Since starting couch to 5k, I have...
1. Got an activity tracker (something I swore I would never get)
2. Built up to doing at least 10,000 steps every day (from about 3,000 at the start, I work at home - very dangerous because you think you're constantly doing something but you're really not moving!)
3. Dropped 2kg in total
4. More impressively, based on the readouts from the scale, that 2kg is made up of 6kg lost fat and 4kg gained lean muscle
5. Dropped from 36% plus body fat to 29.9%
6. Gained a waist
7. Lost a spare tyre (still carrying two stone of extra bulk, but hey! It'll go eventually)
8. Built up to running for 30 minutes at a time!
9. Put my own playlist together (and it is cheeeeeeeeesy - see later)
10. Requested a Garmin Forerunner 10 for my birthday (and if I don't get one I shall... of course be grateful for what I do get and simply resubmit the request for Christmas).
Since graduating last week I've run twice. On Monday, I managed 4.4k (around the same time Busted Crashed the Wedding on my playlist) and decided that was enough, I'd walk (I'd not measured out the route, and passed my old "stop and walk now" marker and the gremlins got me). Today I decided to run 5k along the old railway line (now a cycle track) rather than around the meadow/across a cow field/next to the river. Basically, I wanted to see how quickly I could do it without looking out for potholes.
Unlike Monday, when the Fitbit and MapMyRun apps both swore blind I'd run 11.04 km in 36 minutes, the GPS behaved itself today (it also helped I'd mapped how far I needed to run on Map My Run's website so I was keeping an eye out for the half-way point, so if all else failed I could ignore the ridiculous km counts if they were out). I managed 5 km in 34 minutes, compared to the graduation run (across fields etc.) of 37 minutes last week. So, actually, plodding along a perfectly straight (though not level) track only saved me 3 minutes.
So - here's the question, what next? I always said I'd do a few weeks post-graduation "free running" and I'm not putting any real pressure on myself to do the 5k every time. If I can keep it going for half an hour, everything after that point is a bonus. The plan was to then move on to the other, post -graduation podcasts - but should I do stamina, speed, or the other one (momentarily blank on the name) first? The Purple Perils (running shoes) are safe in the cupboard for now, but I feel I owe them some explanation as to what the next target is.
Oh, and here's that playlist.
Warm-up walk music:
The Avalanches, Since I left you
Steeleye Span, The Dark Morris Song
Amy McDonald, An Ordinary Life
Sam Sparro, Black and Gold
Smash Mouth, All Star
S Club 7, Don't Stop Movin'
The Rembrandts, I'll Be There For You
The Proclaimers, I'm On My Way
Scissor Sisters, Music Is The Victim
Elton John, Are You Ready For Love
Busted, Crashed The Wedding
Smash Mouth, I'm a Believer (yes, another from the Shrek soundtrack, I was pushed for time)
Eric Prydz, Call On Me
The Beatles, Let It Be
Told you there was some cheese on there. Might have to trim it a bit, as obviously the running songs go on for longer than I actually run for. Today I walked a bit extra just to hear The Beatles.