May 18, 2012

I did it!

Yep that's right ladies and gentlemen I did it.  Not once but twice as well.  Go me right?

What's that? You have no idea what I am going on about?  Oh sorry let me stop and explain, in my excitement I might have got a little carried away.

As some of you may be aware over the last ten weeks or so I have been taking part in my own personal Ease into 5km program via an awesome little app by Blue Fin that I got for my phone.  The long and short of it is that it is an interval training program that is designed to get you running 5km in eight short weeks.

When I started going faster than a walk for more than 30 seconds seemed impossible.  I seriously question how on god's green earth I was going to be able to jog let alone run for a whole thirty minutes.  (Which is apparently how long 5km should take you.)

It has been a long tough slog.  One that has seen me repeat days on more than one occasion.  In fact there was one particular day that saw me repeat it three times before I felt I could honestly say I completed it.

Despite what ever doubts I may have had at the start I can now say that if you stick with it this kind of training really does pay off.  Just yesterday I went 5.15km in around 39 minutes.  Twenty nine of those minutes were jogging with the other ten consisting of a five minute warm up and the same again cooling down.  This follows a 5km run in around the same time last Friday.

Technically I am not sure what I am doing is really running.  If it is, it is a slow run, not that it really matters because at least I am moving more than what I was three months ago.  Which is all that matters.

Of course what matters even more is that I now actually feel fitter.  In fact I am quite proud of the fact that I can go at above walking pace for quite some time.  After the first ten to fifteen minutes I struggle a little and may or may not reduce my pace to walking for no more than thirty seconds mind you.  I am confident though that in another week or so it will be more like twenty minutes before I need a little breather.

Oh and did I mention how some of my shorts are now a little baggier than they once were?

There is still one more run before I officially graduate from the program which I am quite looking forward to.  Only then I need to work out what will be next.  I am torn between starting the Bridge to 10km or just focusing on improving my 5km time.  Really though all that matters is I keep going.

One thing that I have noticed about all this activity though is that I really am starting to feel quite great about myself.  The days that I run I feel happier and less stressed.  Mind you I only really noticed how good it made me feel when there was a week that saw no running.  By the end of the week I was grouchy and easily irritated.  A couple of runs though and all of that is gone and I am left feeling strong and awesome.

Joining in


  1. Fantastic! I got into running in the summer but since the clocks changed I've found it hard to get motivated ! Need to take a leaf out of your book!

    1. Thankfully for me the weather here is only getting more running friendly. Thanks for dropping by

  2. Awesome! I remember a post from a little while ago where you were feeling a bit down and not very confident. I am so pleased that you stuck it out! Isn't the feeling of running amazing?

    I am a non-runner who became a runner at 34.... It was such an awesome revelation that running is relaxing and exhilarating and ADDICTIVE!

    I started that app too - it is so realistic in the way it is set up - so achievable. I have not gone past week 4 as my dicky thyroid stuff is still so unpredictable.... But, when it is all sorted, I will defs be using that app to get back into running.

    I am so inspired by this! Yay YOU!!

    Thanks for linking in with Team Friday again, love it!


    1. The feeling of running is amazing, I can't believe I never tried it sooner. Oh and snap on the age thing as well, exactly what happened here. I really hope you get you thyroid stuff sorted so you can get back to it.

      My pleasure for joining in, so happy to be a part of it. I love seeing how everyone is going each week. So many inspirational women trying to make a healthier them.

  3. That I'd amazing -keep up the good job. I know exactly how you feel.
    Have z fantastic weekend !

    1. Thank you, hope you had a great weekend as well

  4. Woo Hoo!!! That's just so fantastic!!! I loved reading about how you din't think you could be a runner and now you are :) Good on you!

    1. Thanks lovely, I still am not sure if I am a true runner given my lack of speed but it feels great to be doing more than just walking.