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9 weeks of NHS training program and I am a runner!
This week is just as expected, 3 runs of 30 minutes.
I did the first run with the podcast, another with my own music using my watch and the final listening to the podcast again.
I haven’t found it easy. I’m not a super sexy, easy runner. But I did run for 30 minutes without stopping. Plus I always feel good when I finish. I struggle a little through the runs, sometimes I feel close to the edge of my ability .But I can always keep going and I can always finish!
It’s absolutely awesome! In 21 years of being fairly fit and active I have never been able to run for much more than a few minutes and now I am running 2 and a half, nearly 3 miles.
My pace is average, quite slow but good.
I’m going to make sure I go for a run at least once a week so I don’t lose fitness, but as long as I have time I will be running for 3 days a week and work to increase how far I go in 30 minutes.
For anyone considering doing this then I would say YES YES YES! Honestly I thought I’d never be a runner and even though I do lots of walking, climbing & play sports I have never ever been able to jog and this has got me jogging easily! For 30 whole minutes! When I started the podcasts 5 minutes of jogging seemed like a marathon but in a few weeks 5 minutes is nothing.
Everyone can be a runner with a little help from the NHS. Thank you so much!
- Week 8! NHS Couch to 5K (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
28 minutes runs! Get in there!
Each run is still tough. It’s a struggle. But the after feeling is fantastic. Every time 60 seconds left I get rocket shoes and get up to a near sprint at the end.
I haven’t been doing these podcasts regularly. Things have gotten in the way. But I’ve been doing them and I’ve completed each one!
When telling my friend he said “Why didn’t you do 30 minutes!?”. I thought this myself, I could do another 2 minutes! It’s only 2 minutes! But that’s what comes next and only once Week 8 is finished.
I’m still amazed at the progress I have made. I started this not being able to run for 3 minutes. I never thought I’d be able to run for 28 minutes. My pace isn’t bad either. 11/12 minutes miles! That’s good. I use MapMyFitness phone app to record the section I am running to get stats about speed and calories.
It is very important to me that I keep running. I don’t want to lose this new fitness I have. I don’t want to give it up because I know I will quickly decrease to being unable to run for very long again. I shall keep this up after completing and I shall keep my new stamina. Not only that but I want to improve! I want to up my speed! Faster, harder, fitter!
Bring on Week 9! Stay tuned for the final of my NHS Couch to 5K Experience!
- Week 7! NHS Couch to 5K (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
- Week 6! NHS Couch to 5K (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
- Week 5! NHS Couch to 5K (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
- Week 4! NHS Couch to 5K (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
- Week 3! NHS Couch to 5K (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
- Week 2! NHS Couch to 5K (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
- NHS Couch to 5K [Week 1] (ruthturner.wordpress.com)
5 minutes walk. 20 minutes run. 5 minutes walk.
This week has been tough and long. I’ve not kept to the schedule very well due to various things, so I’ve had a week in between runs at time. Not recommended, it definitely makes it much harder! However for one run I covered 2 miles! Another run it was 1.5 miles. Not bad! Laura is great as usual and talks at all the right times to keep you motivated. I do find the music a bit boring though, especially on long runs, but it is upbeat enough.
As usual I did it! Not too shabby. It was hard, i nearly gave up, I pushed and I feel good.
It’s very important to do your runs with only one day break, even if its raining or you’ve had a bad day get out there and have a run. You’ll feel worse if you have longer breaks.
On to Week 8! Nearly finished! But I shall keep it up.
Thursday 26th April 2012, 6:30pm Mow Cop, a tiny village situated in Staffordshire sitting 984ft up. On the peak of Mow Cop sits Mow Cop Castle, an iconic ruin which can be seen for many miles in all directions. There … Continue reading