On June 4th I embarked on a brand new fitness regime. I took my phone, and I ran with the first day of the Couch to 5K plan. This plan was expected to get me from unfit, to fine running 30 minutes in a row. And I did well. At first!
Its a 9 week plan. So if I stayed on track I would have finished it 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately though, I haven’t run for 4 weeks and I’m feeling it already.
Running, and my new fitness regime was helping me. Not only was I building up my metabolism, I lost 6lbs, which sounds like nothing but is something! And I was clearing my head from everything that was going on.
The first bump in the road was week 5, when I put off one of my planned runs. I went the next day, but I didn’t do as well as I wanted. Then I failed one of week 6’s days and felt rubbish. Nonetheless though, I kept going and completed week 7, which felt amazing! I was running 25 minutes none stop.
I never thought I’d manage 25 minutes non stop. Not after my first run and not before the first time I did it. It amazed me that I did it! Then I saw that week 8 was 28 minutes non stop. And that scared me. So I put it off.
Work stuff took over my life too. I was getting to work early, working through lunches, and then working at home once Spike had gone to bed.
Illness also because a factor when I managed to come on my period 2 weeks early. And it lasted 3 weeks. Drained and feeling crap, I didn’t want to run. I have always struggled with pains during my ‘time of the month’, but they hadn’t been that bad for years. I knew exercise would help, but I couldn’t bring myself to run.
And once a week goes by, it’s harder to get going again. The idea of going running fills me with dread because I know I’m gunna have to start from scratch again. My couch to 5k app progress sits incomplete, but I am cleaning the slate and going from the beginning again starting this week.
God knows when I’ll fit it in, but I’m determined. By the time this blog post goes live I should have run at least twice. I will be well into my first week of the couch to 5K programme and my fitness regime will be underway. Otherwise I’ll cry.
Also, this week I will be having to run to stop myself thinking about the fact I’m jumping out a plane in 4 days! If you’d like to sponsor me for that I would be very grateful, as would the lovely When You Wish Upon a Star, a fantastic children’s charity which my company is supporting this year. Visit the JustGiving page if you’d like the link to donate!