Mmmmh, where to start..
In the beginning there was an egg...well actually two fried eggs ,usually accompanied by three sausages, 2 rashers of bacon, mushrooms,plum tomatoes , baked beans a portion of toast and a black coffee..and then finish what the wife had left on hers. That’s what I would have on the local all you can eat fry up buffet , every time.
Confession no 1...I never actually started this with the intention of becoming “a runner”, it didn’t cross my mind actually 🤦🏻♂️. I started this whole thing to lose weight. I had just had a significant birthday that shall remain nameless ( I’m repeating my twenty’s again) and had put on so much weight I was beginning to feel uncomfortable in my own skin , clothes weren’t fitting , I felt ridiculous, stupid things like getting out from a low car or climbing the steps of a car park where beginning to feel difficult and then there was all the beer 😱..so during the past xmas holiday period I just decided that things had to change. Not having much money I was not keen to join a gym , needed something cheaper , a colleague at Work who is an absolute total runner nut ( the annoying sort who people stare at when they go on about running) mentioned her local park run (for the 100th time🤦🏻♂️) and it suddenly occurred to me that running was free. I “googled” running ( other search engines available) coz that’s what us humans do now instead of thinking , found this C25K thing and...💡
New Year’s Day in the rain was week one run one, and as I sweated and gasped my way through a minute all I focused on was if I could just run for 30 minutes , 3 times a week , It would help me loose weight and wouldn’t cost me much money..W1, became W2 and then at some point in Week 4 ...something happened and I’ll never know what..but ...it became about the running?!? ...and 5k?!?!...I can’t eloquently express how ridiculous this is... I’m not an runner or an exercise freak, I’m not known for sport ( unless I’m a pub with 8 pints etc)
But yet now I am. 🤪
Confession no 2..I hit the running for 30 minute mark in about the end of week 7..i didn’t say anything because I didn’t want it to sound like I was showing off or I didn’t want anyone else who was on a similar week to feel pressure or competition that they should be at that point too.
Doing the podcasts went from “ better do my run i suppose “ to “ I HAVE TO DO MY RUN!!!” I started planning when I could do them , I looked forward to it and when life chucks the inevitable curve ball and it all goes wrong and i have to delay or miss one ...it does my head in. Utterly .Totally.
I’m still slow and proud of it . 5k takes me between 35-40 minutes. I don’t care.
I very much DO care that I’ve lost nearly two stone in 9 weeks.
I , rightly or wrongly , now think running is 10% legs 10% lungs and 80% in your head.
Without a doubt , Couch to 5k has been one of the best ideas that ever stumbled into my head
This forum where I vent my spleen became part of that ritual as well , do a run then spew it out , i don’t really know how many people read these things I do it more as a cathartic thing
When I was struggling in the early weeks, one night I was trying to find some inspirational quote or something to keep me going ,I found this by Thomas Jefferson.
“If you want something you’ve never had , you need to do something you’ve never done.”
I have cursed, swore , sweated and spat that out on nearly every run I’ve ever done. I still do. It helps me.
The English breakfasts have gone. The beer is now Gin and slim line tonic
As for the annoying colleague who won’t shut up about running at work?..well, we’ve become as thick as thieves now, and I’m quite happy to admit there are now TWO annoying people in my work place who won’t shut up about running
Good luck on your run ,on whatever week your on, your amazing for trying to do this , repeat where you need too. Remember that the only person you ever need to beat on a run is self doubt , after all, Even us snails got on the ark, didn’t we 😉👍🏻💪🏻
9 weeks ago all I could run was a bath. I can now run for thirty minutes. That’s what C25K has done for me. It can do it for you
Apologies for length x