Saturday, 20 August 2016

My first Parkrun!

ok - it's been a good long while!  Life just got too depressing there for a while.

Quick overview of life right now:

  • Have held down my little job for over a year - and loving it!
  • Doing less crochet - in part because of the work and also because I'm going through a low crojo phase!
  • #1 son starts secondary in Sept - scary growing up stuff!
  • Am on yet another health kick and this one is slightly more consistent . . . .I hope!
  • Hubby got made redundant and is now setting up his own business - fingers crossed.

So, mostly from the point of view of the current health kick, I joined up with an online plan back in March and did well-ish for a while.  A combo of weight training, walking and a better diet began to see some improvements.  And then I tried running.

Now, to be clear, I hate running.  Never wanted to do it at school, was always crap at it and my breathing would go wildly out of control to the point that although not truly asthmatic, I needed a pump for any 'strenuous' activity.

But, I'd heard about the C25K thing - Couch to 5K, and I thought it might be worth a go.  

I downloaded the app in April, and started.  It felt exhausting but strangely exciting to be doing something I'd never thought I could do.  It starts off easily enough - 8 x 60 seconds of running interspersed with 90 seconds of walking.  It was surprisingly tough though for someone as overweight and unfit as me.  I got up early in the mornings, and did the run before having a quick swim, and dashing home to get packed lunches ready and doing the school run.

I managed to be fairly consistent for the first few weeks, apart from the swimming which was just too much to fit in so early in the mornings, and also managed some of the online workouts too.

Then, as with all things I managed to fall off track - depressing news, being under the weather and giving in to my inner laziness all took it's toll.

However, after a fab holiday in Norway (totally beautiful country, but eye-wateringly expensive!) I figured it was time to get back on it.  The whole family decided that we wanted to get fit - parents because we really need to fight our flab a bit more, and the kids who have been inspired by the Olympics. We arrived back home on Tuesday evening and I started running again on Wednesday morning, after 8 week hiatus.

I went back to wk 3 day 3 of the plan.  Tough, but exhilarating to be back.  Then back to wk 4 day 1, and day 2 on Thursday and Friday.  

Today, the whole family did the local Parkrun - Hubby and son for their 3rd time, and me and DD for our first time. Friday was the furthest I'd run in ages and that was only 2.8k, in intervals.  This parkrun was 5k - massively different!

To say it was tough was an understatement.  DD 'ran' with me, but she was champing at the bit to get going when I was already struggling to breath!  Overall my official time was 40:30, and a lot of that was walking and desperately trying to catch my breath!

But it's a start!

Am going to track my progress here and see where I end up!  

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