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!


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.



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!


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!