Couch to 5K – Time To Get This Cake-Muncher Moving!
C25K is all about getting you from your couch to being able to run 5k. I like my couch. We go way back. It was there for me at that moment when Negan introduced us all to Lucille. And in Fortitude when Shirley did the thing with the fork. And possibly even more horrifically, that time that Bratavio got through to the live final in X Factor. 5k is slightly more of an enigma though. I’ve met it a couple of times doing Race for Life. Mostly wearing a tutu. Giggling and jogging a bit, followed by a lot of walking. And giggling. Lots of giggling.
It would take a lot for me to go from such a beloved friend to a relative stranger but as some of you will have already read, my jeggings are currently feeling the strain, and I am on a fad-free mission to shed a stone of
wine rhymer. By fad free I mean that I want to make positive life changes that I can maintain in the longer term. Nothing too drastic or regimental as I have a habit of rebelling if the going gets too restrictive, and nothing that would cost me a fortune as we are moving house and so all non-house related expenditure is currently off limits.
I have read a number of brilliant blog posts about free apps for C25K which are designed to get an avid avoider of running like myself, off their sofa and running 5k within 8-9 weeks. It’s something that I had originally signed up to do with a local running group after Christmas but had to cancel. An app means that I can fit in a run when it suits me and my very limited child-free agenda. It also means that nobody has to witness the slightly alarming shade of puce that I turn after more than 45 seconds of cardio. I had me a reluctant plan!
Having committed my plan to the Blogosphere in my first post it was time to download an app, dust down a pair of neglected trainers,
argue with Daddy Pig over where the hell all my ear-phones had gone being as I never use them and used to have around 6 pairs!? and hit the pavement! The app that I chose to download was 5K Run – Couch to Running by Vandersoft. There was no science to this, it was just the first one that popped up in my app store and so far it seems to be doing the trick for me!
The first session starts with a 5 minute warm up for you to jog or walk and faff about with your new earphones to get them into the correct position. You then get a beep and a friendly chap tells you to “Start running!” Being the compliant person that I am I of course oblige and run like my cake depends on it. The first week is made up of 3 identical runs. You run for one minute, followed my walking for 90 seconds, and repeat this routine six times, followed by a 5 minute cool down.
The whole run takes 25 – 30 minutes (depending which week), which even I can fit in as long as I set my alarm and get out of the house for 6am. I schedule my posts quite a way in advance but at the time of writing this I’m coming to the end of week 2. Each week the running intervals increase until by week 9 I should be able to run the full 5k.
I won’t lie to you – I thought that 6 minutes of running over a 25 minute period would be easy. I haven’t run before but I have always done some sort of exercise over the years and didn’t think I was entirely unfit. So far I haven’t had to lay down on the pavement. However I was scarily close to throwing up the first time after having run half way up a
bit of a hill mountain.
I have yet to be cornered by a savage stray dog like poor Prabs of Absolutely Prabulous, and I don’t have a robin guide as does the lovely Charlie of Mess & Merlot who has just completed the same C25K challenge. I have however had to pause to remove a range of soggy canine nostrils from various places during my jaunts. There is also a local heron that seems to have befriended me, so there’s that?
The support from you lovely readers has been incredible and has literally shoved my cake loving bottom out of bed each morning. Thank you so much to each of you for your gorgeous comments.
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I’ll keep you informed as I pootle on with my journey from this:
— Rhyming with Wine (@rhymingwithwine) April 3, 2017
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Wish me luck!