OK. So I’m doing it. For realsies this time. I’ve jumped on and off this bandwagon more times than Beyonce has posed for a ridiculous pregnancy photo. And despite my many attempts, I’ve never really finished the full eight week Couch-to-5K programme. Well, not properly anyway. I’ve been talking about it since I wrote one of my very first blog posts,
so it’s high time really.
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A FITNESS BLOGGER
I repeat, I am not a fitness blogger. I am not a fitness lover. I am not fit. I don’t generally enjoy exercise. I do enjoy food and relaxation and my couch. And wine and giant bars of Fruit & Nut. I am a mother of three, edging closer to forty by the minute and panicking a little about the state of my health and my worrying midsection (which makes me prone to death by all sorts of nastiness, if the health articles and Dr Eva are to be believed).
EXCUSES ARE MY FORTE
When you’re in the baby zone, it’s easy to put health and fitness on hold. Instead you busy yourself patting your own back for growing another human, forsaking alcohol and paté for nine months and surviving on 50 minutes’ sleep a night with a newborn. It’s easy to allow tiredness and an already lengthy list of multitasking activities to become the perfect excuse for not getting off your behind. But once you close the doors on the baby-growing business and you know your body is your own again, you’re faced head-on with the obstinate flab and wobbly flesh that now seems to be a permanent part of your make-up and you know it’s time to make a change.
MAKING THAT CHANGE
Warning: This is not a post for the fit and healthy among you. It’s for those of you who want to make that change and be a little more proactive about your health and fitness at a comfortable pace. If you are a gym buff with defined abs and a perky ass who can run a half-marathon without getting chest pain and sweating like Gordon Ramsey then move swiftly and smugly along to the gym, won’t you? I may even join you there at some point. I know I might never really compare but in eight weeks’ time, there’s less chance that I’ll be laughed out of the place by the hot young things in spandex.
GET ON BOARD!
So, this is what’s happening, people. I’m doing it. I am completing the couch to 5K over the next eight weeks which means that at some point in early April 2017, I will run five whole kilometers without stopping. And I am inviting you guys to join me. If you haven’t done it before, now’s your chance. Maybe you’ve tried before but not kept it up and would like to start again? Then why not now! If I can do it, then you can too and now that I’ve declared my commitment on here, I kind of have to, don’t I? Don’t make me do it alone!
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
1) A couch to 5K app. There are lots of apps in the app stores. I use C25K by Zenlabs. It’s free and the soft tones of the very nice lady will tell you when to warm-up, walk, run and cool-down. And she doesn’t sound at all smug.
2) Running shoes, a decent sports bra and if you plan on running in the dark, something reflective.
3) Three half hour slots per week.
4) The belief that you can do it. The programme definitely works. It has been tried and tested by millions and it’s designed specifically for the likes of us so want to build up our strength and stamina slowly.
THE PROGRAMME – WEEK 1
Week 1 is nice and easy. We’ll begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. Then we’ll walk for 5 minutes to cool down. We’ll do this three times. Sounds doable, right? Of course it does! We’ve got this!
SO, WHO’S IN?
Let me know in the comments below if you fancy joining in! Along with details of my personal ‘journey’ (which may or may not be full of cheery motivation) you’ll receive tips and advice for the week ahead and I’ve even enlisted other fitness folk who know their sporty shizzle to share their know-how and experience as we go along, so that we stay safe, motivated and on track.
Pumped? Psyched? OK. I’ll stop. And I promise not to use the word ‘pumped’ again. Who’s with me? Pop your name in the box below to get the weekly posts directly into your inbox and like the Facebook page for reminders and discussion. On your marks…
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