‘The Couch to 5k program is a plan developed to help absolute beginners get into jogging. The plan involves three runs per week, with a day of rest inbetween, with a different schedule for each of the twelve weeks’.
We started at the beginning of May running for 1 minute at a time, doubling the intervals every week.
Before starting this I couldn’t run a bath, let alone run between lamp posts – if I was caught up in a zombie apocalypse it’d’ve been roller blinds for me.
Dan had been jogging for around a year and seeing him losing weight, having a laugh and getting fitter made me want to give it a try.
Week 1 – 1 minute jog / 3 minute walk
Week 2 – 2 minute jog / 3 minute walk
Week 3 – 3 minutes jog / 3 minute walk
Week 4 – 5 minute jog / 3 minute walk
Week 5 – 7 – minute jog / 3 minute walk
Week 6 – 9 minute jog / 3 minute walk
Week 7 – 10 out /10 back (20 mins jog)
Dan and I decided to take part in the the Stanwick Lakes 5k at this point – finishing in a respectable time and earning my first bit of running bling.
Week 8 – 13 minute jog / 3 minute walk
Week 9 – 15 minutes jog – 2 minutes walk
Week 10 – 17 minutes jog / 2 minutes walk
Week 11 – Hill session to make us feel pain
Week 12 – Sprint Session to build speed
At times it’s been really tough, with pulled and achey muscles, illnesses and the personal mental battles week in, week out – but I’m so proud – last night I ran my first ever 5k without stopping!
On Saturday we graduate from our group by taking part in the Corby Park Run – I never thought I’d be able to do this and never thought I’d ever say I was looking forward to jogging – but I really am!
Now I’ll start working on achieving 10k with my new jogging friends.