Before I start to discuss Week 6 of c25k, can we take a moment to acknowledge that yours truly managed to ‘run’ for 20 minutes without stopping!!!! I am so pleased that I did it as I was feeling poorly last week and was worried I wouldn’t be able to complete the 20 minute run but lo and behold it’s in the bag 😀
This week felt a bit weird as after completing a non stop 20 minutes run last week (yes I will mention that again 😜) the program tells you to go back to interval running for the first two sessions this week. The first run is for 5, 8 and then 8 minutes with breaks of 3 minutes in between, the second run is for 2 x 10 minute runs split with a 3 minute break. Tomorrow’s run is back to non stop running of 25 minutes, which I’m actually looking forward to, I’m finding that I want to carry on running rather than take the walking breaks in between, which is a good sign. I’m not sure if I’ll manage the 25 minutes tomorrow but I’m not at all daunted about it, which in itself is encouraging.
I think the next thing I need to look at is increasing my speed as even though I am ‘running’now, I’m no where near running 5k. The program does say you will be able to either run for 30 minutes or 5k by the end of it, so it’s doing what it says on the tin but I would like to cover a greater distance as well as running for 30 minutes. I suppose that is something I will accomplish with continued practice. I do want to run outside eventually but at the moment I am enjoying running on the treadmill as I find the ability to see the time go by quite motivating.
Health wise, I have noticed that my resting heart rate is going down and my blood pressure has gone back to normal. Last nights reading was around 99/76 which is ideal! A few weeks of exercise, less salt, better diet and the results are brilliant. My chest pains have also reduced significantly (still there but not as intense or frequent) and physically I just feel so much better. I am weighing myself once a week and the weight is going down gradually as opposed to the high peaks and troughs that I usually have. Gradual is good as hopefully it means it stays off for good this time and isn’t the result of some faddy diet.
Xmas celebrations are around the corner but I’m not concerned about weight this time as the equation is simple, eat less and move more. If I can manage running then anyone can and I really mean that, read through the C25k information page and download the pod casts, you don’t even have to go outside if you don’t want to. Give it a go the only thing you have to lose is your fear of running 😊