Friday, 19 April 2013

30 minutes

I can now run for a full 30 minutes.

I remember publishing this post 4 weeks ago and I am so happy I reached my target 4 weeks later!

This is huge for me, considering 2 months ago I really struggled to run for 2 minutes! The couch to 5k challenge has done wonders for me. I have been able to fit it in my own time but its still kept me motivated, even on the runs I felt like giving up on.

I never thought I would say this but I really look forward to running now. I will never be a pro-runner with all the expensive gear and I doubt I will ever run a full marathon. But I am halfway there to running my 10k in October. I have had a few people ask me if I have lost weight with the running plan and if I feel fitter?

No I have not lost a lot of weight with the plan. Maybe a couple of pounds? But in truth I hardly ever weigh myself so I can't be truthful of that. I am one of these people who feels that if the trousers don't fit/feel tighter then I have to reduce my food intake. However, I do feel a lot fitter and I have definitely toned. When I started the running plan my running trousers stuck quite tightly to my body but now they flap around. I don't feel as frumpy anymore that's for sure! In hindsight I wish I had measured my waist, hips and thighs to see there has been any loss there. One of the physios at work explained to me that when you tone you don't necessarily lose weight at the same time. So that's a plus right?

I just feel a lot more confident now and feel that I can incorporate running into my life in a much more positive way. It's also another thing I can tick off my 101 bucket list. If you have ever wanted to be more of a better runner or take something new up then download the couch to 5k podcasts. They're free and they're brilliant! I cannot recommend them enough.


Ashley said...

This is wonderful! I'm really jealous. I can barley run 2 minutes, so that is a huge transformation. I'm so proud of you. Keep up the great work.

<3 Ash

Steph{anie} said...

Amazing! You are now one of those people that I envy ;)

I have a goal to run a 5K (although most of them are on the weekends, which is when I work).

Starlight said...

This is great and you should be very proud. :) I just started running this week; I found a 13-week program for beginners and I feel great after finishing the first week. :) Can't wait to be able to run longer than just a minute.

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