Couch to 5K: Week 1!

Week 1 of Couch to 5K is complete! I still can’t believe I am actually running. Since I’ve never been able to before I always thought I never would but Couch to 5K is such a good program.

Instagrammed this after my first run, beaming! B-)
Instagrammed this after my first run, beaming! B-)

The program, as a I said before, is taught through podcasts that you listen to and do as the narrator says and listen to music too. The narrator tells you when to walk, when to run, what pace to take etc and there’s motivational comments thrown in there too, just for good measure. πŸ™‚

My favourite thing about the program is that the tempo of the music changes depending on whether you’re walking or running, so you have a beat to match. It’s so much easier to keep going!

The program isn’t about going far or going fast either. It’s about forward motion. The Week 1 programs are also for only 20 minutes so there’s always a way to find the time, especially when you only have three runs a week.

Even after only three runs, I’ve noticed I can go considerably farther and faster than I could on the first day. πŸ˜€ Today especially I was pumping it, but I never felt particularly out of breath or like I needed to stop. I went about ΒΎ of a mile further than day one! (I can’t be sure because if you think limited internet is bad, even GPS can’t be picked up where I currently live.)

Now I’ve fallen in love with running. ❀ I love the sunshine on my face, the breeze rushing by, stepping to the beat of my music, while admiring the scenes around me from a whole new perspective. I can’t wait until Monday to start Week 2!

I feel for the first time that my ambition of the 12 minute run is possible and even more than that I feel like a may be able to actually run the whole 5km of the Run in the Dark in Cork during November! This run means a lot to me because it’s not just for me, My Bucket List or my fitness level. I’m doing it for charity. I want to raise money for PETA’s Investigation and Rescue team so that they can remove animals from terrible situations and re-home them to loving and caring families. Re-homing abused animals is very close to my heart as my own dog is a rescue animal and she’s now fully fledged member of our family.

Living the life of Reilly!
Living the life of Reilly!

Sidebar, if you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so here. Every little helps. πŸ™‚


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