Health and Fitness

Part 1: Couch to 5K… getting started

I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now but have been putting it off because I felt that I needed to get a few weeks of the couch to 5K programme under my belt first, before I could even think about giving the inside track to anyone who wanted to give the couch to 5K app a try…

A collage of photographs of Katie from on one of her couch to 5K runs

Writing about this also means that I have to admit to how unfit I have really let myself get, which is rather embarrassing!

Like many of us, I cancelled my gym membership about 4 months ago having told myself “I don’t need to go to a gym to get fit!” I am not certain that this was the most sensible decision as I just kept making excuses and always seemed to find a reason not to exercise… busy at work; family commitments; exhaustion; you name it I used it!

Recently the challenge of trying to kick off a new business, combined with needing to balance my family commitments (of which there are many!) has left me hoping me for a few spare minutes to myself in a day, and I am sure many of us can relate to this!

The problem is that the lack of exercise (and lack of sleep) has left me feeling desperately lethargic. Worse still, I was disappointed in myself because I stopped taking the time to invest in me. After all if we don’t take care of ourselves, who else will?

I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t ever seem to be able to stick to an exercise program? Its so hard! I always start off with good intentions but I am easily distracted… an impromptu social event is a perfect excuse to push me off course.  Just recently, a night out with friends meant I just could not wake up for my run the next day, and instead of getting up to my alarm, I turned over, pressed the snooze button, closed my eyes and pretend not to feel guilty at the fact that I knew I am only cheating myself!

Not this time she says…

Collage of photographs that Katie put together whilst completing the couch to 5K running program.
Getting started!

Sometimes you just need to find something that motivates you. It could be anything, a fitness documentary that inspires you, or a friend doing amazingly with their endeavours, then all of a sudden you are overcome with enthusiasm and inspiration and find the motivation to ‘Just Do It’ (as Nike would say 🙂 )

Well my motivation took the form of my lovely friend Victoria, and when she approached me and asked me to start the couch to 5K with her… of course I said yes!


Now don’t get me wrong, there have been a few bumps in the road…

For example, after having surgery last week I was forced to take some time off to recover, it’s so frustrating as I was really getting into the swing of it!

Oh well, hopefully by next week I can pick up where I left off.

The important point is that I am not only determined to complete the programme, but to keep up the momentum afterwards!

More to follow …

#katiecould #couch25k #C25KPro #justdoit #getfit #overcome


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