Grabbing Those Running Shoes!

Hello everyone! Just a quick post today to give you an update on my next project. πŸ™‚

You all know I’m trying to raise my fitness level and am an avid follower of Blogilates and have regained my love of hiking, but I’d also love to start running! If you follow my blog and have read my Bucket List you’ll know that at the top of the list is the 12 minute run. In Transition Year we trained for a whole term for this and in the end I could only manage 11.5 minutes. It’s always bothered me and right now I can only properly run for about four minutes before my lungs are like, ‘Stop, please stop!’

I’ve been asking lots of fitness and running enthusiasts online for advice about how I should get started in a proper training regime that will help me get me where I want to go. Almost everyone has suggested the Couch to 5KΒ program! From my research it seems that the program involves three runs a week, with at least one rest day between each run. There are downloadable podcasts (downloading right now!) that you listen to while you run; they have motivating music and a narrator who keeps you going and tells you when to run and when to walk. It seems that as the weeks go by in the nine week program the blocks of running get longer and the blocks of walking get shorter as you raise your fitness level.

I’m really looking forward to starting this program first thing on Monday morning (I’m away at motorcycle racing this weekend, whoohoo!). The 12 minute run means a lot to me personally but I’ve also signed up for the Run in the Dark in Cork City in November.Β  It’s a 5km run and I really, really want to run the whole thing. Until now I wasn’t really sure about how to start and get myself going but now I’m feeling really optimistic and motivated!

As a sidebar I’ll be running the route in Cork for the PETA Pack challenge, so if any of you beautiful people would like to sponsor me, you can here. Every little helps! πŸ™‚

Well that’s it for today,Β  I’ll be breaking out my running shoes early Monday and if any of you have any more tips for me taking up running, please leave them in the comments below. πŸ™‚

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3 thoughts on “Grabbing Those Running Shoes!

  1. The best thing that works for me is a good running music playlist. When I first started running, I used music as my starting/stopping points and just kept adding more and more until I could get through an entire song, and then 2 songs, then 4… Everyone has their own taste, but I recently blogged about my top ten list of songs to run to here that you might try: http://nickydoesblogilates.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/cardio-core-and-my-top-ten-songs-to-run-to/

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  2. It really isnt as hard as it first might feel. The thing that helps me, whenever I try to do something difficult (concerning running), is to think about the best advice that I have been given: Just keep on running, even if you feel uncomfortable for a little while, turn your brain off and watch your legs keep on going. At least for a little bit πŸ™‚

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