Archive | April 2017

Couch to 5K

It’s Day 3 of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, and the letter of the day is ‘C’. As a runner who started with the Couch to 5K programme, that seems like as good a topic as any for today.

If you’re reading this and you’re not a runner, you’re probably wondering what on earth Couch to 5K is.

Well, it’s not about making money while sitting on the couch; it’s a programme that enables just about anyone to transform themselves from a couch potato to a 5K runner in only nine weeks…

OK, in reality it takes a bit more than 9 weeks for most, but it is amazing how quickly and easily your body adapts once you get going.

5 Reasons to Start Running with Couch to 5K:

1. It’s free
Seriously. You don’t have to pay a penny. All you need is a pair of trainers, some light comfortable clothing to exercise in, and somewhere to run. There’s even an app that talks you through every workout, and that’s free too!

2. Each session only lasts 30 minutes
I know, I couldn’t run for 30 seconds never mind 30 minutes when I started, but that’s ok because you don’t actually run for a full 30 minutes until the end of the program. To start with you only run for short intervals at a time, with walk breaks in between to recover.

3. You get to rest for 4 days out of 7
Rest and recovery is really important when doing any exercise, so you don’t need to worry about over-doing it. Plus, if 3 days a week is too much for you or you can’t fit it in, you can always run 2 days and it won’t do any harm. As long as you train consistently and do all of the sessions, you will be fine.

4. It’s ok to repeat a session
If you are struggling or have to take a break for any reason, it’s fine to repeat a session or even a a whole week until you feel ready to move on to the next one. This is about your programme so you can adapt it to suit you and your lifestyle.

5. You will feel amazing
Maybe not at first (ok, the first few sessions will be tough if you’re not very active already), but after the first week you will start to notice a difference in your fitness and surprise yourself at how much longer you can run for in such a short space of time.

So, if you’re thinking of running or looking for a way to get fitter and more active. Check out Couch to 5K. You can click here for the NHS version, or just Google C25K and you’ll find similar programmes around the internet.

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Bling

It’s the second day of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge and today’s post is all about Bling!

When it comes to running, surely everything is about bling, right? Well, at one time that might have been the case. As a new runner, I was a real magpie when it came to race medals, but these days I can take it or leave it… unless, of course, it’s a particularly special piece of bling or I’m taking part in a particularly challenging race.

In terms of the bling that I have earned over the years, these are some of my favourites.

My Top 5 Race Medals:

London to Brighton 100K (2014)

L2B Medal

 

South Coast Challenge 54K (2016)

 

Winter Is Coming 5K (2016)

 

Extra Mile (2016)

 

Brighton Marathon (2015)

Brighton Marathon 2015 Medal

Do you run for bling, fitness or fun? Please Share your thoughts in the comments.

Activity

I’ve decided to revamp my blog by taking part in this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge. Ok, so I’m a day late, but there’s no letter for Sunday, so I guess I can do yesterday’s post today instead. So here goes…

A is for Activity

Yes, I know, I haven’t been very active with the old blog for a while. My last challenge was a bit too… well, challenging I suppose. But that’s ok. Although I haven’t been doing much running lately, I have been using the exercise bike and doing some intervals on the old treadmill, so I have been active at least.

In saying that, I haven’t been quite as active as I could be. In fact, I’ve been pretty damn lazy. So, I’ve decided to set myself some goals to become a bit more active – not Lands End to John O’ Groats active, but more active than I am at the moment, so it’s all good.

5 Activity Goals:

  1. Run or run/walk for 30 minutes at least once a week
  2. Use the exercise bike for 30 minutes at least twice a week
  3. Get off the train a stop earlier at least once a week for a 25 minute walk home
  4. Take a 1 hour walk every Sunday
  5. Spend half an hour working in the garden at least twice a week

Well, it’s a start and hopefully a more achievable challenge to make sure I keep active.

How active are you? What small steps can you take each week to increase your activity levels? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

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