For some reason I thought I had talked to you guys about the Couch to 5k challenge I have been doing, but apparently I only mentioned it in passing. So I thought I would dedicate a whole post as I am pretty freakin proud of my progress!
So I started this thing six weeks ago and have been super consistent in going to the gym and getting my workouts done-did. I only slipped up one week and that was because I was in Sydney – remember, I took my gym gear with me? Well, I wasn’t able to access the gym at all and was too scared to ask anyone, so I didn’t bother.
The app I am using is called Ease Into 5k and basically it does what the name suggests – takes you slowly from not being able to run at all, to comfortably being able to run for 5kms. I am not a runner. Never have been, thought I never will be. In the past, the only thing that would get these legs moving at a fast rate would be a generous dose of Party Rocking or possibly the promise of chocolate. Just kidding, I totally can’t dance.
So yeah, I tried running once or twice, nearly died/fainted and decided running wasn’t for me. Except, everyone seems to do it right?! I started going to the gym a couple of months ago to burn off some muffin top and tone up for summer. I worked that cross trainer like a boss! But it seemed that not matter how hard or fast (that sounds wrong) I was pushing myself, everyone else was doing more. Those smarmy treadmill-users looked down on me in disgust. So I decided that if you can’t beat them, join them, right? There was no way I wanted to run on one, though, so I was kind of stuck. I reached out to you guys and you showed me the light.
I decided that easing into 5k was a reasonable challenge – the workout only lasts for 30 minutes, three times a week for eight weeks – and in each workout you alternate between running and walking. Even I could manage that. It really did start me off slow and after the first workout I felt really good, like I had achieved something. I’m now on Week 5, Day 3 and am running up to six minutes at a time! Well, let’s be real here – I’m probably not “running”, but I am definitely jogging quickly and my walks are fast – I find it physically uncomfortable to walk slowly.
Although it has been great to build my fitness up this way, I still have a bit of muffin top action going on and my appetite has totally increased. I feel like now that I am working out, it’s okay for me to eat rubbish
on a daily basis now and then so I’m kind of counter-acting the work out, but sugar and I are totally bff’s – there’s no breaking a love like ours. So this week I have gone to the gym on my “rest days” too, which is cray-cray I know, but also really good.
I’m not going to get too excited here just yet – tomorrow I have to run for 9 whole minutes straight! Nine.