Back in October I decided to start C25k - I had already lost a few pounds but was determined to find an exercise I enjoy to aid this!
I started couch to 5k, and REALLY struggled with week 1. 60 seconds of running was such a long time!
Well, here I am, having just finished week 7. I am a bit worried about my progress though - at the end of week 5 I got a horrible cold which left me bed bound with vertigo. I had to take 2 weeks off as I didn't feel strong enough to walk far let alone run.
Then I felt better, and away we went! Completed week 6 without a hitch and felt very proud of myself.
Then, within a week, both a work colleague and a family member died. I was left devastated, and was knackered so decided to take another week off. I then managed week 7 and felt on top of the world - there was no way in anyone's earth a few months ago I was going to run 25 minutes, let alone 3 times in a week!
However, now I'm not well again with a horrible cough and a really tight feeling chest. I've been told by a colleague (a nurse) that if I'm ill from the neck up it's fine to run, but neck down not to.
I'm SO desperate to finish C25k though! I really want to achieve my goal and it's frustrating to have had all these setbacks. I've suffered with back pain, shin splints and knee pain in the past and it feels like the loss of 22lb so far has helped me get over that but I'm worried I'll lose motivation.
What does anyone do to keep them going when they have to take downtime whilst they're not well? Is there any light exercise you could recommend in the meantime to keep fitness up?
Thankyou guys xxx