Couch to 5K

oh yes baby - I'm back in the running!

Well after an extended 12 days of resting up, reading up and letting my shins recover - I decided that was enough couch sitting and time to get back out there.

So Sunday was planned as a nice gentle run, but actually a run with quite a few firsts for me.

First run without Laura - I just didn't fancy listening to her 1,2,3,4 during SteppingStones again - I find it a bit off putting because I always tended to be slightly ahead of her and ended up concentrating far too much on trying to land in time. So I just re-discovered Blondie and as I was belting along to One Way or Another certainly gets the heart rate up again.

First run in the warm temperature - well it had to happen at some point, I can't not run just because it's hot out there. & if Christian Schiester (now my new inspiration) can do 220km ultras in Ethiopia, & 100km in Antarctica, I am sure I can manage 5km in Sunny Yorkshire! Although it wasn't too bad really.

But it wasn't until I stopped that I notice every inch of skin is now dripping sweat... which was another first - normally I'm just back & chest but this time it was everywhere, legs, thighs, forearms, shoulders, so a proper work out.

First run with no real target in mind - yes on the chart it was supposed to be 34 mins and I set out knowing that I probably wouldn't make it I because I don't want to push too hard - but in all honesty I was just happy to get out there and happy that my shins were holding up. Remarkably they felt fine, so the first run post injury too.

So I ran for 22 mins, which is nothing spectacular, but not a failed run either. Just happy that I've not lost it too much.

Now - the 10k training can start in earnest - so looking forward to this week as being wk1 of my new training program... and now just 11 weeks to go until race day!

Happy Running.

....... you gotta love them tags .... maybe we should run a posting contest for the most amount of random tags we can get them to generate!...

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Good to hear your first Post Grad run was a success, and after a decent break.

I am now going to take a break, as I need to rest my ankle up, bu am a bit concerned that my fitness will fall off, so have started to cycle a little more to fill in. When you say you ran 22 mins, is that because that was all you wanted to do, or had your fitness dropped off making it a harder to run on? (I don't want to end up going backwards :-) if you know what I mean).


Had done a couple of post grad runs, but then with renewed confidence I went and over cooked it and knacked my shins - so yes a bit of a forced lay up.

hopefully the fitness shouldn't fall off that much as it's more about state of mind - I don't think you suddenly loose fitness...

The only reason for pulling up sooner was because I didn't want to risk pushing too hard and re-injuring myself. thinking about it I could have gone on, but better to be safe rather than sore I think.

had ankle twinges too - so just doing foot tapping to try and strengthen them as we speak.

Happy Cycling


Nice one MAtthew. I am in a similar place to you in that I've graduated and am now just going out to run to keep fit and healthy, I haven't got my head around another trianing programme just yet. I tried "STEPPING STONES and failed miserably! I was knackered after 25 mins.

Keep those legs in good order! They're the only two you've got!


Thanks Dan - I certainly intend to keep them sorted... just stupidity on my part as I felt invincible after graduating and went out and blasted my way through ignoring all the usual advice.

might listen to stepping stones on the drive home to see if I can make sense of it - but I know what you mean about getting knackered - melting with this weather too


well done...good luck on the 10k, you should try audiofuels's Silky Steve, but if Blondie does it for you then go with her...and a nice set of random tags too

Happy tagging


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