Well, having an event like a Wedding to motivate you to lose some weight is great but now I have nothing. I don't want to fall into the trap of gaining a new pound of weight every day now I'm a married woman and all that, so I've taken up a little running! I'm not teaching any classes at the moment due to me not having the same time each week free to teach one, so being able to run straight from home is perfect!
Whenever I have ran in the past, no matter what my current state of fitness was, I've felt like a ton weight. I just thought my body wasn't built for running. I still don't think I'm a natural runner, and I never will be. After Christmas, my friend Laura started using the app RunKeeper, so thought I'd also give it a try. It gives you a program to follow depending on what your goal is. I selected 'Beginner 5K'. I was quite surprised to see that it was expecting me to run every other day, but I managed to keep up.................during January anyway!
I am sticking to the programme, but not necessarily the frequency it's suggesting!
It alternates 3 different types of run. The first being a shorter, steady/moderately paced run between 2.4km and 4km. The second being an interval run, where I have to alternate a fast pace for a period of time followed by a lower intensity jog a number of times (these are my favourite!). The third workout is a 45 minute steady run, getting me used to moving for that duration of time (good music is necessary to get me through this one!).
I'm quite pleased with the progression over the last 8 weeks. I have progressed from an average pace of 7.01 mins/km to 5.59 mins/km. If you are a regular runner, you will know that this is not an impressive pace, but for an unnatural runner, I'm happy.
I have ran a 5K in 29 minutes before, so I'm hoping that I can break 25 minutes by this Summer.