Monday, 21 September 2015

Couch to half marathon?

I have been very quiet on the blog the past few weeks. I am still here, I promise! I have been suffering from a bad chest infection that just does not seem to want to disappear. It started end of August and after three weeks of a mucus cough I headed to the drs after the pharmacist recommended it. The nurse saw me and is unsure if its asthma which could be fitness induced or an infection. She sent me away with antibiotics a peak flow checker and an inhaler. The antibiotics have now finished and the cough is still there. I felt better though and was told I could still do my walk/run programme but to listen to my body. The asthma check up is in October and I am holding out to then....
 



 
I cant sit around doing nothing though, especially as I am one of the ambassadors for Too Fat To Run. The runs have still been in place however I did have to take a week off due to the tightness and the general Yuk feeling that comes with being run down. 
 
One of the school mums who has become a friend has teamed up on a Friday morning to be my running buddy. We seem to be at the same stage and both start walking or huffing at around the same time, give or take a little and we both encourage each other. Our run for now is around a local lake where the park run take place so obviously our first aim is try to get to 5k within 40 minutes...
 

That's not an easy time for us running newbies. My running buddy is fit and can lift my body weight but running is still proving hard for us both. I think we do need to work on our breathing technique as that seems to be what slows us down.

I cant make outdoor runs as often as I'd like due to child care issues so I do train on the treadmill too. I am currently just aiming at improving my one mile time and it is getting there. The speed stays the same but I am finding I can run slightly longer each time before having to stop and walk.


So I am following the 5 weeks to 5k plan in my own little way. Here is what I have been doing so far for September... considering I did nothing really before I am impressed that I am running three times a week and a strength workout on top of that too on a Thursday.


 
Friday we did the 5k but just walking fast. We were both feeling yuk and needed the fresh air and motivation but didn't want to exert our bodies too much. I think its crucial we listen to our bodies. Mine was craving out that it wanted to do a little jog but I didn't wear my workout gear so couldn't. (I have specific running shoes where my gait is corrected to help avoid injury).
 
Not running on Friday meant I craved it today. It was pouring with rain and generally a miserable Monday morning. I decided an outdoor run was what I wanted and as Daddy M was hope it was -do-able. I managed one lap of our circuit which is one mile. I found I ran slightly longer again before stopping and didn't need as long to walk/recover before starting again. However half way around I struggled with my breathing again. My chest felt tight and i started to wheeze. This was not good. My inhaler was back home as I had not needed it. I decided the one lap would be all i would do. My chest recovered after 5-10 minutes sat down in the car, and I felt not as heavy after a few puffs on the inhaler once I reached home.
 
So where do I go from here? I am going to continue both training on the treadmill and outside come rain or shine BUT carry my inhaler at all times. I have got in my mind that I really REALLY WANT to run a half marathon before I turn 30 next year too. So... that's what I am going to do. I'm going to complete it a week before my big birthday. The Liverpool rock n roll half marathon. Grandma and Grandad M have said they will babysit the girls so there is no excuses now.
 
Well I say no excuses. I am still waiting for my operation date to remove my varicose veins. In the mean time I a going to plan and act like its not going to happen and when it does will have to listen to my body and hope it heals quickly.
 
Do you run? Have you ever ran a half marathon, is there any advice you could give a newbie runner who has caught the running bug?
 
 
 
 


22 comments:

  1. Best of luck with your running. A few months back I couldn't run 1km and now I can run 20km no problem. I'm now training for the London Marathon.

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  2. I don't run but I'd love to be able to. I'm so unfit, and really struggle though so I put it off. I know I should just follow a couch to 5k app but I think deep down I'm also just too lazy :/ xx

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  3. Good luck! You are doing really well - I'm impressed :)

    Claire
    x

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  4. You are doing so well! I would love the start running again - I used to run when I was younger but I got old and lazy!!

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  5. Wow! Go you! I did a 5k buggy push last weekend and it really took it out of me. Well done on doing it though. Best of luck x

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  6. Oh no I hope your feeling better now - you are doing amazingly! Go you! x

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  7. It looks like you are working hard and have planned well. Wishing you lots of luck!

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  8. Sounds like you're making great progress so keep at it!!! Hope the chest infection clears up soon so you can get back to training properly :)

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  9. You are doing so well, so much better than I would ever manage to do x

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  10. Well done!! I love running and would love to do a marathon but every time I get up to about 5km something goes wrong and I end up injured :-( Will try again when I get over my latest injury...

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  11. Hope you are feeling better! Good luck with the challenge! x

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  12. You do a great job! I can't run 1km to save my life, let alone five. My husband started running at hte end of August and is now running 10km. He says he won't run with me for the obvious reason I stated above. I will stick to the treadmill instead.

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  13. Wow, that's amazing! I'd love to go running, but I'm more of a walker. Keep up the good work!

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  14. You're doing so well, especially considering the chest infection! I always start running then give up again. Bad me!

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  15. You're doing so well!! I have a rule - I only run if something is chasing me ;)
    X

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  16. Are you using the NHS Couch to 5k app? I tried it out after reading a blog post somewhere and it made me feel faint and I got a headache that lasted over 24 hours. It's put me off running at the gym, so I just go on the cross trainer now. I think I should have drank more water beforehand though

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  17. Good luck! It sounds like you're doing really well! I used to run when i was younger but i'm so unfit these days I don't think id be able to run 400m! x

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  18. I am not and never have been a runner. Good for you doing so well.

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  19. Sounds like you are progressing well, even with the bad chest! My daughter has asthma, she takes her pump about 30 minutes before she exercises which helps her loads. She also finds the cool weather affects her lots, she uses one of those neck tube scarf things (no idea what their actually called) over her mouth to stop the cold air getting straight to her chest. I know you don't have a diagnosis of asthma yet but thought these ideas might help you. Good luck xxx

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  20. Oh well done! I can't run for a bus let alone anything else! Good luck! Kaz x

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  21. Good on you!!! Running just ain't my thing, but I really enjoyed getting fit in the gym before I had my girls. It's gone a bit by the wayside since, but still hoping and planning to properly get back into the swing of things. Good luck with your 5k! x

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