August 3, 2012

Team Friday - Getting back into it

It's been a while since I have made the time to share how I have been making exercise matter.  While I have not been neglecting my exercise as much as I have been my blogging about it, I still haven't been reaching the goals that I had hoped for.

When I started running back in February the plan was to be able to run for thirty minutes.  Which also is meant to equate to 5km.  At this point in time I can run just about for thirty minutes.  By that I mean run for ten to fifteen minutes walk for 30 seconds to sometimes a minute and do it all again.  Actually I can run for four ten minute blocks with no more than a minute between runs.  

I can also run for 5km.  Actually I can run for up to 7km.  What I can not do though is get that 5km out in thirty minutes.  Luckily though I don't beat myself up about it, well not too much anyway.

When I completed the C25K program a few months ago I decided that the next logical step was to try the Bridge to 10K program.  Even though I can't get 5km out in 30 minutes I wanted to run for longer.  Sadly I am still on week one of that program.  Turns out I didn't have as much in me after 5km as what I thought I did.  

Despite the 10km feeling a little out of my league I have not given up.

The school holidays made it a little trickier than I would have liked to maintain my three times a week runs.  Though really I am just making weak excuses.  I did manage to get a few in here and there and had I really wanted to I am sure I could have gotten a few more in.  It was just easier to say having the kids around made it harder.

Not going three times a week really made it harder for the times I did get out there.  To save my morale from completely diminishing I decided to head back to the C25K and do runs that I already knew I could.  Best. Idea. Ever.

You see going back to runs that I once struggled with, that I now almost breezed through felt amazing.  I felt stronger and more empowered than ever before.  Running through stages that I had previously had to walk through let me see just how far I have actually come.

For two weeks I retraced my C25K steps.  Yesterday I redid a week one run from Bridge to 10km.  It was harder than the C25K but no where near as hard as when I first started.  In fact at the end of it, despite being a little disappointed with my distance, I was over the moon with the amount of time I was actually running.

From here I plan to keep on going with the 10km program.  Finding nearly an hour to run rather than thirty minutes is a little trickier than I expected but oh so worth it.  All the running events for this area are all over for the year but I am certainly looking forward to being able to enter some next year.

Joining in with Get On With it Already for
as well as With Some Grace for


  1. stick with it. I have yet to reach that 5k in 30 minute goal too. I think my best is 35 minutes. I had just got to the point where I could run 5k without walking, though granted it wasn't fast, and then I had surgery, so it will take me a while to get back up there I think. Just have to keep doing it. I also started going to personal training once a week and found that (eventually) helped me to get a bit quicker because I was overall stronger. Any kind of running is good running!

  2. Well done on being able to run 5k even if there is a teeny break in between. That is a massive achievement and I'm so glad to read that you went back to the 5k program and realised how awesome your achievement is. When I was at my fitness peak, I still could not run solidly for a whole 30mins. I would do 5k in around the 30min mark but that is with several breaks for walking. Am starting to get back into the running. Boy oh boy, I wonder just how far back I have set myself after over a year off :(

    Thanks ever so much for linking up with TEAM Friday! Would love to hear of your continuing progress, Stacey-Lee :D

  3. I have only just heard about this running program in the past two weeks. I am intrigued. It could be what I need. Good for you for even achieving what you have.

  4. Good on you and keep up the great work! I try to run at least twice a week. 5kms in 30 mins can be tough. At the moment, I'm focusing more on trying to cover more distance than time. I did 11kms the other day - almost killed me!

  5. Best of luck with your running goals! I'm such a bad runner... Happy Team Friday!

  6. Well done on your running - starting slower and building up the length of time you run and the distance is a great way to go. I started off doing the Mothers Day Classic 4km race and then did the 10km Gold Coast run - it was great. Since then I haven't run but will be back into it towards the end of August when we get back from holiday.
    Keep up the great job that you are doing !
    Popping over from Team Friday - have a great weekend.

  7. Well done on the running! I admire anyone who can run (and enjoy it). Me, not so much.