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Journey of a thousand miles………..

January 8, 2013

……………… starts with a single step.  Possibly over dramatising my running efforts, but I’m pretty sure that this is going to be more than a 9 week hobby.  I know its been a while since I mentioned anything about progress, so I should probably update you.

I’m really chuffed by the fact that I managed to keep up with the Couch25k schedule over the Christmas period.  Under normal circumstances faced with the food orgy that is the festive season I would abandon any thought of exercise in a frenzy of gluttony.  That didn’t feel quite right this year and I was actually disappointed that the outdoor activities the BF and I planned had to be cancelled.  Despite this I was out running on both Christmas and New Years day, both of which were stunningly quiet and peaceful with very few people on the roads.  I’m grateful that the weather was good enough to get out and run as I don’t think I’ll have experiences like it until next Christmas.

Baby with caption - I can do it

Oh yes I can

Following on from the work over Christmas I started week 8 of Couch25k on Monday.  If someone had told me 8 weeks ago when I was struggling to run for 60s that I would soon be running relatively easily for 28 min (albeit slowly) I would have laughed at them. But, it’s the truth. Yesterday I extended one of my standard runs and cruised along happily at 11.2 min/mile for about 2.5 miles.  I’m a little way off the pace to do 5k in 30 min, but I’m encouraged by the fact that I’m getting faster and know that I can do the distance.

I already have a plan for what to do post couch25k, as barring accident or injury as I know I can run for 30 mins if I can do 28.  I want to do the 5k+ podcasts to help improve my pace and strength. Once I’ve managed to hit the  10 min/mile pace I’ll try a Parkrun.  I’ve also found a training programme through Runkeeper which is about running for weight-loss and that takes you up to running for an hour in 8 weeks.  I think if I complete that programme I should be able to do a 10k!  I still  can’t believe I’m even contemplating this considering 8 weeks ago I couldn’t comprehend running 5k!  Regardless of what I actually end up doing I can at least start it in the knowledge that I meet the min requirements for most training plans, so the world is my oyster.

Right now I feel like I could take on the world (providing it’s within a 3 mile radius).  Long may it continue :-).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2013 6:14 am

    Why wait until you can run a 5k in 10 min/miles before trying parkrun? They’re great fun whatever speed you run or walk/run at!

    • January 12, 2013 7:59 am

      good point well made :-). I doubt I’d wait that long in all honesty as im not known for patience. the key for me is being able to go the distance, Id like to run the whole thing and Im a little way off the distance yet. also finding a saturday Im at home as I normally go to the BF’s. I think Feb is my month for Parkrun 🙂

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