New Year 2012 hit 15 stone which at 56 years old, with high blood pressure & marginal cholesterol problems, made me make the archetypal resolution to lose weight & get a little fitter. Well, if it lasted a week I'd be surprised.
Counted calories to start with and it worked! Found couch to 5k and thought i'd give it a go. Took the advice to get decent running shoes. £59.99 from memory but balanced that with joggers for a fiver and a hoodie for £7 from Tesco. Never had sore knees or any other pains. Maybe just lucky but I put it down to not skimping on shoes.
Anyway - started the schedule. Running for one minute seemed achievable even for me. Did it and survived. Kept going but surely I couldn't manage 5 mins? But I did. 8 mins? No way - except I did. The BIG one - 20 mins. Never. But I did. Got scared at 25 but managed it.
Absolutely amazed at this programme. When Laura said to trust the programme, she was right! We CAN go from fattie to running 30 mins in 9 weeks. Except ... I haven't (:-<)
I signed up for the Sport Relief Mile - the 3 mile (5k) version - and I do that on Sunday. That will be the end of my week 7. So, week 7 run 2 (25 mins) kept going for an extra 2 minutes. No problem. This evening, kept at it to the 30 minute mark which is about the 3 miles I'll do on Sunday.
So no, I didn't run 30 minutes after 9 weeks, I did it after seven (:->) WAHOO!
So if you doubt you can do it, take it from a sedentary, unfit, rather fat old git, YOU CAN. Trust the programme, trust Laura, trust yourself. Oh - one last thing. Remember that 15 stone weight? I only need to lose 1 more pound to hit 13 stone. So, from obese to a little overweight AND couch to 5k in under three months. I simply wouldn't have believed it. In fact, can someone pinch me?