Couch25K – Amateur Blog’s introduction to running
Hi there! Welcome to my new blog post. Recently I have joined a Couch25K programme with my local running club. I am currently half way through and this blog post will tell my story so far.
Couch25K is a run/walk approach to going from zero running to being able to run 5k. Each week, the intensity increases by increasing the run time and decreasing the walk time.
Similar to how I started cycling, which can be read in this blog post here, I had heard of a running club which is based at my work. I sent them an email explaining that I had limited experience of running but was interested in starting. I received a reply back that in a few weeks time they were starting a Couch25K programme.
I was eager to start when the first day came along. In total there were seven of us and one instructor. We had a quick introduction to find out a bit more information. The sessions are run three times a week and each week the intensity increases. The idea is at the end of the nine week programme to all run a Parkrun together.
We started by walking around the field to warm up spending a few minutes raising our knees up and then a few minutes lunging. The first session consisted of running for one minute with four minutes walking in between, repeated eight times.
At the end of the eight reps, we did a 5 minute cool down which was a similar style to the warm up. I found the first session difficult but not so difficult as to put me off completely. Sessions two and three in Week 1 were a lot easier. I suppose my body had get over the initial shock of running.
For week two, the amount of running time increased to two minutes with three minutes walking. Instead of eight repetitions there was seven. I found that I was able to run for the two minutes without any difficulty and even managed to increase my pace from the previous week.
Week three stepped up to three minutes running and 2 minutes walking, repeated six times. This week I started to struggle. I was getting a lot of pain in my ribs, which I can only assume was due to me breathing heavily. During cycling I can seem to control my breathing a lot better than running!
Week four had what seemed like quite a large step up to five minutes running and two minutes walking, repeated four times. This week the pace decreased quite a bit but we managed to keep up for the full five minutes.
As I write this blog post, I am now at the end of week 5. Compared to week four, the step up in week five was not too bad. This week was 6 minutes running and 1 minute 30 seconds walking, repeated four times. Towards the end of the week, I was beginning to feel that I could easily do more than four reps at the pace we were going.
Next week we move up to eight minutes running. Since running, I have noticed that my overall fitness has increased significantly. I have also noticed a difference during cycling as well. I am looking forward to completing my first Parkrun within the next few weeks.
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