Okay. My first run is over. I’ve broken the ice, and now there’s no looking back. To start training, Heather and I are going to be using the NHS podcast Couch to 5k that talks you through your running over a nine week period to get you up to a 5k run.
Since there is almost exactly nine weeks until our first run – the Race for Life 5k in Hyde Park, it’s worked out pretty perfectly.
I’m not a morning person, and I really didn’t think I could do this, but with a hectic work schedule, a pre-work run was the only way this was going to happen. I live just by a park and surprised myself by enjoying my 30 minute walk/jog around the ponds (there are still so many baby ducks and geese! Cue the ‘awww’s) and around the petting zoo to say good morning to the billy goats. Yes, my park has a petting zoo. Beat that.
Week One of the NHS Couch to 5k is a nice gentle start, which is just what I needed. With a 5 minute warm up walk, and then alternating 60 seconds jogs and 90 second walks, it was just enough to start getting me in the mindset of what this is actually going to be like.
The next two runs will be the same, but it will start kicking up a few notches and I think I’m finally ready (in my head anyway…my legs may disagree). Wish me luck, and please do show your support by helping me our and giving some money to an amazing cause here: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/fillingthepages