The Unconventional Runner – Week 2

Ever so slightly more luminous than last week, Week 2 of the ‘Unconventional Runners’ Couch to 5k programme showed some very promising signs of progress from the first week!

Following on from the success of last week’s run, the ladies met at the local park again for Week 2 of the Couch to 5k.

This week I got dropped off so no excuses, but the weather was pretty dreary. Lots of fog, a little bit of rain and I noticed it was a lot cooler than the week before. I layered up in my yoga leggings, yoga top, walking t-shirt and lightweight smock. Then I added two flashing arm bands and a head torch – just to look as cool as possible obviously.

In the reception as we waited for everyone to arrive we met some other runners. These guys looked the biz and were clearly Runners. They had high visibility jackets, proper running gear and all looked fit and healthy. They were also lovely, really friendly, interested in who we were and what we were doing and actually completely normal people. They asked if we wanted to join them for some reps.  I wasn’t entirely sure what that was, but it sounded like hard work. We declined and said that we were just starting on a Couch to 5k, but said we’d get in touch once we’d built our confidence up. All of them were really supportive of our efforts and I didn’t feel patronised at all. They were just all really lovely people and really welcoming. I realised that maybe my image of Runners is incorrect or at least my impression that all runners look the same is incorrect. Apparently runners come in all shapes and sizes.

Turns out: NOT all runners look like Mo Farah!

Anyway, we waved them off, turned on the various flashing lights we had, and set off.

Week two required a warm up of 5 minutes again, then a run/jog for 90 seconds and a walk for 2 minutes. The run/jog and walk is repeated in cycles for around 20 minutes and then we had a 5 minute warm down. It went really quickly.

This week felt a bit harder if I am totally honest, but I wore too many layers so overheated and I was running instead of jogging at times so I guess totally understandable. I still really enjoyed myself and I even got sweaty. Plus the ladies were all really happy with their efforts and all said they were looking forward to the following week which made me feel proud.

My partner collected me and as we were driving home mentioned that I looked really pleased with myself. Apparently I’d looked quite smug for most of the week whenever running was mentioned and I must admit that I was actually looking forward to doing more.

My leg is sore today (the next day) and I have realised that I do need to stretch still. Maybe I need to incorporate some yoga into the end of my run or maybe just do some light stretching. I really do not want to end up with a ripped calf again as it is so very painful.

I’d like to just be able to run if I am honest. The idea of having to do stuff such as stretching to enable me to run really frustrates me. It feels like more exercise on top of the exercise I am already doing and I always find an excuse not to do it. I appreciate this is a stupid way to feel, but I am just being totally honest. However, I also accept that if I am going to run well then I need to look after my body. I know I need to treat my body like the machine it is, fuel it right (chips count as fuel sometimes), keep it flexible and able to cope with the exercise I am asking it to do, but I am also lazy. The only way that I will actually do the stretching if is I add it to the end of the run and make it part of the event so I am spending this week re-learning the stretches and will do them with the ladies next week.

We’re all really enjoying it – though – and I’ll keep you updated as to our progress after our next session. And to be honest, I can’t wait for it!