For the past six months or so I have been umming and ahhing about starting running, I started to do a few bits of excersize previously mainly focused on toning my stomach and just to generally get fitter but that soon went out the window when my dad came to visit and cake eating creeped in… oops. So after a few weeks of saying I wanted to get started on running I have finally taken the plunge, I find it quite hard to find time to do it as I have a one year old and a job but I am definitely going to try and do it even if it’s just once a week. I am mainly doing this to try and get a little fitter and get rid of my cake belly, oh how I do love my cake. I must shamefully admit I do get quite out of breath walking up a flight of stairs or a hill.
My partner started running using a C25K app on his iphone last year and within 8 weeks he was able to do 5k, so he definitely recommended that I started on that! What the app does is that it starts anyone that doesn’t run or hasn’t ran in ages to begin with short bursts of running mixed with increments of walking, as weeks pass running time increases and walking decreases until your able to run 5k.
Today I started, I found a local park because I do not think I would be too confident running on a main road and luckily there was only about 5 people there. My partner came with me for a little bit of encouragement and because he has completed the app before so it was nice to have someone there who knew what they were doing because I totally didn’t. The app has 8 weeks with 3 days in each week to complete so obviously we started on week 1 day 1, this involved a brisk five-minute warm up walk, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Now when I first read what the plan was I did think it was a little easy but I was totally wrong, running up hill was really hard for me though flat ground was a little easier to manage, but I did manage to complete the session, yay!
This is currently my stomach it is definitely not what it used to be which is expected when you have carried a little lady for 9 months and also the fact that she weighed in at a whopping 9lb 12oz, along with the cake addiction. I also want to get out there that I am not one for taking my baby weight to heart as I am proud for what my body has achieved and although I want to tone my body I am definitely not disheartened by how my stomach looks, I would like to think that I embrace it! 🙂
Have you got any running advice? I would love to know your tips and tricks.