Yep this time I’ve well and truly gone to the darkside….I’ve taken up running! uh huh you read that right, running. I’ve never been a runner, at school I was terrible at it and outside of school I always figured my bikes were faster and more fun so why bother?
Then a few weeks back my weightloss was plateauing so I began to think “what else can I do to bump it up again” at about the same time I read a post from a friend who has been to attempting the couch to 5k program.
I forgot about it for a few days and then while discussing fitness regimes with my bf said that I’d been considering taking up running. He’d been thinking the same thing for himself so a plan was put into place we’d start that Sunday afternoon.
I looked up the couch to 5k program and was pretty impressed that they’d taken the idea of a non runner and turning them into one in about 9 weeks. To make it even easier there was even an iPhone app I could buy that would count out the intervals for me so all I had to do was walk or run when it told me to!
So we started. It must look so funny when we run together. He has the long lean legs of a cyclist I have the short stumpy legs of a hamster and take at least three steps to every one of his strides. But I persisted and have continued to do so. This Sunday will start the 4th week of the program.
Am I loving it? No not really. Running is really undignified when you are just starting. Everything jumps up and down on your body, you go bright red, you sweat unbelievable amounts, your hair plasters itself to your head and sticks to your face and it works you hard. All of which feels not so great. But, and this why I think people do run, if you can get past all the unpleasantness and make it through the workout you feel amazing. Even better the next set of kettlebells I do after a run make me feel like a goddess.
After the first week we decided to investigate some better running shoes. A trip to The Running Company had me running on a tread mill for the first time in my life and getting analysed for a pair of trainers.
Personally I would have liked something a little more sleek and speedy looking but am sure that’s just me being a designer and wanting something that looks cool. Hopefully these do the job and help me become a better runner and lose weight and gain fitness along the way.