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.

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