The challenge I have set for myself is to run #5kadayinMay – well when I say run it began somewhat painfully, and, can only be described as detested interval training to get my fitness back to a normal level.
For anyone considering running, if you are just starting out or need some support there are some great Apps available. In the past I have used Couch to 5k which I found great for motivation and encouragement to push yourself just a little harder. I would also recommend investing in a great sports bra, my particular favourite is similar to this high-impact one from Next, it has done me proud!
And so, I took to the treadmill, as yet I am still to go on an outdoor run…I like the feeling of safety I get from being in my own home, and with the kids, it means they can carry on with their homework (or annoying the f*&k out of each other) whilst I run.
As I’ve enjoyed running in the past I knew the best way for me to stay focused would be to watch something engrossing, so after the new series of Dynasty (chewing gum for the brain available on Netflix) I went with Prime Suspect, from the very start!
So, now I am two weeks in and on Prime Suspect season 4, and guess what?… I am actually loving running, and actually look forward to it!
Week 1 – expected distance 35k
- Monday 30th April – 4.7k as knew we were going out on 1st May (Happy Birthday Mum!), onto May…
- Tuesday 1st – 0k
- Wednesday 2nd – 5k
- Thursday 3rd – 5k
- Friday 4th – 0k (blame Gemma and Matt for getting engaged and having a party)
- Saturday 5th – 0k and 4 hours of gardening
- Sunday 6th – 0k and a lovely afternoon spent with my family(need to start making up the lost distance!)
- Monday 7th – 6.5k
Total distance covered in week 1 = 14.7k (20.3k to be made up!)
Week 2 – expected distance 35k
- Tuesday 8th – 5.5k
- Wednesday 9th – 5k
- Thursday 10th – 4.2k
- Friday 11th – 5.5k
- Saturday 12th – 6k
- Sunday 13th – 7k
- Monday 14th – 5.3k
Total distance covered in week 2 = 38.5k (now only 16.8k to be made up!)
I’ve also stuck to the vegan diet, and I’m really happy to say that it’s all having a positive effect. I feel really energetic and happy, and my measurements are:
- 139lbs/9st 13kgs (1lb loss)
- Upper arm – 12″ (no change)
- Thigh – 23.5″ (0.5″ gain)
- Bust 37″ (1″ loss)
- Waist 32″ (no change)
- Hips – 39.5″ (1.5″ loss)
Catch up with me in 15 days time to see the month’s results, and to learn what this loon will be doing in June.