I’m a middle-aged mum who started running in December 2012, using the wonderful NHS couch to 5k programme podcasts and the website for moral support.
I’m slow and steady. I may be slow, but I can keep going (when I’m in the right mood). I also like taking photos, especially close-up pictures of wildlife.
15th Dec 2012: Week 1, run 1 of c25k – 60 seconds of running – hard work
17th Dec 2012: Week 1, run 2 – new shoes and didn’t manage all eight sets of 60 seconds!
15th Jan 2013: Week 5, run 3 – 20 minutes of running
9th Feb 2013: Week 9, run 1 – 35 minutes – 3.6k, 2.2 miles
13th Feb: Week 9, run 3 – 40 minutes – 4.15k (15:26 min/mile) – my ‘graduation’ run Graduation blog here
17th Feb: 54 minutes – 5.6k – first time over 5k (15:25 min/mile)
(It isn’t really recommended to increase distance by more than 10% a week, so this wasn’t entirely sensible, but I was plodding along very slowly and would have stopped if anything had started hurting.)
5th May: 100 minutes – 10k (16:00 min/mile)
31st March to mid May – 5×50 challenge, 5k or 30 min exercise every day for 50 days
18th May: Parkrun 5k in 41:18 (13:21min/mile)
June 2013 – Juneathon – exercised most days (a bit wobbly in the middle)
30th June – Race for Life 5k, 46 minutes in sunshine, rather warm (14:43 min/mile)
8th August – 5k in 43:42 in warm sunshine again (14:00 min/mile)
17th August – One mile in 10:55 – couldn’t keep that up for three miles (5k) yet, but I’m heading in the right direction. (I may have spoken too soon!)
… then a bit of a dip down towards the end of the year …
Jan 2014 – challenged myself to get back into running at least a mile three times a week (but somewhat slower than last August)
March 2014 – missing running, as I’m currently keeping indoors, in attempt to get my eczema-prone face to settle down – trying to work out what exercise I’ll do for the 5×50 challenge without going outside, but hoping to be able to get back to slow, steady running again soon