Monthly Archives: May 2018

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

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 the lack of poor comedy I do hope you enjoy my latest vlog about this engrossing challenge.

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

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 heels are any good for running up hills and manage to get lost in the woods.

Will I manage to do a 5K run in just 9 weeks? Stick with me to find out!

Couch to 5K: Week 6: Pushing boundaries

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 embarrassing T-shirt, try to run while listening to a BBC Radio 4 podcast and keep the world updated with my progress with this engrossing challenge.

This week the final run is a whopping 25 minutes! Will I make it? Watch the video to find out, and don’t forget to like, subscribe and, if you’re so inclined, get off your couch and have a go yourself.

Thanks for watching!

Couch to 5K: Week 5: Breaking records

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 ever since I accidentally looked ahead to see what runs were coming up. I’ve been dreading it ever since. However, I’ve slowly realised over the weeks that having the correct mindset is crucial to achieving the goals being set in Couch To 5K. If you don’t believe you can do it, then quite simply you won’t!

I’m staying confident, putting my trust in the programme (which after all, is tried and tested) and continuing to vlog my way to 5K. Thanks for joining me for another week!

I hope you enjoy the video. Please like and subscribe on YouTube to follow me right through to week 9 (hopefully)!