Health and Fitness

Part 3: Couch to 5K…getting somewhere

Okay… here we go again…

I was dreading the fourth week because the running parts were now longer than the walking parts.

Katie from Katie could doing the Couch to 5 K

Week 4 – Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then: jog for 3 mins: walk 90 secs: jog 5 mins: walk 2.5 mins:jog 3 mins: walk 90 secs: jog 5 mins.

Session 1 – This first session of week four did feel like a giant leap forward. Jogging for 5 minutes straight should not have felt that difficult, but it was so hot outside and I was really conscious that my pace was too slow. Bit of a mind over matter session.

Session 2 – Great session, I finally managed to get my breathing right which made everything fall into place. Good pace and felt really positive about this session. I can actually do this!

Session 3 – Victoria could not make this session so I was flying solo. I decided to try a new route this time to try and mix things up. I completed this session without stopping, however, the slow pace with which I crept up some of the steeper inclines meant I had definitely been a little to over ambitious again. I really struggled to keep going, a very tough session.

Week 5

Session 1 – Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then: jog for 5 mins: walk for 3 mins: jog for 5 mins: walk for 3 mins: jog for 5 mins.

I think that Victoria and I were probably jogging slower than our normal walking pace during this first session of week 5. We were like two snails crawling along, exchanging glances with each other, trying not to laugh at how pathetic we must have looked to all the people passing in their cars!

Session 2 – Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then: jog 3/4 mile (or 8 mins): walk 1/2 mile (or 5 mins): jog 3/4 mile (or 8 mins).

I am not going to lie to you, this session was tough, really tough! I actually thought I was going to be sick. Sweaty, shaky… Not a nice feeling at all.

Session 3 – Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes with no walking).

The first big run! I was actually dreading this session but I actually found it easier than the previous one? I think it was because I built it up in my mind so much that when it actually came to doing it, it was easier than I thought. But not easy! I did spend the last 10 minutes of the jog looking at my phone to see how much longer I had left. I would not recommend this as it actually made the session feel even longer.

Week 6

Session 1 – Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then: jog for 5 mins: walk for 3 mins: jog 8 mins: walk 3 mins: jog 5 mins.

Yay!! I made it to week six! This felt like a real milestone. I was secretly quite pleased when this session felt easier to complete than the last one. Definitely felt like I was getting fitter!

Session 2 – Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: jog 1 mile (or 10 mins): walk 1/4 mile (or 3 mins): jog 1 mile (or 10 mins).

Another session on my own but that was okay because I was feeling really motivated. However, I think my legs must have still been trying to recover from the previous few sessions as they turned to jelly and it was a real struggle to keep going. Again, I started to feel sick and dizzy and hot!! (Not that I am complaining about this beautiful weather we are having!).

During my cool down I made my first attempt at making a vlog. As you can probably tell, I am not very comfortable in front of a camera yet!

To be continued….

Still digging deep

Love Katie xxx

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