Alternative title: Because nothing says “get your arse out of bed!” like knowing someone is waiting for you to start running … At 6am … In the cold. Ugh! I’m pretty sure not even the birds are awake at that hour as I only really heard them start their tweeting an hour later while I attempted to warm up in a shower set to ‘hotter than the sun’.
Week 4 has been a major milestone for me, not only did my running partner and I actually reach 5K while doing the week 4 intervals (I know right?! I’m thrilled!) … But I also managed to control my Anxiety long enough to go running with someone new (I met D the morning of the run – she’s a friend of a friend), on a route I didn’t know, for a time period longer than intended.
I not only stepped out of my comfort zone … But I also legged it for a couple of miles from there too!
I’m not a morning person, I much prefer to snooze for as long as physically possible … Even if it means wearing my hair in a messy bun for a whole week because I don’t have the time to brush it before work! So trying to adapt to the 5am alarms is proving interesting, my body acts like a petulant child as the 3rd or 4th alarm shrieks from the bedside table, it refuses to cooperate as I haul on a sports bra and I have to bribe it with the reward of a dose of caffeine to get it out of the door.
Combine this reluctance to extricate myself from beneath the duvet with the freezing January temperatures and you have one very whingey Ruebi brain … And two very whingey Ruebi lungs! Honestly, who knew that trying to catch a breath in the cold would be so difficult … I only really noticed as I tried to heave air into my lungs as we hit the half way mark and I opted to use my gob not my nose! Geez!
But you know … Something else I’ve learned with these early starts is that by the time my work day starts at 9am I’ve already dragged my ass for a 5k run (read as partially crying, partially running), treated my body to a hot shower (and coconut oil moisturising session), taken my time to eat breakfast (I am ALL about the overnight oats right now) and have a cup of coffee (ooo coffee) while catching up on the news. On the days in which I have a morning run I find myself focused, rested, calmer and alert.
I’m starting to feel the effects of the running bug … And I’m starting to suspect I like it!
Oh – and week 4 for the NHS Couch to 5k is “a five minute warm up walk, then three minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, five minutes of running, two-and-a-half minutes of walking, three minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking and five minutes of running” easy to remember that isn’t it? … Then obviously a cool down.
How are my fellow Couch to 5k’ers getting on out there? Loving it or hating it?
PS : I’ve added a Couch to 5K category so you can keep up with all my running adventures (or rather misadventures)! Awesome huh?
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