Hello my running buddies
For those of you who do not know me, I started C25K at the end of August 2017, and have been running regularly since graduating in November 2017. I now mostly manage three times a week, with runs ranging from 4k to 6k. I did have a stint on the IC in the new year, with a torn hamstring (ouch!), but that is a long forgotten memory now and I have been really enjoying (I say enjoy, but running in sub-zero temps and snow a few times this year have been slightly less pleasurable I must say!) my regular runs, not least as they help me with some low-level depression I have been battling for a few years.
I started the programme to get fit. Before this, I was just doing a bit of yoga here and there, and no cardio to speak of, other than walking. I did not need to lose any weight (thankfully), but my waist measurement was less than ideal, taking me into a high-risk zone. (It is dangerous to carry weight around your waist, but as any woman in her 40s will tell you, it is an easy area to put weight on!) Although slim, I knew that as I headed into my mid-late forties, I needed to think about my heart.
So, to cut a long story long, I had some pretty amazing results at my annual health check on Friday, and I am so happy to see some hard results of what running three times a week can do for you, and I just wanted to share.
– My waist measurement has gone down from 88cm to 79cm (into the ideal range!)
– My VO2 max / fitness level has gone up from 31 ml/kg/min to 38 ml/kg/min – a massive improvement! I am Miss Fitty Macfit of Fitsville now!
I do not post this to brag, not at all. I post this to show you what a huge difference you can make to your health if you just run three times a week. And I have only been running for 7 months! My doctor high-fived me as I left the room. I was in shock. Happy shock.
So, to all you lovelies just starting out – stick with it. Be patient, go slowly, listen to your body and complete the programme. The rewards are endless and you will see results.
In other news, I really recommend the podcast called Human Race. Wonderful, inspirational running stories.
Fitty MacFit of Fitsville x