Couch to 5k – One Mama on a Mission

I hate exercise! That’s any form of exercise; gym classes, weight training, running, swimming. I hate them all. Obviously I’m aware of the benefits of exercise but quite frankly I don’t have time. Yes I’m one of those people. The people who say they don’t have time to work out but have plenty of time to sit at home, eating crisps and watching MasterChef. You’d never see me out jogging round the local park so everyone’s reaction came as no surprise when I agreed to take part in the couch to 5k  challenge.

I hate exercise! You'd never see me out jogging round the local park so everyone's reaction came as no surprise when I agreed to take part in the couch to 5k challenge.

Now I’m by no means over weight. My hips are a little wider than I’d prefer and my ass jiggles when I walk up stairs but aside from nitpicking, I’d say I’m pretty happy with my figure – although this is not taking into account my rather sad excuse for a pair of tits. No amount of exercise is going to rectify my deflated fun bags! Boobs aside I’m not doing this to lose weight, I’m doing it get healthier.

Rory is nearly fifteenth months old. Add on the nine months I was pregnant and that’s two years since I last visited a gym! OK, so I haven’t spent two years lounging around. Although now that I’m back at work I’m spending considerably more time sat on my ass. I’ve also conveniently managed to land a desk right next to the biscuit tin. I’m not usually one for sweet stuff but when you’ve got a packet of chocolate Bourbons staring you in the face, it’s hard to resist. Never mind baby weight, at this rate I’ll need another year off just to lose my biscuit weight! 

Anyway, I digress. When my friend Claire – fellow blogger and mom of one – first told me about couch to 5k I was a little apprehensive. These things always seem like such a good idea at the time but they never work out the way I hope. Clearly I imagine that after one session my inner (very inner) fitness freak will emerge and I’ll become the female version on Joe Wicks! As expected Monday evening rolled round and I was dreading it. After bathing the child I wanted nothing more than to stick on my PJ’s and settle down (with a glass of wine) to watch Corrie: I mean seriously, how gripping is it at the minute? But instead off I went to dust off my sports bra and long lost gym leggings.

We met outside our local Co-op. Once we got the awkward introductions out of the way I was happy to see that everyone appeared to be on a similar fitness level. But this didn’t stop me from worrying. More so when I got stitch during the warm up! As we missed the first week my main concern was lagging behind – as well as accidentally stepping in dog mess. But I actually surprised myself.

I hate exercise! You'd never see me out jogging round the local park so everyone's reaction came as no surprise when I agreed to take part in the couch to 5k challenge.

The sessions consisted of 90 seconds running followed by 90 seconds of walking. Something which definitely got my heart rate going but was more than manageable. In total we covered just over 4k. Next week’s session will be a little harder with two minutes of running and 90 seconds of walking. I think the thing which I found really great was that we did it as a group. There’s strength in numbers. Not only does it make running easier but you don’t feel as daft. Who cares if the local youths heckle you when your doing it with you’re girl gang!

I may have started the session feeling nervous but by the end, do you know what? I felt flippin fantastic! But before I get carried away I’m fully aware that it’s only the second week. Things are clearly going to get harder and I highly doubt I’ll be the next Paula Radcliffe. Nevertheless I’m feeling motivated. Dare I say it, I’m even looking forward to next week…but only a little!

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  1. May 3, 2017 / 8:26 am

    I’m a little bit in awe! I’ve always been ridonculously fat until I finally managed to lose a bitch ton of weight, didn’t stuff my face in my second pregnancy, and then lost a bit more. I’m fairly happy with being a size 12 for the first time in my life, but I want to get fit too. I joined a gym, went for a couple of months, life took over and I gave up! I’d love to try something like this with a group, sounds like it’s great for motivation! Well done! #BloggerClubUK
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  2. May 4, 2017 / 6:44 am

