My fitness journey – couch to 5k

couch-to-5k-programme-my-fitness-journeyBack in February I spoke about how I was trying to hit my Fitbit goal to help improve my fitness. I made it. I did a whole month hitting my steps, and hitting my ‘active minutes’. Then went back to doing nothing. A few months went on and again, I realised that something needed doing. I knew that just hitting my goals wasn’t enough. They weren’t high enough. So I decided to tackle the Couch to 5K running programme.

If you haven’t heard of Couch to 5k, its a training programme that helps you start running. The idea is that a complete beginner can start and slowly graduate towards 5k in an easy enough way. The programme takes 9 weeks and lasts around 20 minutes each time. The NHS took the programme from a range of fitness apps and promoted it as a way to introduce people to running. I am unfit enough that I honestly didn’t believe I could run any amount before I started, which is why I chose the programme!

I decided it was time to get fit because of Spike. Knowing that fitness was a struggle, I didn’t think just walking was working for me. I actually walk a lot on a weekend so I wasn’t pushing myself. Now though, running really makes me feel like Im achieving something. I feel like I am actually doing something good for my body, no matter how much it hurts sometimes the next day.

The programme works by building you up gradually. The idea is that you run 3 times a week for 9 weeks. The first week’s made up of a 5 minute warm up followed by 1 minute of running and 90 seconds of walking on repeat, with a 5 minute cool down walk. Week 2 is the same warm up and cool down, with a 90 second run and a 2 minute walk on rotation. Week 3 is a bit harder with a 5 minute warm up walk, then 2 rotations of 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes running, 3 minutes walking.

That’s as far as I have gone so far but I believe it steps it up a fair bit next week. I am looking forward to it though, as on my week 3 day 3 run, I could see an improvement. I was fine after my two 90 second runs. My breath was taken from me, but I recovered a lot faster. I felt good and even though I thought I was gunna collapse before I went out, I felt amazing when I got back!

I’m a third of the way through this programme and I am really hoping I can stick with it. One of the things that will put me off is looking at what it wants me to start doing later. This is why I’m not going into more details on here yet.  If you are interested in the programme and want to know, check out the week by week guide here.

I am keeping an eye on my weight too. It was a little higher than I expected the day after I started running, and so far I’ve lost 6lbs. I’ve swapped out my sandwiches for salads at work too. I want to get a bit healthier and fitter. I’m talking about tough mudder style challenges next so maybe, just maybe, I’ve found my fitness once and for all. Keep your fingers crossed for me!