I’m up to week 3 of the Couch to 5k programme. Hooray! When the lady on my Run Double app tells me to run, I obey.
I’ve been delighted to discover that my poor old body actually possesses some muscle memory. The runs have got me all sweaty and breathing deeply, but they haven’t felt too hard if I compare them with how I felt starting out last year. My body is also enjoying the after-run stretches as I have graduated from ‘stiff-as-a-board’ to ‘kind-of-looking-like-I-might-be-planking’ status.
The car park has turned out to be an excellent place to run as I slowly build up my stamina. It’s large and flat. The area I live in is surrounded by hills (it’s Wellington, after all), so once I feel ready I will hit the streets.
I thought I would write down my goals to keep myself accountable:
- To be running 5ks by the end of August. I should be there by mid-August at the rate I’m going, but I’m allowing myself a little wriggle room for the weather. July is a notoriously soggy month here.
- To run a 5k charity run/walk for A Girl Called Hope mid-September.This charity really is amazing. They work with young women who are struggling with issues such as addiction, depression, and eating disorders. The girls live-in, and receive holistic care so they can be restored to full health. It’s not a stretch to say that this charity changes lives. Read some testimonials here. I wanted to run this last year but I would have been almost 8 months pregnant. This year it’s going to happen.
- Get myself up to running 7ks by the end of the year.
- Find another charity event to run in.