    Good luck! I feel like I’m kind of in the same situation – not really unhappy with my figure (apart from saggy boobs!), but I’m definitely out of shape. I used to love exercising before I had a child, but now I find it hard to find the time between working, toddler-wrangling and yeah, blogging. Excuses, excuses…#ablogginggoodtime
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  3. May 4, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Good luck and well done. I did it last year. I still run now and I’m so glad I got into it. I used to hate running. Now I get to eat all of the cake! #coolmumclub
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  4. May 4, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Go you! I also hate running and am using the face I’m currently 35 week pregnant as the perfect excuse. But I think this campaign/event is a fantastic idea and getting fit after giving birth is something I want to spend more time doing 🙂 #coolmumclub

  5. May 4, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Yay!! I love the idea of running it in a group. Although for now I feel safer saving my angry beetroot look just for those brave enough to walk their dogs at 6am haha. I’m one run away from completing week 5 and still loving it! Good luck and go you! ??? #coolmumclub
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  6. May 4, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Lovely – if I can do this – anyone can! I don’t ‘do’ running. Never did. But I did Couch To 5K two years ago when I needed to train for the Race For Life which we ran for my Mum who was going through Chemo at the time. That was a great incentive. It does get harder but it’s worth it when you’re finally running 5K. Amazing feeling! You’ll ace it. Just remember to breathe – that was always my nemesis!! Can’t wait to see your progress. #bloggerclubuk
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    May 4, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Well done you. My hubby used an app for something similar and was suprised at how good it was. Keep it up I am very impressed ? #stayclassymama

  8. May 4, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I am so jealous right now! What a fabulous way to get healthy. I used to love running but now can’t exercise due to a knackered knee. Way to go you, you should feel really proud! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ?

  9. May 4, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Go girl! I’m a huge advocate of Running for Mums as a way to get fit, feel amazing and get out of the house to run freeeee! People forever tell me they couldn’t run – and I was like that too, but find the joy in it and that’s the first hurdle overcome. I look forward to watching your progress! Best of luck xx

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  10. May 5, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I started the couch to 5k earlier this year and it’s fallen by the wayside (mainly because I had to take time out twice due to injuring myself). I think having a group to do it with would have helped keep me motivated though – doing it solo makes it harder to stay motivated. I keep meaning to start again at some point. Wishing you the best of luck with doing it. #sharingthebloglove

  11. May 5, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Good on you! I used to be a regular gym goer, then baby came along and i ended up ‘taking time off” haha! i have just booked a holiday so need to get my arse in gear!! You may have just inspired me!! 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  12. May 5, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I’m just walking 4-5 miles a day (or trying to at least when the weather isn’t terrible), but this type of training sounds very intriguing. #stayclassymama

  13. May 5, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    What a great idea to do it in a group. I tried the app on its own for a 5k race last year and it definitely helped. Must admit I haven’t been out running since though but it did help me get the bug for fitness back as I go to a circuit class twice a week now. #sharingthebloglove
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  14. May 6, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    What a great idea! I completely agree doing it with a group of people is much more motivating than going to the gym on your own. Also I like being outside, I get really bored running on the treadmill. Good work! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!
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  15. May 6, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Couch to 5k does sound like a fab plan. I’ve taken to classes (well at least for the last 2 weeks anyway ;), i have used every excuse under the sun to sit on my arse but enough is enough and I am motivated. Good luck with it x
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  16. May 7, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Oh I love that you felt flippin fantastic and how fab to do it in a group! Seriously, well done you! Just amazing. You will feel so much better for it too #CoolMumClub

  17. May 9, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Well done for doing it! I agree doing it together not only motivates you to do it, but you don’t feel silly. Some friends and I are starting to go on walks twice a week in the evenings. Its a nice way to do some exercise and get out too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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  18. May 10, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Well done you! I really need to sign up to something like this soon – I also hate the thought of exercise but I know that if I had something to aim for and a group to motivate me I’d probably actually enjoy it! x #coolmumclub

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