I hate running, it is probably my least favourite form of exercise. It’s monotonous, it hurts, it’s not very social, and I have no stamina. I’d much prefer to exercise with other people by playing a team sport, being in a ballet class, or even an exercise class. I can almost trick myself into thinking it’s fun if I’m doing it with other people.
But I’ve started running.
I’ve heard of the Couch to 5k (C25k) a few times since last year but never had any desire to find out more. A couple of months ago a neighbour, Bible study group member and friend, Liz, told me that she and a friend had started the C25k. I don’t know what it was, but just by talking to her about their running she inspired me to give it a try.
So I downloaded an app on my phone (there are so many out there, I downloaded the one pictured here because it was free) and I went for my first run.
Down the bottom of our street there is a walking/cycling track that runs along a river. This is where I ran. During the first week you run for 60 seconds then walk for 90 seconds for eight sets. Parts of it was a struggle, there were moments when I thought “I’ll just walk the next one”, but I got through it without giving up.
Later on when I got home I had trouble flexing my feet and had some pain in my shins for the next few days. This scared me off running. I didn’t want to hurt myself again.
Last weekend I was talking to my mum about running as she recently did the City to Bay. I told her about the C25k and we decided to do it together, though separated in different cities. So we tell each other when we’ve completed a day’s run to encourage and motivate each other. We’ve now both completed week one, and I did the first run of week two this afternoon. I now run around the park (on the grass) at the end of the street and I haven’t had any problems with my shins.
I still have no love for running, but this program and doing it with mum have motivated me to keep going. I even don’t mind doing it by myself, I can run at my own pace and I can do it whenever works for me (though I admit that sometimes scheduled running might be a better motivation). I’m not sure what will come from this, but I’m exercising and that’s good enough for me.