My plan is to take part in a number of charity runs. I don’t know yet exactly how many events or what distances I will do. So far I have booked my place for two events, a 10k and a 5k and I’m trying to get running fit for those! It’s a lot harder than it sounds!
To this end, I started training at the end of January doing the popular C25K program (couch-to-5k). I also started a diet hoping to get down to a reasonable weight by the time of my first race. So far, so good! I’ve managed to lose around 7 kilos (or about 1 stone and 1 pound in old money!) and just last week I managed a 3.2km (2 miles) non-stop run! I know it probably sounds ridiculous to all those who run 5k/10k and half marathons/marathons, but for me it is a very satisfying accomplishment!
Of course, in order to undertake such rigorous training I needed the right equipment, so I got myself a heart rate monitor (HRM), I installed Couch to 5K Tracker by RunDouble for my Android phone and got a pair of bluetooth headphones so that I can listen to… Madonna! And after acquiring all of the above and base layers to cope with the ridiculous temperatures (even in March!) I was ready… for greatness!
At the time of writing, I’m on the 6th week of the C25K and from the next training session it’s all running, no walking! One slight change that I did recently was to replace the Couch to 5K Tracker app with Endomondo. If you would like to add me as your virtual training buddy go to my Endomondo profile.
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