Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:52
Hi All, I have just joined this site because I think I have become addicted to running after just 5 days of running attempts!
It all started when I was doing 3 dog walks a morning. I spent roughly 2 and a half hours out walking back and forth, passing the same scenery and chucking the same dog slobbered Frisbee. My mind soon started to wander and I realised that despite being able to walk a 13 minute mile and despite the amount of time I am on my feet, I seem to have a bit of a round belly on me. I declared that although I was a healthy weight.... I was indeed totally out of shape, literally. Fast track and before I knew it I had stumbled across something called 'couch to 5k'
There was no thought process involved, my friend says I am impetuous and I think she is right. I instantly knew this was for me!
So I decided that every other day I would make one of my dog walks a dog run, that way there would always be the routine and structure, meaning less chance of me giving up, missing a run etc
Our first day of running I didn't go with the couch 2 5k plan as instructed, instead I used it as mere guidelines. I would walk the dog to the fields/dirt tracks (takes 5 minutes - there is the warm up!) and then I would simply run until my legs gave the wobble code for 'ok that's enough'. Then I would walk for a minute or two to catch my breath. Repeating the process all the way round the route until I had been run/walking for 30 minutes. Then I would enjoy the nice 5 minute walk back home (cool down).
I managed to run for 30 seconds (pb 45 seconds) and my walk was about 1.30.
After my first day I set a manageable goal for myself. Every time I ran, all I had to do was simply stay level or beat my previous average times and go by what my body was saying when it came to the walking parts.
Fast forward to today (5th day running). My running times are between 55 - 1.05 seconds and my personal best 1.28. I have continually improved on each run day by about 5 seconds and I have always gotten a personal best each run day. My walking times are not limited, but I do time them now and then... they never go above 2 minutes.. So I am really pleased over all every run day I come home feeling like I should celebrate! Which I do, by drinking chocolate milk and eating a banana, because I heard that was good for the body lol I have altered my eating habits and found some really tasty healthy alternatives... one of which is a baked sweet potato with chopped spring onion and olive oil spread.... LOVE IT!
I did start off running as I wanted to get into shape via a fun method which I would enjoy..... however, I now don't care much for the getting into shape bit.... I just want to run.
I decided to allow 11 weeks for my 'couch to 5k guidance' programme and in early July I am going to sign up to do my local 5k parkrun.
I only have one question at the moment...... how on earth do you control your breathing whilst running? I find I can breath in nice slow and deep for 4 seconds, but when it comes to breathing back out I can only do so for a split second before I take a sharp deep breath back in again. It is really annoying me and makes me loose concentration on running It also makes me get the 'wobbles' a lot quicker!
Thanks in advance x