So here I am back with my 3rd blog on my tough mudder journey! I have to say blogging about my journey is actually helping as I know I need to get out and do something in order to actually have something to write about!
So here we are week 3! I ended week 2 on a bit of a low so decided I would go into week 3 with a positive mental attitude! (I can so do this, don’t be disheartened, your better than you think etc etc usual pep talk) and well I have to say it started pretty well, nice healthy home made salad for lunch on Monday followed by clubbercise in the evening where I burnt….(drum roll)….371 calories!!!! Pretty good I think (proof pictured below)
I also smashed my 10,ooo step challenge too!….. yeah I’ve definitely got this!
So moving onto Tuesday….will I still have a positive mindset…. well the answer was YES! I was pretty shocked by this too but strangely I was feeling just as positive on Tuesday. Okay so first night of couch to 5k of the week(which I did with my sister) now consisted of 2x 2 minute runs and 2x 3 minute runs with walks in between and the usual warm up and warm down. As I mentioned in my previous blogs I head up to the playing field to run circuits as there’s no one about and I can just get on with it. Tuesday night was really frosty actually it was freezing! But I’m pretty determined so didn’t let the minus 1 temptreture stop me!!!!So the grass was harder which was so much better for me to run on than the usual grass which tends to be a bit mushy, so I felt it was actually easier than usual (for the first lap anyway!) not going to lie as I hit the final 3 minute run my sister pointed out that she actually power walks the same pace that I run/jog…. which is true but I put it down to the fact that she’s taller than me and therefore has longer legs!…..and I’m sticking with that theory!. I managed to burn a total of 199 calories (again I’m not going to lie, I was actually calculating in my head how many celebrations I could now eat when I got home!) luckily I resisted temptation. So I felt pretty good Tuesday evening I ate a salad and low fat mushroom risotto, had a chat with the cousin about her 30th birthday then started on plans for my boyfriend’s impending birthday in April (I like to be organised) that still gave me a bit of time before bed to read my book ‘behind closed doors’ which FYI is amazing!!…. well worth a read if you like a good thriller (thanks to my mum for recommending it).
By Wednesday night I was not feeling so motivated at all and then my boyfriend called me to say he was going to be late, which meant I was running solo (sad face☹️) the temptation to give it a miss was huge, but knowing how rubbish I felt at the end of last week I was determined to do better this week, plus it’s in my best interest to do this or I will be the last one over the finish line come august, 19th my tough mudder date! So I reluctantly got ready and headed off to the playing field. As I mentioned I already wasn’t motivated to do the 3 minute runs I thought I would be doing so imagine my horror when I saw this ……..
2 lots of 4 minute runs!!! Like are you kidding me!! I struggled with 3 minute runs (who am I kidding I struggled with 1.5 minute runs so this is just crazy!!) my heart sank, but I knew I had to do it! So 5 minute warm up walk-standard-went well not a problem, first 3 minute run…. okay totally got this…. did okay, but was happy when I heard the voice on the app to tell me to walk (she didn’t have to ask twice) so then come the ‘biggie’ 4 whole minutes of running….. naturally I started off fairly strong for the first 2 minutes but after that point my legs started to feel like jelly and I got a stitch! (Not great) at this point I tried to picture my self in different situations, like I was just ending a marathon and I had a crowd of people cheering me on, or I was running towards the finishing line of tough mudder…. literally anything to get me through these two minutes!, when I heard the beep from my app and a voice telling me to walk I could’ve collapsed with relief (I didn’t though) but oh my god was I grateful for the 3 minute walk that followed. No sooner had I just begun to get my breath back it was time for a another 4 minutes of running, this time I didn’t even start off strong! My legs were pure jelly and I couldn’t feel my toes due to it being so cold, at this point the urge to just give up early and head home for a nice hot shower was overwhelming…. but I had made a promise to Luke (my boyfriend) that I wouldn’t give up and well a promise is a promise. I was nearly in tears by the end of the 30 minutes and felt exhausted! I really don’t think the cold weather helps either!, but when I heard that voice on my app say I had finished another session I was so proud of myself! I mean I’m the girl who doesn’t run…. ever! and if anyone had ever told me that I would be running in minus 1 conditions I would have laughed at them! But here i am doing it, that’s an achievement in its self right? So I should feel proud. Nothing felt as good as getting into a warm car with heated seats for the drive home and then the shower that followed!! It was a pretty good reward for me 😊 (if I really can’t have chocolate).
