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Back to the C25K

Alternative title: The day after my dad’s funeral I showed up to the local C25K … Guinness and Jägermeister sloshing around in my stomach, Anxiety prickling at my skin and clawing at my insides, my brain very much half asleep and lost in foggy Mirtazapine induced dreams … I should have still been in bed. But I wasn’t … And I threw myself at the ice covered tracks as though I’d never been away.

It’s been 6 months since I last attempted the C25K … And it’s probably been about 6 months since I last dusted off my running shoes. I know, epic fail right? I was so full of good intentions, I was determined to complete the C25K last time … But slowly my Anxiety managed to get in the way, I started to make excuses for not going to the running group meets and eventually my sports bra was used purely to support Pinky and Perky during Yoga inversions.

In case you’re curious, week 2 of the NHS Couch to 5k is a “five-minute walk to warm up, then alternate 90 seconds of running with two minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes” which, as you can imagine, was amazing to do in the freezing cold with alcohol swilling around in my guts after approximately 4 hours sleep. Quite frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t chunder my morning oats all over the hilly aspect of that ‘beginner’ course.

With each step my brain started to wake up and realise that we weren’t still huddled under the duvet sleeping off the stress, booze and exhaustion that comes from dealing with a funeral and subsequent wake … It started to realise that instead we were outside, in the rain, doing a fairly decent impression of Bambi every time my trainers hit ice.

My brain, as it turns out, was pretty pissed at the fresh hell it was suddenly faced with and started to whinge about how ill equipped we were to deal with the Northern weather (despite being Lancastrian born and bred) and how “at any moment now” it predicted a cramp would occur and I would end up rolling in the mud waiting for it to subside while crying about jellybeans.

My brain (as regular readers of this blog will know) is a bit of a shit … And (once again) my brain was wrong.

I trudged through the final run, breath catching in my throat, fingers numb (toes not so numb), stomach telling me it was no longer sickly and was now demanding food …  A determined grin plastered on my face.

So yeah, guess this means my marathon before I’m 40 thing still stands! … What’s so funny? I’m being totally serious darn it!


Back to the C25K | LHB Blog

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one” – Eleanor Roosevelt … Preach Eleanor, preach! (FYI, I’m totally never washing these as that mud is a testament to my bloody stubbornness!)


Also I’ve been asked if I want to take part in Tough Mudder this year … What do you lovely lot think? Should I just go with a “heck yeah! Where do I sign? Gimme that pen right now!”

R x


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  1. Eek! Tough Mudder is for tough mudders, and I’m certainly not one of those! Couch to 5k sounds like a great way to train and push yourself to reach goals. #PoCoLo

    • Ruebi

      I’m definitely not a Tough Mudder … I curse myself for running at times as I’m certainly not a natural runner either! Lmao 🙂 Hopefully one day I’ll be ready for Tough Mudder, until then I’ll be happy with completing the C25K.

  2. Running and tough muddies are two different ball games. Personally I’d take the running over a tough muffler but if you like the dirt then go for it.

    I did a half marathon before 40. It was a great experience but I have gone back to my non running ways again. I hope this summer I can get back to running since both kids are big time bike riders now.

    Thanks for the glimpse into my former life. Definite go for the marathon! You can do it!!!

    Ran over from traffic jam weekend link party

    • Ruebi

      I would absolutely love to complete a marathon before I reach 40 … I have just over 8 years to train for it! I’m hoping that starting the C25K in the horrible Winter months will make it a bit easier to transition into the sunny Summer months, as while I enjoy running more when it’s warm – I always lack the motivation to do so.

      Also – I do love being muddy … Guess that means I’ll have to keep Tough Mudder as a goal!

  3. pen

    Well done you! Pen x #weekendblogshare

  4. Good for you lovely, having a goal helps – although a marathon is quite a big goal! The mud runs aren’t for me (well running isn’t either really) I’d walk miles to avoid some mud, so yep, definitely not for me! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo x

    • Ruebi

      Have to admit I’m not a ‘natural’ runner … Even at school I hated running. BUT, I find myself ready to face the day after a morning 5k so I have no idea what’s going on there. Maybe my brain is high on endorphins or something. I also love mud, that is something I have never grown out of, so maybe a mud run is in order for me! 😀 x

  5. Good for you! I think making yourself get out and do these things is usually the hardest part.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo
    (Sorry for the epically late comment)

    • Ruebi

      Oh it definitely is a mind over matter thing with running … I would love to spend all my time cuddled up in bed but getting out there for a run is something I crave (not when the alarm is going off mind but still).

      (No apologies necessary – I am terrible at responding to comments quickly!).

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