Up and Running in Week 2
Week 1 is done of Mom to 5K is done, people. Well done, guys! And it wasn’t so bad was it? For me, the very first day was the hardest. It was cold. It was raining. It was MORNING. I’m not a morning person but I wanted to start on Monday and between the buck’s footie training and Mr C’s work commitments, hitting the roads on Monday morning at 8am was my only option. I never thought I’d see the day! Usually on a Monday Morning, the school run is about four times as much physical activity as I have energy for. All in all, my Couch to 5K outings this week were fine. Dare I say good, even?
Week 1 Highs:
- Felt like a serious runner-type due to being out in my reflective vest before breakfast. Also felt a little smug and very proud of myself.
- Said smugness and pride prevented me from ravaging the Valentines choccies like a foraging bear for the duration of the week. Don’t get me wrong; I ate them alright but in moderation.
- The runs got progressively easier as the week went on and I was less out of puff by Friday.
- Didn’t feel sore or achy after my runs so obviously the stretching I’m doing is sufficient.
- Was less inclined to inwardly swear at the app lady by Friday.
- Am now only seven weeks away from running 5k without stopping. Hurrah!
Week 1 Lows:
- The tight, black, spandex running pants make my legs look a bit like two black puddings.
- Got properly splashed by a moron in a Rav 4. He will pay in the next life. I’m sure of it.
- Got a headache on Friday which lasted a couple of hours after finishing and I’m pretty sure it was down to not being hydrated enough so I’m going to make a conscious effort to drink at least 2 litres of water a day this week.
ADVICE AND TIPS FOR NEW RUNNERS
with Laura Crichton – edinburghwithkids.com
This week I’ve drafted in fellow blogger, running enthusiast and Scottish mother of three, Laura Crichton, to give us a little pep talk and some helpful advice for beginners. She has been there. She has gone the distance. Literally. She has been that busy, working mum who wanted to make a change and take control of her fitness, health and weight and she succeeded. She started just like we did and now she is comfortably running half-marathons and ENJOYING them! I know, right? She gets how hard it is to stay on track while juggling family and working life. She understands how easy it is to come up with plethora of excuses to fall off the running wagon but she’s here to remind us that the end goal is achievable.
LAURA’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
On Starting Small…
After having my first child, I joined a ‘Buggy Fitness’ challenge and slowly worked my way up to completing my local Parkrun 5K with my buggy each week. From there, I set about increasing my distance and eventually completed two half marathons before falling pregnant with my second.
Whilst I can’t pretend that I’ve ever run particularly quickly (or with a lot of grace), I can say it is 100% possible for a beginner to achieve these distances! I think getting to this point has a lot to do with having the right mindset to begin with and not getting disheartened along there way. I believe there’s a lot that you can do to set yourself up for success:
1. Choose the Right Running Shoes
Lots of beginners pick up injuries and stop running as a result. Often injuries could’ve been easily prevented with a decent pair of shoes. Running shops are actually really friendly places and a decent one will do a full ‘gait analysis’. This looks at how your foot lands and your running stride. They will then tell you what type of shoes you need – which in turn helps prevent against sore knees, dodgy ankles and sore lower backs!
2. Have the Right Mindset
In my post, detailing how I lost 14lbs in 10 weeks – I explained the importance of adopting the right mindset. It’s really important to push any self-doubt aside and focus on the fact that your goals are achievable. Think about WHY you want to keep fit. Personally, I like to look good (who doesn’t?!) but I also want to be a good role model to my kids and exercise is one way of doing this.
3. Break Down Your Goals
Realistically, very few people would be able to train for a half marathon in a few weeks. I ran my first almost a full year after starting Buggy Fit classes. If I only had this single goal in mind, I think it’s very unlikely I would’ve succeeded.
Break goals down into manageable chunks and REWARD yourself when you achieve them. For example, identify the midpoint of the 5K challenge and decide on a reward for getting there. Maybe a new pair of running tights or a water bottle?
4. Compliment your activity with the right food
Don’t undo all the incredible work you’re doing with bad nutrition. It is 100% possible to complete the 5K challenge and not lose a single pound if you share my love of red wine. I was incredibly frustrated that I wasn’t losing anything initially but I hadn’t really looked at my diet. It’s very tempting to think that you’ve ‘earned’ lots of cake but if weight loss is one of your goals – I would give it a miss.
5. Measure Your Progress in Different Ways
Don’t get too hung up on numbers. I have stayed the same weight for the last three months – but I am 8cm smaller round the waist. There are so many different ways to measure progress that you really shouldn’t focus too much on one particular one. It’s far better to focus on how you feel about yourself. Has running become easier? Has your breathing become more steady? Some things simply cannot be quantified and they’re generally the things that count for more!
Laura’s blog, Edinburgh Life – With Kids, is definitely worth checking out. It’s colourful, fresh, fun and honest and she blogs about all sorts; parenting, food, art/design, fashion and fitness. You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.
SO WEEK 2, LET’S BE HAVING YOU!
Week 2 is still nice and gentle. Nothing to panic about. We may sweat a little but we’ve got this. How was week 1 for you guys? Do you have any tips or motivational advice you’d like to add to Laura’s? Please feel free to share in the comments below. Happy running!
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