Mom to 5K Week 2 with Laura Crichton,

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.


       with Laura Crichton –

Fitness Guest Blogger

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.


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!

Half marathon
Laura proudly displaying her first half-marathon medal – it could be us, ladies!

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.

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Week 2 - 5K Training


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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  1. These are all great tips – I’ve tried jogging but I can never really get motivated to do it. I did a race for life a long time ago and felt like I was going to pass out at the finish line!! Keep going! Sarah #mg

    • Sinéad Reply

      I reckon I’ll be having that same feeling! Well done on finishing it though! Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  2. lovely tips 🙂 I did a few 5ks when I was younger, my 20s lol and I haven’t run for years now. I don’t overly enjoy it tbh. and you are right re feeling like you earned food/drink. my white wine love has never helped! #KCACOLS

    • Sinéad Reply

      I don’t enjoy it either, Emma, but I’m hoping my attitude will change a bit. Couldn’t imagine a life without wine, either. Gotta keep some of life’s little pleasures! Everything in moderation and all that! 😉

  3. Great tips and I agree, that driver will pay lol! I really miss working out and need to start up again as soon as the Dr’s give me the go ahead! #kcacols

  4. Sinéad Reply

    Ha. Thanks for reading, Tracey. In the meantime, enjoy having a good excuse, Tracey! 😉

    • Sinéad Reply

      Thanks for that, Kelly-Anne. I’m enjoying it more this week than last week so that’s a good sign!

  5. running is a great way to get fit. I went from total novice to running 10k’s a few years ago and enjoyed it – tbh it was a good and valid excuse to get out of the mad house and clear my mind. I stopped running after suregry a few years ago but have got back into it recently through park run. Park runs happen in lots of locations usually on saturday mornings – it’s a 5k and people do it at whatever pace they can manage. I had to walk – run – walk – run the first few times but now I can plod around, admittedly at a slow pace without having to walk. My son hates team sports but doing park run has been a good way for us to both get some exercise – we don’t run together – he’s much faster than me! #ablogginggoodtime

    • Sinéad Reply

      There’s a Parkrun very near me, Lynne so that’s the aim! My OH is much faster than me too! Good long legs on him. Lol. Good luck with your running! Sounds like you are killing it! Thanks for the encouragement and advice! 🙂

  6. I am loving your commitment and how you are progressing! The highs and lows are brilliant! Some good tips here, I am still trying to break that 5K barrier after a year of running. The advice about diet is good, that’s probably my problem that I can’t seem to cut down on the wine. Keep up the good work! I look forward to more updates.

    • Sinéad Reply

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Cheryl! We can break that barrier, can’t we?

  7. I was DEFINITELY going to go for a run today, but Doris put me off! Next Thursday…
    Thank for continually inspiring me at #coolmumclub xx

    • Sinéad Reply

      I think Doris is scuppering a lot of plans! Aw, cheers! I think Doris might drive us all to the wine these nights! 😉

  8. Ah what great tips for running! I used to run all of the time but haven’t in years now. I think measuring your accomplishments in different ways is a great point. #mg

  9. Hi Sinead, you’ve completed the hardest week! It’s that first step out of the door that is the hardest and it’s behind you now. Your positivity shines through in your post, which I think is great. Laura shares some great tips, mindset is important and setting realistic short-term goals is a fab one.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    • Sinéad Reply

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Debbie! I’m definitely not that positive at certain points throughout the week! Lol

  10. The good outweighed the bad so that’s definitely something! great tips from Laura too
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  11. Sinéad Reply

    Thanks Debbie! Yes, I agree. So far the pros are outweighing the cons so I’ll keep going! 🙂

  12. Go you! I have been for one run about a month ago, I felt amazing after but haven’t found the motivation to go since. I do want to get properly into it. Good luck with week 2 xx #mg

    • Sinéad Reply

      Thanks so much! That’s the thing isn’t it? Feels great at the time (or maybe just afterwards) but so hard to get up and go on the cold evenings…

  13. Well done. Starting can be hard and you’ve got over that hurdle. I used to find dragging myself out of bed in the morning very difficult and would often end up snoozing and saying I’d do my run later. I now basically haven’t done any running other than that which necessitates (eg, I’m late picking up the children etc) since the maraton I did over ten years ago. I’m as unfit as I’ve ever been (no I’ve never been as unfit), maybe I should follow along and see if I can boost my morale enough to get going again. Thanks so much for linking it to #kcacols and hope to see you there again next time.

    • Sinéad Reply

      You ran a MARATHON? Yeah, so I think that’s a get out of (running) jail free card that lasts over ten years! You’re good! But I would LOVE to see you joining in for the lolz too! Go on, go on! 😉

    • Sinéad Reply

      Winter is so hard! Spring is definitely easier, with the promise of a summer bod, eh! Haha…

  14. Oh I love this – such great advice! I did the couch to 5k but have not done running in years since. Thanks so much for linking up to #dreamteam hope to see you next time 🙂 x

    • Sinéad Reply

      Thanks Bridie! If you decide to go again, come and join us! 🙂

  15. Tips for running or for loosing weight? Helpful either way, getting hung up on the numbers is definitely not the way to go. #kcacols

    • Sinéad Reply

      Hah. Probably a bit of both. I’ll take either! 🙂

  16. Good on ya!! Week 1 is always the biggest
    Mental hurdle for me. I’ve down walk to run programs after having 2 of my 4
    Boys and it’s crazy how well they work!!! I’d like to start up again but I’m not there
    Mentally yet!!! Great tips too! Well rounded for supporting your goal all around. Thanks for sharing. #KCACOLS

  17. Amazing job! It’s great you have mentioned the lows of training. The reader’s could easily accept pain and see it as an expectation instead of discouraging them.

  18. Great tips! I’ve kind of doing couch to 5 k again. I say ‘ kind of’ because I should be on week 7 by now and am on week 3. But at least I’m still doing it! #mg

  19. These are amazing tips, Laura. Being a running coach, these are the same tips that I give to my clients & fellow aspiring runners. Most of them come and ask me how to start training for a 5k and most of the times, they’re looking for some instant tips that they can replicate. But the thing is, there is no such thing 🙂 All you need is to follow a proper training plan, start small & be consistent. Thanks a lot for sharing these tips 🙂

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