I wrote last week about how I was starting over with Couch to 5k and really trying to get back into the swing of running. Well I am happy to say that I have just completed week 2 of the 8 week Couch to 5k program and am loving it. Ok, loving is probably not the right word, but I work up the enthusiasm, go out for half an hour, come back and feel so much better for it.
I am now up to the point in Couch to 5k where I run for about 90 seconds and then walk for 2 minutes, alternating for 20 minutes and you have a 5 minute walk to start and finish as a warm up and cool down. Running for 90 seconds may not seem very long but I couldn’t run for a bus a few months ago and would get puffed out going upstairs. I am now comfortable running that 90 seconds and can run up a flight of stairs without second thoughts – small steps but I am feeling a lot better on a fitness level already. 6 weeks to go of Couch to 5k and I am looking forward to it.
I am now at the same point I was at previously when my knees gave up but I am hoping this time the same thing won’t happen. I do find that I have twinges in one or both of my legs after a run but make sure I leave enough time between runs for my body to get used to it again, I was aiming to run every two days but until I am fitted once every 3 days seems to be working better. It does mean that a Couch to 5k week is taking me a week and a half but I would rather ease myself into it slow and steadily rather than rushing myself and ending up injured again.
I didn’t really talk about weight in my last post but I weighed myself just before my first run, a day or two before Christmas, and I weighed 11st 6lb. I got down to my Weight Watchers goal weight of 10st 10lb back in February last year and by June I was 11st 2lb. So my weight has creeped up over the course of the year and I need to get it back on track. I’m pleased to say that I weighed myself yesterday and I am now back to 11st 2lb and I feel better for it already!
I am now aiming to lose the next 6lb to get me back to my Weight Watchers goal weight and will then be focusing on getting down to 10st, my own personal ideal weight.
I’ve been having homemade Blend Active smoothies for breakfast, homemade soups for lunch and pretty normal dinners. I’m also still having a treat or two a day and am feeling a lot less sluggish. Long may it continue! I’ll keep you updated on my weight loss and fitness progress!