Couch To 5: Week 9: The End of the Beginning

This is my final vlog of the Couch To 5K programme when an unfortunate technical problem in the last 5 minutes almost scuppers my final run! In this video I reflect on the programme and start a somewhat unsuccessful Mexican wave.

This process has been something of a revelation to me. 9 weeks ago, I didn’t think for a moment that I could run for 30 seconds, let alone 30 minutes and yet, somehow, miraculously it’s happened.

The NHS/BBC Get Inspired Couch To 5K app is, simply, a great way to get moving and even if you pick a different programme to achieve the same goal (there are plenty out there) how you get there isn’t really the point – just getting off your sofa and out and about (quickly, preferably) is the main thing.

At the start of this I was happy with my general fitness, my walking every day with my dogs and standing rather than sitting at my computer, however I knew that I could do better. Above all, I needed to do some kind of exercise that would raise my heart rate a bit. And running is the prefect way to achieve it. I’m not one for “going to the gym”, it’s just too much hassle frankly, but running is easy to do – just put on some suitable clothing and leave the house. “Simples!”

I hope you’ve enjoyed my vlogs. I plan to do a follow up at some point in the future but have no idea when that will be. In the meantime, I plan to work my way up to 5K (I don’t quite get to 5K in 30 minutes – in the video, you’ll see how close I get) and then after that I may look at “Bridge to 10K” which isn’t a programme as such but from what I understand is a series of challenges and tips to get you running for up to an hour.

An hour? Do what?!

Anyway. That’s for another day…!

Couch to 5K: Week 8: Penultimate Ponderings

May 23, 2018

It’s getting near the end now, and so this week I discuss how I made it this far and what’s still to come in the final week. There are no terrible jokes in this video. It must be the hard work in making it to the seemingly dizzying heights of 28 whole minutes. However, despite […]

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Couch to 5K: Week 7: The Toxic Twelve and a Half

May 16, 2018

I’m working my way through the NHS/BBC sponsored “Couch to 5K” challenge taking me from no running to 30 minutes of running 3 times a week in just 9 weeks. This is week 7 where I tackle regular 25 minute runs. In this vlog I discuss how far a marathon is in metres, whether high […]

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Couch to 5K: Week 6: Pushing boundaries

May 9, 2018

It’s week 6 of the Couch to 5K programme where I attempt to go from only ever running to the toilet after a particularly hot curry to something equating to actually bonafide exercise in the form of real-proper-moving-generally-quickly running. It’s turning into quite a journey! In the accompanying video to this post, I try to run on some sand, wear an […]

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Couch to 5K: Week 5: Breaking records

May 2, 2018

Here’s another weekly video following my progress on the Couch To 5K programme. This is week 5 where I contemplate whether I can actually run for 20 whole minutes and wonder if I’ve been using my washing machine correctly. The prospect of that very long 20 minute run has been looming large on the horizon […]

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Couch to 5K: Week 4: Hot and cold

April 25, 2018

Another week has shot by, and I’ve now completed the fourth set of runs as I attempt to get from my couch to running 5K in just 9 weeks. I’m using the NHS and BBC sponsored app “Couch To 5K” available for iOS and Android devices, and also as a Podcast. You can download it […]

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From Couch to 5K: Week 3: Seconds become minutes

April 21, 2018

Things are starting to hot up now and I don’t just mean the weather! Couch to 5K is a programme to get you from your couch to running somewhere in the region of 5,000 metres in just 9 weeks, so inevitably at some point the length of time you need to run in one go […]

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From Couch To 5K: Week2: Staying Alive

April 11, 2018

It’s week 2 of the Couch To 5K programme where I attempt to go from sitting on a sofa and not moving very much to running somewhere in the region of 5,000m. In just 9 weeks. Truth be told, I’m not a sloth by nature. I enjoy walking and venture out of the house every […]

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From Couch to 5K: Week 1: Learning to run

April 5, 2018

I’m unfit. I’m very unfit. I may be rake-like in my stature but that doesn’t mean that I have the ability to escape from my wife brandishing a frying pan when I don’t notice her new hair do. Fitness is often judged by what people look like. If you’re carrying a few extra pounds (and […]

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First steps into the Smart Home

February 16, 2018

Here’s a video where I look at three options for smart home lighting: Philips Hue, Ikea’s TRÅDFRI and Lifx. I won’t give anything away about which of the three systems I choose. Please watch the video to find out! Please give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it. You can also subscribe to […]

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