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I recently shared the start of my Couch to 5k journey, and I wanted to write regular updates as I go along, to keep myself motivated and help others know what to expect from the app as it can be a little daunting starting something new. I am currently at the end of week four, and have come on quite a bit from my initial runs in week one.
Week two saw me going up to runs of 90 seconds. This was fairly simple but I didn’t overly enjoy the route I had been taking as I felt dog walkers were giving me odd looks when I kept stopping and starting. I also felt a little unsafe, so decided to change up my route in future.
Week three added in runs of 3 minutes. I found I really enjoyed these runs as they are around the length of a song and felt like I was pushing myself without wearing myself out too much. Sarah Millican also mentioned a useful tip of thinking of a hedge alongside where you run, and anybody watching your head moving shouldn’t be able to tell whether you are running or walking – basically encouraging you not to bounce too much whilst you run. As a bouncy runner, I found this a great tip as it really does use up additional energy.
I will admit, I have found week four pretty tough. Going up to runs of five minutes duration has reminded me of the 5k races I have completed in the past. I have to remember to pace myself to prevent getting tired too quickly. Having run sprints as a child, I am not as confident with long distance running, but I did feel great when I managed to finish my first run of the week and Sarah Millican informed me I was now running more than I was walking, a total of 16 minutes per 30 minute session.
I am nervous about going onto week 5, but I am also proud of my progress and excited to see my fitness increase further over the next few weeks.
As the weather has been getting warmer, I’ve changed up my running outfit to something breathable and comfortable. The Sundried capris are supportive, with temperature control. The loose fit top dries faster than cotton, whilst being super soft and lightweight and it is part of Sundried’s Eco Charge Range, made from recycled coffee grounds!
You can catch up with my Couch to 5k week one runs in my initial post.
I was sent a t-shirt and fitness leggings from Sundried, however I was under no obligation to post and all words and images are my own.