

I’ve needed to get fitter for a long time and think this is helping. I’ve now a regular routine of gym time with some rowing to start, running and some work on the machines and body weight exercises. I swim twice a week and while university is on (this is the last week) – I do trampolining twice a week too. I’ve been able to do more every other week than I did the weeks before but still struggle massively in the running department.

Very orange people out running

Various times out running over April and May

The 5K is the length of the course we are doing so we will get breaks to do the obstacles and kinda get rest periods so the interval training of the C25K programme probably will help with that. I’m not sure I’ll be finished the programme in the 5 weeks remaining before the run but will continue trying to do my best and will have a little more time from start of June with University over for another year. Its been difficulty working full time, studying part time and trying to get fitter alongside the normal craziness of life but we must all push on to better ourselves and to grow so its a journey I am taking 🙂

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Hey, so I thought I would update this a bit and share what has been happening at my end recently.
So i’ve now been running since the end of March with the C25K App called C25K -5K Running Trainer, in all honesty its been really hard, when I first started it, it was torture and I had to stop midway through the 30 minute plan, now my body seems to be slightly more used to running and I can normally manage to complete the plan, however I keep rehashing the first week of it as I cannot do more than a minute of running at a time, this is starting to worry me as in my current state I cant see myself being able to do gung ho 5k properly.
I have been thinking a few thoughts on this the last few days with the idea of gyms, running buddies and personal trainers going through my mind, having looked at prices for personal trainers its safe to say that idea is out of the window, so that leaves the gym and running buddies, now with me working 4 nights a week, some weeks this just isnt going to happen regularly, also I wouldnt have a clue what to do at the gym. Ive looked at Parkrun – Newcastle also, but they meet at 9am on a Saturday morning, impossible time for me regardless of the week, so at the moment its just me on my own trying to push myself to keep going and get fitter, its really hard when your by yourself and your not accountable to anybody else, realising that if you quit then your only letting yourself down.
On the plus side I can see a difference in my size since I started and have now dropped a dress size as well as a stone and maybe more than that in weight, so that is encouraging, I have just got to continue eating healthy and exercising as often as I can, then hopefully I should be on the way to loosing more weight and toning up.
As a present to myself, with my birthday cash I recently bought a fitbit, its been really helpful for me to push myself with how many steps I do in a day, because I have a really physical job Im finding that I can really notch up the steps and a bit of friendly competition between JC and myself is always useful, I can normally notch up at least 12-15k steps per day, more if we go out somewhere that we wouldnt normally go to.
So it is now nearly the end of April, that means that in essence, I have two full months to get to a better fitness level than I am currently at, will I do it? Time will tell…

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