Have I turned a corner?

Since my last post back in February, my life has been pretty hectic.  In March I went back to University as I am currently completing a year long course to convert from a nurse to become a health visitor.  My life has been consumed by study and essay writing!  So I’m counting down the months until life returns to normal.

In August I had a few weeks annual leave and my fiancé and I went to Bulgaria for a week.  I was desperately dieting prior to going as I have major hang ups about my chubby legs! My weight dropped a few pounds to just under nine stone, but I still felt self conscious of my legs and insisted on sitting around the pool in board shorts!

Anyway, while I was there I felt super crap about myself as there were women parading around with their super toned bodies wearing thongs! So, I have decided that I am fed up with feeling like this and I am now ultra motivated to do something about it.  On my honeymoon next year, I don’t want to be wearing my board shorts.  I want to wear bikini bottoms (not a thong!) and be able to walk around confidently! I want toned legs….

So, upon return from holiday I started doing pilates (check out blogilates.com).  I am currently working through the beginners calendar and jeez does it hurt! The first week I did it six days in a row and it felt like every muscle in my body was hurting!  Last week I started jogging again on my treadmill too. Hooray!  I ditched C25K earlier in the year and decided that this time I didn’t want to use it.  I felt too pressured by it.  This time I wanted to go with my body, stop giving myself a hard time and just enjoy jogging.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. I set the treadmill for thirty minutes (4 mph) and then record my jogging times on my phone. Last week I started jogging at intervals of 8,5,5 minutes and on 27th August managed 11,5,4,3 (23 mins). Then yesterday I jogged for 20 minutes, walked for 2, then jogged for 8 minutes!!!! I really don’t know how I have done that as I’ve only been back on the treadmill for two weeks. All I can put this down to is the pilates? Has working on my core strength complimented the jogging?

When I was doing the C25K I was really hung up on my breathing. In fact I felt like an asthmatic and was starting to wonder if I had sports induced asthma.  But, breathing doesn’t seem to be a problem now either.  I feel like I am breathing deeper from lungs and maintaining a steady rhythm.

So, is this the pilates? Or is this psychological because I have stopped giving myself a hard time?

I’m looking forward to my next run early in the week. If I don’t manage to jog for longer, I’m not going to beat myself up about it. The good thing is that I’m doing something good for my body. That’s all that matters.
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Couch to 10k (Week 1 Day 2)

My legs are aching today, but despite the mild discomfort I have been looking forward to my run.

I met some friends for lunch, one of whom I had not seen for twenty years and funnily enough we used to go jogging together when we were about thirteen! It’s usually quite difficult to eat healthily when eating out, but luckily it was a Harvester and I opted for a grilled chicken breast, jacket potato and salad.

After a lovely afternoon reminiscing I headed home to complete day two of the Couch to 10k app, which was actually the same jog/ walk times as day one.

Despite the ache in my muscles, I finished it without too much bother and added on another twenty minutes 8% incline walk, which I could really feel pulling through my entire leg.

I’m feeling really exhilarated and excited about this whole running thing, but I don’t believe that I will ever be able to run 10k!

Tomorrow will be a rest day, but I’m so looking forward to the final day of week one on Tuesday!

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Couch to 10k (Week 1 Day 1)

It has been six months since I last went to they gym. As a result, my weight has crept up.  I have put on 10lb in eight weeks over Christmas! Arghh!

I feel so uncomfortable in my skin that I decided that it is time to take action and have bought myself a treadmill. Don’t get me wrong, I am not overweight, in fact my BMI is healthy, but my body lacks tone.  Some muscular definition in my legs would be great, but I find it hard to believe that my legs could ever tone up!

So, yesterday I started the Couch to 10k app, which consisted of a five minute warm up and then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. I’ve realised that I have failed at my previous attempts to run because I try to run too fast and burn myself out quickly, so I kept a slow pace. Running at 4mph and walking at 3.5mph.

I’m ridiculously unfit because I was huffing, puffing and could feel it in my legs by time I had finished! But, I am happy to have taken this step. I really hope I can stick to it.  I really cannot imagine being able to run 10k. That would be a huge achievement for me!

Anyway, today I met a friend for lunch. We went to La Tasca for tapas, which unfortunately doesn’t feature in my healthy eating plan.  So, I decided to hop back on the treadmill for a fairly easy incline walk which turned into a little jog at the end! I actually managed to jog for five minutes!

To all you hardcore runners out there, I know five minutes is nothing, but for me it’s a big deal!!!

So tomorrow is day two of the Couch to 10k app and you know what…. I can’t wait!!!!