If you read my recent blog post looking ahead to 2017 you’ll know running was something I want to get back into. It was the first proper exercise I did, and> it sparked my passion for health & fitness. It also led me to take part in some amazing challenges including the Manchester 10k and> a sprint triathlon. However since discovering weight training, running & most other cardio has taken a back seat. This year I want to change that.

Me with 10km Race MedalCardio has a bad reputation amongst lifters as the focus on strength and> aesthetics has taken over. However cardio has so many benefits, and> is something I feel we all should be doing. It’s great for heart health, and> general fitness. Running for me is perfect cardio. You don’t need any special equipment and> you can do it anywhere.  Great if you are travelling, or away for any period of time.

Although I have done a lot of running in the past it has been about 2 years since I’ve run properly.  I head out for the odd run and> maybe do 20 minutes.  And I hate the first and> last 5 minutes, and> only enjoy around 5 minutes in the middle.  I never manage to improve much as I have no structure to my running and> in all honesty I never really push myself . And if ever  I do try to push myself I end up injured.  So this year I have decided to start a fresh, with Couch to 5k! And I am starting right at the beginning. I used to love running and> I want to get back to that.

Doing up LacesIf you saw my YouTube Video last year with a beginners guide to running you will know how much I rate the Couch to 5k programme.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch it here. Beginners Guide. Couch to 5k is so helpful for people who want to get into running.  I also think it could be great for people like me who want to get back into it after a break.  I am hoping with some structured training I can get back some of my fitness with running, and> enjoy it again. My aim is to get back to comfortably completing 5k in under 30 minutes. I have started on the treadmill and> am running at a pace that is quicker than I would usually run, in a bid to also increase my speed.

I’ve completed the first run of week 1 this week, and> I am not ashamed to admit that I found it a little bit tough.  But I love a challenge and> hopefully this gives me the focus I need to improve my running. And to enjoy it again!

I’ll keep you up to date with my progress and> let me know if you have any running related goals!