One of the things I’ve started doing again in my mornings is to incorporate a jog rather than just walk.
We have been in lockdown for over 18 months now and we are only allowed up to two hours to be outside. (During the strictest lockdown it was one hour). I like to make use of that time by starting my day with a morning walk and I find it’s what I need to get the day started. Without it, I feel out of sorts, have body aches and pains, the usual of what a 52 year old woman would have no doubt.
Well anyway, last year I did the Couch to 5K and amazingly, achieved it. I downloaded the app and then took my time in completing the runs which were addictive to say the least. I did find it hard going at times but on the whole, I overcame one of the most pressing bugbears and ideas that I held firm for many years and that was, “I’m not a runner!”
Well it turns out, that lo and behold, with some practice and determination, anything is possible.
Recently, I downloaded the Couch to 10K accidentally. (I hate how Apple iTunes makes it sneaky for you where you THINK you’re downloading a trial but in actual fact, you end up paying for the app). I paid for a 3 month subscription accidentally and then I removed it immediately but as it was sitting on my phone, I thought, “Why not?! Let’s give this a go too!)
So I’ve been doing the jogs and now into Week 5. I look forward to my jogs every day and take my time on them – sometimes I shuffle. I’ve realised that if you just take your time and don’t overdo it and also keep your breathing and keep the upper body loose that you can go further.
It also helps having a good music track to let your mind wander.
Will I make it to the 10K mark? Who knows! I’ll do as much of it as I can because I do feel at times, where the thought sneaks in and I think, “I feel like a run!” I should embrace that feeling because it makes you feel so good after it. I love those endorphins.