I’ve just completed the 5×50 challenge and want to keep up doing exercise every day, although not necessarily for 5k/30 minutes. So the Juneathon seems like a good idea. Keeping a record of the exercise I do every day does help to motivate me to do something, and it would be good to have some photos with it too.
So I think I’ll do it.
Background: I was pretty much PE-phobic at school, always very slow and lacking coordination, except for swimming. I don’t think I’d run for longer than a minute or so since I was at primary school (where I was the slowest in my class). I do enjoy walking in the countryside, though only fairly short distances in more recent years. A long time ago I did a bit of yoga, and I used to enjoy cycling, but I hadn’t done either of those for ten or twenty years.
For some reason, that I can’t remember, I started the NHS Couch to 5k (c25k) programme on 15th December 2012, with eight lots of 1 minute runs, with walks in between. I commented:
…even if I don’t get to 5k running, it has got me outside and exercising again, so that’s good – and this seems a very friendly and supportive community too.
The community is here – brilliant support for anyone new to running.
I completed the programme on 13th February 2013, and found this quote that sums up running for me:
Being allowed to do something really badly without anybody being upset is a joy.
I ran just over 3k in 30 minutes in my final week (4.1k in 40 minutes on my final run) – so I am seriously a tortoise runner, as this is slower than my brisk walk. I was overtaken by a man walking his dog on my ‘graduation’ run. 🙂 I have since run 5k and I have once run 10k (in 100 minutes).
In most weeks recently I’ve done two or three runs, and from 31st March to 19th May I did the 5×50 challenge, as mentioned above, which got me starting to doing yoga again, and cycling – including several 10k+ cycle rides, and one of 26km, on the final day of the challenge. In total, over the 50 days, I ran 54k, walked 95k, cycled 92k and did 75 hours of yoga or other exercise. So it would be a pity to lose that fitness.
I’ve also challenged myself to do a little bit of faster running – I’ve once run a mile in ten and a half minutes, and today I ran for a minute and a half at average speed of 11kph (5:26 min/km). Maybe one day I’ll be able to keep that up for 30 minutes for a parkrun. Hmmm.
And sometimes I take myself a bit too seriously. 🙂