I don’t run very well. In fact, I have weight loss goals and I felt if I made a goal like “Running a 5K” that I would A) hold myself accountable – must pay entry fee for this to sink in. B) Practice – which helped me drop 15lbs before the race and C) Be proud of myself.
It turns out I was the worst runner there. I accomplished this race with the help of my husband and a best friend who ran beside me the entire team. *Helpful hint, if you have a team, no matter how small, it will help you along the way. By the way, I chose to do the Warrior Dash for my first 5k. With all those crazy obstacles, I feel like I can do a normal one with no problems! :)
Good luck to you! 15 months ago
How I did it: I started by running the downhill parts of my regular walk. Once I had decided I wanted to run 5kms I began running more of the walk and then talking to people that run and getting tips. I did little bits of the Couch to 5k plan, but I don't get to go out regularly enough, so I jumped rope to build up my CV fitness and ran laps of the local sports field. Read how I did it… 2 years ago
When people say they ran xkms, do they literally mean they ran that distance, or does everyone walk some of the time? Can you run through a stitch or do you have to slow down? What do you eat before an early morning run? Many thanks :) 2 years ago
Having spent the week sitting in front of the computer with assignments, I haven’t done any real exercise since last weekend’s run. So, when I went up to the lighthouse this morning, I did 5.9k in 57 mins and actually had to stop a few times, because I was feeling faint and slightly nauseous! 2 years ago
I did my first road run last night – it’s a loop that goes around the back of B’s house, windy, narrow, hilly roads. I took it very slow and kept off the actual road as much as possible. Apart from the warm up and cool down, I ran the whole thing except the very top of a couple of really long inclines that when I got near the top I just had to walk! It was fun! I got to the end and found I had done 6.5km in 53 minutes… well, I TOLD you I took it slow ;) 2 years ago
I had plans of tackling the roads for the first time tonight, but one thing led to another and by the time I dropped the kids off at their dad’s, there was only half an hour of daylight left and having never done the loop before (5kms of narrow, windy, hilly roads) I was scared of either getting run down or half way around and then stuck out there in the dark! So I opted instead to run around the sports field again. I set my cardiotrainer app to 30 mins and told myself I would just run as much of that time as I could. I walked one lap to warm up and then ran an easy pace until I was sure I was close to time. When I looked, I was at 22 mins and 2.3kms. I was thinking of walking the last 8 minutes but then thought it would be nice to at least make the 3km mark. I got there in 34 minutes… then got home, to find the app was set to MILES! I had run 5.2 KILOMETRES!!!OK, I walked the first and the last lap, so technically I can’t count this goal as done yet I was so surprised, I thought this was going to take me months. The skipping works! Next challenge is to run a route with hills (eek!) :) 2 years ago
I did my usual weekly walk today, but told myself I would run all the sections that were flat or downhill. I completed 5.4km in 53mins. It’s difficult to tell, but I would say I ran about 3 of the 5k. This is starting to look doable. 2 years ago
Gave week 3 of the couch to 5k plan a go, running around the sports ground. Aside from a screaming 2 year old, I did manage to complete it (2.5km, about 2 k of which was running)once my daughter took him off to the play equipment. By 400m my legs were like lead, but at the end of the stint I wasn’t even totally fucked, much less worked up a sweat. I think the skipping is paying off! 2 years ago
I haven’t even been walking. Too much study. So last weekend I went up to the lighthouse with a friend for the first time in weeks and had to sit down at the top!! We planned to meet up again in a fortnight, so I went up again this weekend and then again today. I did do some running on the downhill, but today, just as I was finishing up, I realised I had dropped my phone somewhere and had to go back up and do the whole thing again! Being late for a rehearsal now, I tried to run quite a lot of it. I didn’t find the phone, but thankfully someone picked it up and rang home, so I got it back a few hours later. Anyway, I must’ve done 10k, I’ve no idea how much of it I ran, but my fitness is improving. I’m almost ready to try actually going for a run again. ha! 2 years ago
I’ve never been able to run. I can walk or ride a bike forever, but running makes my lungs burn, my legs heavy and my will weak. I want to change that. For the first time in my life, I don’t feel like saying “it’s just not worth it”.
I started out tonight with my daughter (who is seven). We did the week 3 workout of the couch to 5k. Then I got home and realised we were supposed to do two repetitions. Oops. Well, at least I found it easy!!
The trick for me will be finding the time to do this 3 times a week amongst everything else, but I’m hoping willpower will find a way. 2 years ago