Couch to 5km
Those of you that know me will do that simply I don’t do exercise! I can literally tell you that the last time I did exercise was in October 2012, and that is no word of a lie. I don’t really enjoy it, I’d much rather be sat on the sofa, with some chocolate (or cheese savouries) and a cup of coffee while watching TV, or these days blogging.
The only problem is that I have noticed my weight creeping up and up and up over the last few years – really since I started living with Chris! It’s not really his fault, more of the life style. Before we lived together I used to work in a very active job (psychiatric intensive care unit), and worked 12.5 hour shifts, so by the time I got home I was too knackered to cook anything proper so just used to eat a yoghurt and some toast, if that. Where as now, I spend most my day sat down at work, we have a bakery 30 seconds walk from our office, and I eat evening meals every day. So this is probably the real reason why I’ve put on nearly 2 stone in the last 4 years (wow, just realised that on Thursday it will be exactly 4 years since we moved in together)
I’d say that once we set a date for our wedding that encouraged me to diet and eat more healthily. And that worked, to some extent. However now that the wedding is nearly a year ago I have nothing to aim for. And so the weight has creeped up again. Just after Christmas I weighed my heaviest by a long way, and that really depressed me. I’m not good at eating well all the time, I like my crap junk food too much. But have managed to lose about 6lbs or so in the past couple of months.
Chris is constantly nagging me to do some exercise of sorts, but I always find an excuse. I let slip to him last week when driving home that I had downloaded the NHS Couch to 5km app on my phone as I would like to do running, but with my dodgy knees and feet that roll inwards I decided I couldn’t. So Chris dragged me over to Sweat Shop in Reading last Friday and they put me on their machines to see what shoes would be best for me, and that would fit my orthotics. We found my shoes cheaper elsewhere online so bought them there, and they were delivered on Friday afternoon at work. My lovely Nike Pegasus 30 in a 7.5 so they fit my orthotics in OK. Now I had £75 shoes there was no way I could get out of running now!
Chris had agreed to go running with me, as there was more chance of me actually doing it (and not stopping half way round) if there was someone else running with me. We had planned on doing it on Saturday, but Chris ended up going to watch Wycombe Wanderers play football with Rich, and then went to the pub, and we also had to do some food shopping, so that was running on Saturday out the window. Today I really couldn’t be bothered with running, I was in a sofa mood…but ended up doing a lot of other things instead. But at 4pm Chris made me get changed and we went out for our first run.
The app is quite good and it talks you through it all. You start off with a 5 minute warm up walk, and then alternate between 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of brisk walking for about 20 minutes, and then finishing with a 5 minute warm down walk (this is week 1, which you have to do 3 runs in the first week). Turns out Lane End (our village) is just surrounded by hills!!
It also turns out that if you lock your phone while the app is running the time literally goes a lot slower. For the first run we must have been running for at least 2 minutes and when I unlocked my phone is still said we had another 30 seconds to go. On the next 60 second run we were running downhill, so this meant that I didn’t feel like I was dying as it was slightly easier, however after quite a while of running I unlocked my phone and it said I still had 30 seconds to run. After this I just kept my phone unlocked and it all seemed a lot more manageable after that!!
I can now say that I have successfully completed the first session of the Couch to 5km, just another 80 runs to go over the next 9 weeks before I’ve completed it. I’ll keep you posted with how I got, and hopefully I won’t feel like I’m dying each time I run, like I did today!! Wish me luck!