Healthy Living #8 Running 10k


Running has never been my thing, ever. In school I used to try every tactic to get out of running, in cross country me and a few friends would loop back round and find a bench to sit on while everyone else ran the full length. When I started to go to the gym the treadmill was either ignored or used as a last resort. I'm unfit and running would tire me out quickly and I felt embarrassed. 

So your probably wondering why I'm running 10 kilometres?! I was persuaded by a group of my friends that we should run together back at uni, that turned in to running a 5k race and then some how progressed into doing a 10k race at the end of September, which I reluctantly agreed to, being told that training wouldn't be that hard!

LIES. Training is hard. Especially when you're unfit like me and haven't run in years, but I've signed up and paid my money so the training is in full swing. My mum even treated me to a brand new pair of running trainers, which is these beauties above. I'm in love with them. 

I'm currently 4 weeks into my training and I'm following the NHS Couch 2 5k plan, where you do intervals of running and walking and gradually increase the running part. When I started running even a minute felt difficult, and although the start of each week and the increase in running feels impossible I've managed to complete each day and can feel my fitness improving. 

I've improved from running only 1 minute at a time to running 5 minutes, this is a huge step for me and I'm really proud that I've not only managed to stick to the plan but Im also pushing myself and improving daily. I'm aiming to finish the C25K plan by mid August as Im running 6 days a week instead of 3. After this I should be able to run 5k, I'll then work on improving until I can run 10k which should be about an hours run. 

I'm starting to enjoy running even though it can still be really difficult, especially as I run at night after getting home from work, and it can feel like a chore having to go out straight from work. I find running at night/the evening is better for me than getting up early in the morning, and the heat at the moment makes running in the day impossible! 

So wish me good luck in my training as I definitely need it. I'll keep you updated on how I'm doing, and I'd love to hear any tips you have for running a 10k, or just running in general. 


14 comments

  1. Good luck! Looking forward to reading more updates. It's certainly not easy and it can be so easy to listen to the voice in your head and give up. Sounds like you're doing a great job so far! Keep it up.

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    1. Thanks and I'll definitely be doing an update. It's so easy to just give up and not keep at it, so Im proud to have stuck with it so far.
      Emma x

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  2. Ah, good luck - you're inspiring me to get started with running. Like you though, I never ever run so I don't know how well that can go. I've been looking at the NHS couch to 5k thing too, it looks like a good way to get in to it.



    Jemma // Jemma In Words

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    1. Thanks so much and wow Im happy to have inspired you! I'd really recommend the c25k, it eases you in and if you stick to it you'll be able to run in no time! :)
      Emma x

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  3. I am currently training for a half marathon and I have been feeling some of the same things as you. It is really difficult, but I find that I am improving, which feels amazing. Best of luck to you and I can't wait to see more updates as you continue your journey!

    Xoxo Rae http://raexkay.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wow good for you!! I think seeing improvement is one of the best motivators to keep going, some days it can be a real struggle and I have to force myself to go running. Good luck with your run as well, I'm sure i'll do another update soon :)
      Emma x

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  4. Good luck good luck good luck! I regret stopping running with the app as when I finally decide to get back into it, it'll be back to square one! I dread the treadmill at gym and try putting it of haha, but I suppose you get better with time :)

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

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    1. Thanks girl! You should get back on it if you wanna start running, once you get past the first few weeks it doesn't feel so bad and is easier to stick to! You definitely improve with time though, I could barely run a minute to start and now I can do at least 5!
      Emma xx

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  5. Well done you, you're doing amazingly! It's all about the little things! I really love your new trainers too, I'm on the look out for a new pair!xx

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    1. Thanks so much! Im so proud with how well I've done. Im in love with the trainers, I'd recommend going to a specialist shop and having them watch you run and tell you what shoes will best suit your feet.
      Emma x

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  6. This post was so motivating! I'm really similar to you in the sense that I've always hated running because I was unfit, but I've recently started to take it seriously and I'm slowly but surely seeing myself get fitter! Well done for committing to a race! You should definitely write a blog post on how it goes, can't wait to hear about it!

    Emily x

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    1. Glad it could motivate you! And well done on starting running, I can definitely agree with the the fact that starting out is the hardest bit, it only gets easier, and seeing yourself improve is such a great feeling. I was SO happy when I did 3 minutes, and then a week or so later I was doing 20 minutes and that made me just as happy! Im shocked that I committed to such a big race but Im happy I did because it's forced me to train and given me a goal. I'll be doing another update soon and I'll definitely do a post on the race. Good luck with your running :D
      Emma x

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  7. I'm so in awe of you! I'm awful at running, every time I try I just fail! I need to stay dedicated, maybe signing up for a race is a good way to motivate yourself! Good luck, you'll be great
    Elise xxx

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  8. Don't be too in awe of me! I didn't actually end up running the race and I haven't run at all in 6 months! I really want to get back into and now the weather is warming up a bit I think I will :) x

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