Couch to 10k – Week 2

Week two is now complete!

This week was one and a half minutes jogging and two minutes walking for twenty minutes plus five minute warm up and cool down. On Thursday I managed to add on an extra four minute jog .

On Saturday I had spent five hours doing housework so was already tired when I got the treadmill. I completed the programme although wasn’t 100% motivated to do it that day. I tried to jog for an extra four minutes at the end, but my energy stores were depleted and only managed two minutes.

I am still taking it slow, jogging at 4mph and walking slowly at 3.3mph to recover. But, I noticed each time I completed a session I had only covered a distance of approximately two miles which is hardly 10k!

So, I decided to try another 10k phone app on my third run of the week.  The new app had me jogging/walking for a total of 46 minutes instead of 30. This included five minute warm up and cool down. Week 2 day 3 on the new app suggested running for one minute and walking for 4 minutes repeated eight times. I had been jogging for one and a half minutes with the other app, so decided that I would adapt this one and jog for one and a half minutes instead, which equalled a total of twelve minutes jogging. I added another three minutes on the end and it took me up to a distance of three miles.

Completed it with success and noticed a slight improvement in my breathing. I have also noticed that recovery time seems to be getting quicker and muscular aches are not so bad as week one.

I have also decided to keep a personal photo log of my body and have taken pictures of myself in shorts this week and last. I am doing this as a visual aid to inspire me to keep going. It’s not a pretty sight! I definitely won’t be posting these pictures! But, I recommend giving it a try, because it certainly makes you realise that there is work to be done on your body!

Can’t wait to start week three on Tuesday!

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Mindfulness Art Journal Page

I recently completed a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course at work, which is what inspired this page.  Mindfulness is all about being present from moment to moment and helps you to gain a greater understanding about yourself through meditation practices.

The meditation helps you to tune in to your body and mind and gives you a shocking insight into your own head! It has made me realise how much I worry and how stressed I have been feeling and has enabled me to take steps to look after myself a little better.

The fairy in this acrylic painting was inspired by the wonderful artwork by Suzi Blu.

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I’m moving in!

Well, the time has come to say goodbye to my old blog over on blogger and move into my new home here on WordPress!

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Over the past year or so Google made so many changes that the blog was no longer fun because there wasn’t any flexibility to make it look good.

So here I am….I just need to get to grips with the functions on here!