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Couch to 5k: Training Week 1 - Session 1

Thursday, October 12, 2017

So I did something incredibly stupid today and signed-up for the Central Park Half Marathon!!!

I am not a runner but I have always wanted to be. I loved to run as a child, not in races for the most part, just around my neighborhood but I LOVED to run.

Fast forward to an overweight 46 year old and I would like to feel that freedom again, I would LOVE to LOVE something that's good for me.

I have always been somewhat envious of the countless runners who pass me each evening as I walk my dog. Running looks so liberating and it can be done anywhere, without equipment, which is perfect for me as I travel a lot for work.

Last year I discovered the NHS Couch to 5K running program. This running plan was developed to help absolute beginners get into running. The beginners' running plan was developed by a novice runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his fifty-something mother get off the couch and start running too. The plan involves three runs per week, with a day of rest in-between, with a different schedule each week for nine weeks. The plan is designed to gradually work you up to running 5K or for half an hour, in just nine weeks.

The program is delivered in the form of a podcast and I have just completed the first session in 2017 which involved 8 intervals, running for 1 minute followed by a 90 second brisk walk.

When I started the program last year I was skeptical that I would be able to progress from struggling to complete a 60 seconds run to actually running for 30 minutes but the program is brilliantly designed and has been proved to work by countless non-runners just like myself.

I completed a 5K (slowly) last Thanksgiving but I just didn't keep it up. Setting myself the goal of completing a half marathon on February 28th seems unrealistic but it will give me a focus, a goal to achieve, even if it means that, just like tonight, I simply lace up my running shoes, get outside and achieve my daily activity goal.

So wish me luck. I am excited to get started.


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