Thursdays I just love as it’s once again clubbercise time, plus I love that It’s something my sister and I do together it’s like our bonding time (bonding over excercise, who’d of thought it!) it was such a hot sweaty session and I had good calorie burn too.
Because this is a very honest blog, I will hold my hands up and say that Friday I had no session what so ever, in my defence my calfs were hurting a bit and I didn’t want to over do it, alright that is a lame excuse!, the truth is it got to Friday and the thought of heading out for a run by myself was so unappealing I decided on a movie and a chill out) I’m happy to say though that I did eat extremely healthy and between my boyfriend and I we decided to run on Saturday instead.
I actually just wanted to give a brief overview on the couch to 5k app so far, so the basics of it is by running 3 times a week and following the app’s guidelines i.e. gradual build up I should be able to run 5k in 8 weeks time. Now at the moment that doesn’t seem likely, I’m okay with the short times because I know at most it’s 4 minutes and the end is near, but 30 minutes is a whole other story! As for the app it’s self (apart from being pure evil) I quite like it, you can play music and the beeps and voice will still cut in at the correct times, and I like the gradual build up as apposed to if I decided to start up running by myself I’d just run for a few minutes get a stich and give up! using the app I find more encouraging and motivating.
So it’s Saturday! Which also means it’s my final run of the week! Feeling very HAPPY!!!!
We decided to do a late evening run at 5.15pm, again the temperature was minus 1 tonight (picture proof)
2 lots of 5 minute runs, are you kidding me!! I thought 4 minute runs were bad enough how am I going to manage 5!! Well answer to that is not very well!….. okay so the first 3 minute run was pretty hard going but I made it through just, when it was time for the first 5 minute run I was all ready at a pretty slow pace, I’m not sure if partly the reason for this was because the ground was very uneven and therefore i wasn’t very sure footed, or the other plausible explanation (and probably the one that rings the most truth) is that I’m pretty crap at running and really all I do is a jog with exaggerated arm movements (total despair face😩) Luke pretty confirmed this and reiterated what my sister had in fact told me on Tuesday, when he started to WALK next to me while I was in fact running (or whatever it is I actually do). By the end of the first 5 minute run I was feeling really annoyed at myself, it is after all only 1 minute more that I had done previously but that 1 minute feels like so much more, it feels like it’s never going to end! By the time it come round to my second and final 5 minute run my calfs felt like they were on fire! and I could barely lift my legs, and I will hold my hands up and say I was at my slowest pace yet! It’s quite possible a tortoise would’ve overtaken me (I’m exaggerating, but it probably wouldn’t have been that far behind me) I really really did at this point feel like giving up, and if I hadn’t of seen Luke watching I would have stopped and walked. Finally the ordeal was nearly over and I managed to the final 3 minute run and cool down, but I can safely say that since I started this, tonight has been the hardest and the worst I have done. I think the app should have let me do a few more 4 minutes runs before adding on an extra minute because I’m not ready for that!!!
So as I come to the end of another week and another tough mudder journey blog I don’t feel as down as I did at the end of last week, but I know I have to do so much better! I mean working my way up to run 5k is one thing but this tough mudder course is 12k! But one step at a time right!….(baby steps).
Okay I stand corrected here the tough mudder course is 12 miles not 12k, that’s even worse!!!!!! Thanks Luke for pointing that out!!!!!!
Oh and before I go just look at this gorgeous sunset I captured while running tonight (I did pause the app while taking this so I didn’t cheat, honest)
Well that’s me done until next week, littlemisskeepingitreal 💘