Friday, February 20, 2015

The Couch to 5k - Week 2!

If you've been following my blog, you'll know I recently embarked on the NHS Choices Couch to 5k programme - in prep for the Blacklight Run in March. I'm not an experienced runner, so I thought that following a routine which enabled me to build up the time for which I'm running week on week would be perfect for me. 

In week one, the requirement was that, after a 5 minute brisk warm up walk, you run for a full 60 seconds, then walk for 90 seconds. You repeat this for 20 minutes, and follow it with a 5 minute cool down. I felt really good, and not as though I had been tested too much - so I was keen to get on to the next stage in week two!

In week two, after your warm up, you run for 90 minutes and then walk for two minutes - repeating this for 20 minutes, followed by cool down etc etc. Throughout the workout, the narrator also starts giving tips to improve your technique. For example, keeping your breathing in time with steps and ensuring you run with heel down first - to avoid injury.

While again, I was pleased to find that I didn't feel like I had been taxed too much, this week I had started to notice that I was getting into habits. The difficulty I actually found was following the new pieces of advice. After day two, my ankle started to ache a little - which propelled me to take more care in the placing of my feet in my next run.

I still have to work on my breathing. As stupid as it sounds, it can be quite difficult to adjust from normal breathing - to breathing for higher intensity exercise. That said, I'm really keen to get stuck in to week three at the weekend - and refine my technique. I'm loving the programme and my progress so far, and it's exciting to picture where I could be in the next few weeks!

Are you taking part in the Couch to 5k? Let me know how you're finding it! 

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