Couch-to-5K: First Run

by - October 01, 2017

I'm not a fit person. I never have been. I've never been into sports, I've never been athletic. Sit me in front of a TV or computer screen and I'll be happy. I don't need fresh air.

A couple of years ago, they announced that they were bringing "Run Disney" across from the US to Paris and at the time they announced it, we (Stuart and I) talked about getting ready for it and doing it. But time passed and we didn't do anything.

This year, however, Stuart (and others) did train, taking part in the Marafun back in June and successfully completed the Disneyland Paris half marathon in September in aid of CLAN, raising over £1000 in the process.

Seeing their success, through pictures and knowing that they plan to do it again next year, made me want to take part, but as previously mentioned. I'm in no fit state to be running for a bus, let alone a half marathon.

I downloaded a Couch-to-5K app, and this morning, did the first 'run'.

The majority of the planned first 'run', consists of walking. With short 60 second bursts of running. Until around the half way point, I was doing OK. The runs weren't easy, but I was getting through them. I skipped the 4th to last run, as well as the final run, but I didn't take any actual breaks - I kept walking throughout, when not running.

That's something of an achievement for me. The last time I tried this (a couple years ago now), I don't think I actually made it through the first run. I sat down and just walked home again. Defeated.

There's some sense of victory in not giving up, even if I didn't follow the guide entirely.

I'm going to try my best to complete this week of three runs and see where it gets me, at this point, I really don't know if I could run for longer than I already have been, but I guess that's the point? Build it up?

I'll check in again after the third run. If I make it that far.

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