|What a great opening to a blog post! Source:here|
One of my "owning my 2015" goals was to run a 5k and another was to loose weight. I am on a pretty strict diet which I actually seem to be sticking with and so far I've lost 8lbs. I've been going to yoga classes to help with toning and I've been swimming once a week. I have also been running....GASP. Anyone who knows me will know that this is a shocker because I am not a natural runner. Oh no I am not. All those ladies you see jogging along in cute outfits and sweatbands, barely breaking a sweat? Well I'm not that lady, I'm the one bright red and panting away after a couple of steps. I'm not sure I'll ever master the graceful running thing, mainly because,you know, I'm trying desperately hard to remember to breath! But lovely readers at least I'm running.
This is not a sponsored post at all but I could not to it without my Change for Life couch to 5k app. I've long been a fan of the Change for Life scheme (God bless our NHS) and the way it promotes a healthy lifestyle that can be adapted by the whole family, and this app is just one of the great initiatives they have. I just love the encouragement the lovely lady gives you (it's nice to read her story too) and the way it gives you gentle nudges but doesn't patronise you. Plus I can listen to my music whilst I run as well. Tracking my progress is the only thing that keeps me going and this app suits me perfectly.
I have done my three runs this week and I am actually quite surprised at how enjoyable and not too tricky I found them. two of my runs I have done with my fitness buddies Danielle and Rhiannon at the park and yesterday I did my first run by myself. It was also my first run on the pavement (sidewalk) and I did feel the difference. I did find that I pushed myself a bit harder by myself (I ended up jogging an extra 5 minutes) and I quite liked being alone with my thoughts BUT running with friends is great motivation.
SO my first week was surprisingly enjoyable - wish me luck for week 2!
Any of you runners? Any tips you can give me? Especially for the aches the next day?
Today I'm linking up with the lovely Miriam at Farm girl