Couch to 5K: Week 8 – Insoles are a Runner’s Best Friend!

Whoohoo! My final 28 minute run of Week 8 is finally under my belt! I haven’t done any exercise in over a week and a half (not running anyway πŸ˜‰ ) and so I was fully sure when I took off this morning that I would only get maybe halfway before either my lungs or foot were like ‘STOP!” Somehow though, against all the thoughts in my head, I did it.

I’ve heard it said that when you gain a fitness level you really never lose it. Even if you let yourself go for a while it’s easier and quicker to get back to a certain level than to get there from scratch. Today I saw the truth in that myself; it feels awesome!

Anybody else start singing 'For Good' when I said "I've heard it said..."?
Anybody else start singing ‘For Good’ when I wrote “I’ve heard it said…”?

I went home last week for my birthday (I’m 22!) and I was supposed to have my foot looked at but I never got around to it. Too busy enjoying Les Mis at the Ursuline Secondary School. πŸ˜‰ So when I started today I expected to feel lots of pain. I felt none. It could be because I was wearing two pairs of socks and new insoles but every little bit helps right? I don’t want to give up running. I love it. So if some cheap insoles and an extra bit of laundry does the job, it beats medical bills.

Penneys €1.50, can't go wrong! ;-)
Penneys €1.50, can’t go wrong! πŸ˜‰

Another thing I noticed was that I didn’t have to run on the grass to avoid pain so these insoles must be really great! They were common size and gender, I just had to cut certain bits off the top, bottom and side for a woman’s size six and pop them in my runners. Best life-hack going!

Anyway, all that aside I’d like to talk about the Couch to 5K podcasts for a bit. It’s been a while since I’ve commented on them I think. I still like the idea of a perfectly timed podcast but the music is very blah in recent weeks. The program also means listening to the exact same playlist three times a week without even a shuffle to mix it up, so it can be rather boring at times. I have found other ways to distract myself by thinking about things I may not otherwise get the time to do so and making deductions I’ve never noticed before (it sounds like I’m thinking of the meaning of life, doesn’t it?) and in that way the time flies but part of me cannot wait until the program is over so I can put my own playlists together for running.

Speaking of! I have a project going with readers that I would really like some feedback or help with. In November I am running the Run in the Dark in Cork City and I’d love for all of us to work on a playlist together. The first song I’ve chosen is the Blogilates music video, Bodypop and I’d love, love, love all of you to leave your running playlist suggestions in the comments below. Join the musical fitness conversation. πŸ˜‰

Ending with the usual sidebar, I’m doing this run for animal welfare so if you’d like to sponsor me you can do so here. Every little helps! πŸ˜€

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