Category Archives: Sport

Vlogging My Way To 5K: Week 10 “Future Plans”

This is a bonus week in what was originally going to be a 9-week running vlog.

In this video I make some plans for the future and set myself an exciting new goal with an unbelievable finish line!

Thank you to everyone who has watched and commented on my two series of Couch To 5K videos. I’m taking a short break from the vlogs but will be back soon! More details in the video.

Vlogging My Way To 5K: Week 7 “Changing Challenges”

It’s week 7 in my bid to finally reach 5K and this is a huge week for me as if the times add up I’m in with a great shout of finally achieving that elusive distance.

Watch the video to find out if I finally make it!

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Vlogging My Way To 5K: Week 6 “Within Touching Distance”

This is a huge week in my running journey where I wonder if I can finally make it to the elusive 5,000 metres. This is also a week where I introduce some fancy new graphics and music into my videos which strangely doesn’t have any impact at all on my split times.

I hope you enjoy the video. I encourage you to pop over to my YouTube channel where you can like and subscribe and click the notifications button to be advised when the next edition is published.

Vlogging my way to 5K: Week 3 “One Slow Step At A Time”

It’s another week in my attempt to regain any fitness I may have managed to acquire whilst doing the Couch To 5K programme last year.

This week I interrupt some golfers, realise that I’m probably talking to myself and decide to mix things up a little with a pre-run intro or two.

I know how to let my hair down. At least I would if I had any.

If you’ve decided to take the Couch To 5K or are interested in getting fitter, check out my first series of videos and this follow up series in the full playlist.

After posting this, I realised that I didn’t include my week 2 video on these pages, so just for completeness here it is:

Couch To 5K: One Year On

Unbelievably it’s been one year since I crawled off my sofa leaving behind a very nice plate of biscuits and ventured outside into the brightness to attempt the Couch To 5K programme.

Couch To 5K is a programme sponsored in the UK by NHS England and the BBC that helps you using structured lessons, 3 times a week to get you running for 30 minutes after just 9 weeks.

In April 2018 when I started Couch To 5K I could barely make it a hundred yards without wheezing uncontrollably and collapsing into a dazed huddle on the floor sobbing for those biscuits (and the sofa).

I’d tried running a few times prior to that, trying to make it to a new lamppost on each run, but didn’t really make it past a couple of them before I gave it up as a bad job and went back to the TV remote.

Couch To 5K gave me the structure I needed to finally make some real progress. After 9 weeks I actually was running for 30 minutes. 29 and a half more than I ever thought I’d make.

Unfortunately after that things went slightly pear shaped.

I went on holiday not long after finishing the programme and after returning I never quite made it back to 30 minutes. The best I managed over the next few months was about 20 and more often 10 or 15.

By the time the first anniversary of starting C25K was approaching I realised that I needed to do something about this sorry state of affairs before I threw the towel in altogether.

So over the first anniversary of me taking the C25K programme, I’m going to finally try to make it to the magic 5K distance, something that has alluded me up until now.

At my starting point, I’m on 22 minutes. I want to make about 35 minutes if I’m to get to 5K at my standard split time of around 7 minutes per kilometre, but likely a few more minutes as I’m sure to slow down!!

So my challenge this time is to hit the 5K before I get to the first anniversary of finishing C25K and to achieve that I’m adding 1 minute per run over the next 9 weeks with 2 runs per week. So from my starting point of 22 minutes, that should take me to around 40. However, my main objective is to get to 5K, even if I don’t quite make 40 minutes.

You can see the first video in this new series above as I finally attempt to vlog my way to 5K! Come along for the ride(run) and see how I get on! You’d be most welcome.

A new video will be posted every Thursday from 4 April 2019. See my YouTube channel for the first season.

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…!