Couch to 5k – Week Something of my RaceforLife training:
As a reluctant runner it is wholly possible that I was easily diverted. Judge for yourself, gentle reader.
I woke up one morning a few weeks ago with a sore throat. I thought nothing of it, till later on that date I got a pounding headache and a fever. And started to cough. It wasn’t a ‘running day’ – Couch to 5k has me running for three days a week and resting in between. I was optimistic that I’d wake up the next morning feeling better. But I didn’t.
I’m a complete novice. I really wasn’t sure what to do. I could have tried running. Instead I decided to take an extra day out and ask around. Apparently, you should stop running if you have a chesty cough until you are better. And, I get very mild asthma, which only kicks in when I DO have a cough, but which is then a little debilitating. So, in the end a day or two ended up being a week or three.
This is the view from my bedroom window – out onto the local park. It’s a great incentive – every time I look outdoors I know I need to get out there and run. It’s still taken me a while to do it though!
This week though, I’ve been back training again. I took a couple of steps back for the first two runs and repeated the week 4 programme of warm-up and then running for 3 and 5 minute periods with walks in-between. And, you know what, it wasn’t too bad. So I’ve moved on and started week 5. Tomorrow I get to run for 8 consecutive minutes twice. It may sound like nothing if you are a regular runner, but for me, someone who struggled with running for just 90 seconds, it’s amazing.
I’d love to say I feel more energised, but if I’m honest I find it quite tiring. But, I’m definitely toning up a bit and I hope I’ll lose a bit more weight. And, I definitely have a slightly smug feeling that I’m doing it all for a good cause.
As some of you may already know, I’m training for RaceforLife, the Cancer Research women only runs that happen all through the summer. I’m only running 5k, but for me that’s further than I’ve ever run in my life. Of course, I’m getting a lot out of doing it because it’s a great way to keep motivated. I’d probably have given up without the run as a goal, but knowing that I have to turn up on the 19th July to Hyde Park and actually run in public has pushed me back out there.
Heck, I even ran in the rain!
More seriously I’m also doing it because I want to support Cancer Research. Too many of my friends and family have been affected by Cancer – and this is my small way of trying to help those looking for a cure.
Now, if you’d like to show your support, there are two easy ways to do it.
There are plenty of events still open for entries – and you have plenty of time to train if, like me, you need to get a bit fitter. Mine is on 19th July – which means there is STILL 11 weeks left – and the couch to 5k app aims to get you able to run 5k in 9 weeks. So, why not join in the fun? There are events all across the UK too, not just in London. Check RaceforLife to find your nearest.
You could sponsor me if you are the wrong gender (this is women only – I didn’t fancy being in the midst of a whole load of sweaty men!) or you really don’t want to run yourself. My Just Giving page for #RaceforLife is Here