Couch to 5K
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A day of firsts for me!

Firstly, week 7 is done! Only 6 more runs to go, and I will have completed the couch to 5k! I never thought I'd be able to run for 5 minutes let alone 25! I lost a bit of motivation in week 7 and its taken me a good week and a half to finish it. I know that I felt that I would not be able to complete the program and I kept putting off the longer runs to avoid failing. But I haven't failed and I've completed week 7!!!!

Week 7 run 3 was moved indoors as the ice took over the pavements and wind was literally taking my breath away. So the dreaded treadmill was the first of my firsts. I have never run (lightly jogged!!) on a treadmill... Ever. I'm tall and heavy footed. I know i was not going to be a pleasant sight. I took myself to a treadmill that was not directly in front of the mirror so that I didn't have to watch my dreadful run. By only seeing my arm I felt quietly confident and for the first few minutes avoided eye contact with anyone else in the gym.

The second of my firsts was that I had ditched Laura this time and went for my own music. I didn't want to have to listen to her telling me the time when I could see it on the treadmill in front of me. It made it so much easier to run! The only problem is is that my I know the majority of my music off by heart and I think I need to invest in a running CD. Other than that 25minutes seemed to go swimmingly. I was very slow, about 7.8kph and upped it to 8.4kph for the last minute, but I didn't want to push it too far as I didn't know how I would do on the treadmill.

But to be fair I'm quite looking forward to Friday for week 8 run 1. With the treadmill you can monitor your progress so much easier and being able to up your speed helps in the last few minutes. When Laura says to go faster I struggle to know how fast to go without burning myself out before the minutes up, but this is easily watchable on the treadmill. Also you can have a swig if water if you need to and there are no hills to contend with!

Most posts about the treadmill are negative but for me it seems to work. I'm not saying I won't be getting back out there when the winter has passed but whilst its so cold and icy, the gym is where I will be.

Roll on week 8 and good luck to all of you out there running your hearts out :)


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Welcome to W8, moo!! Look at you, just six more runs and you will be sporting that wonderful green "Graduate" badge!! It sounds like you made a great transition out of the great outdoors and onto the treadmill. Maybe that is just what the doctor ordered for completing the program!!

Keep Running!! :-)



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