New Year, New Start, New C25K

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a good time over the festive period and that you gave 2015 a good send off last night.

For me, 2015 was a year of ups and downs.ย This time last year I was training for my first marathon and half-marathon and spent new year’s morning on a very very long run – 24K if I remember correctly.

Today though, it was a different story. The Brighton Marathon left me with a niggling injury which just wouldn’t calm down, resulting in a very patchy summer and autumn of starting, restarting and generally getting not very far with C25K.

As a result, I’m kicking off 2016 right back at the beginning again, with yet another attempt at Couch to 5K.

I have to to be honest, it wasn’t easy getting out the door this morning. Not that I over indulged on Hogmanay or anything. A couple of cans of Fosters and a slightly too large whisky to see in the New Year is nothing by my old standards, but it did mean that I overslept and had a slightly wooly head when I eventually peeled myself from my pit this morning.

Still, fortunately my brain was in no state to over think it (or think at all for that matter), so after a large glass of water and a couple of paracetamol, I headed out to Hove Rec for Week 1 Day 1 of Couch to 5K.

The weather was surprisingly mild and not at all windy, which made it much more pleasant than I had expected, and the run wasn’t too bad either. I took it nice and easy, remembering to smile and say ‘Happy New Year’ to the dog walkers, runners and people who were just out enjoying an early morning stroll. New Years morning really is my favourite day for running in that respect.

In the end, I completed just under 2.5K in about 20 minutes, including a bit of an extra run for the final walking segment to get me back to the railway bridge, and I have to say, it felt brilliant!

With two more days until I have to go back to work, my plan is to get Week 1 out of the way this weekend, and then follow the program with one midweek run and two at the weekend until I’m back up to 5K again – we’ll see though. Either way, it’s great to be back!

How’s your training going? Are you starting or restarting Couch to 5K this year? What are your running goals for 2016? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

10 thoughts on “New Year, New Start, New C25K”

  1. Happy New Year! Which Couch to 5K programme do you follow? Or do you make up your own? A good start to 2016 for you. We would have done the new year parkrun this morning but York racecourse is a little bit of a lake at the moment and I didn’t want to get up earlier to be able to run at another one.

    Take it slow and we’ll both get back on track with this running and blogging lark ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Fiona. It’s the free NHS once, but I do adapt it a little bit sometimes. That’s a shame about park run, but no point in getting up too early on New Years Day. Hopefully the flood waters will subside soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m sure we’ll both be back on track soon – as you say, slow and steady. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Happy New Year Kirstin!! So glad you were able to ‘get back at it’ today ๐Ÿ™‚ I found the key is to give myself permission to take it easy and not worry about pace – that will come. I’m getting in a run today too…what a great way to start the new year!!

    1. Happy New Year to you too Sharon! Running is definitely the best way to start the New Year.
      You’re right about giving yourself permission to take it easy – with no races until August, I’m in no hurry and plan on just enjoying each run for what it is.
      I hope you have/ had a good run today too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Well done on getting back out there and starting again – not easy but definitely the right way to kick off the year! I was lucky enough to start New Year’s day with 2 parkruns – definitely made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

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