Tuesday, 20 May 2014

#SpoonieRunning - A Journey From Couch to 5k: Week 9

Monday 21 April and the mantra for the beginning of the week was rest. As all of last weeks runs had me in bed I knew that I needed some more rest. I also had an interview booked in on the Thursday so knew that I had to prioritise and that I needed to ensure I was rested so my brain would co-operate. A lot of the week was spent in bed. Again I was finding that by the afternoon I was struggling and unable to be upright.

I decided that I would embark on Week 6 of the NHS Counch to 5k plan on Friday. My mind was set. I even brought a proper running top. A fab Primark find and very purse friendly. I then developed lycra fear and was worried I would scare the wildlife. But its ok, its still chilly in the mornings so I still get to cover up - hurrah.

Thursday was tiring and I ended up in bed not long after I came home. I erm also ended up with some tummy issues - pizza of doom the night before it was loaded with jalapeƱo peppers eep they dont like me.

I got my running kit out ready but told myself if I wasn't feeling well then I wouldn't go.

So Week 9 of my journey and the start of Week 6 of the Plan
Again week 6 is split into 3 different runs (I completed two this week)

Run 1 (Friday) - 5 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 10 minutes running, 3 minutes walks and a final 5 minutes running (warm up and cool down is a five minutes walk - though I do a bit extra).

So I woke up feeling fine and decided that I would just see how I went. I went fine. In fact I was moaning that the walking intervals were just too long. But I did stumble for the last 60 seconds, I couldn't do it, it coincided with a short sharp slope and because of my knees I finding running up this difficult so I normally walk it and then resume, but I just couldn't do it. But I did walk on for a bit and then fitted in that last 60 seconds.

Wow.

Erm hello lovely, lovely bed.

I really wasn't well.

Run 2 (Sunday) - 10 minutes running, 3 minutes walking and 10 minutes running (warm up and cool down is a five minutes walk - though I do a bit extra).

I hadn't planned on going out. As I really hadn't been feeling well but I decided to just see how it went.

I was really tough but I made it through.

Another week done and dusted.

Please note:
I don't want people to read this and get the wrong idea and think ME is made better through exercise. It isn't. I know my body, I know when and where I can push or try to push my limits. I know that I have had periods when this would have been lunacy and would have made me worse and jeopardised my future.

Please don't use my experience to try and push someone who it isn't right for or they are not ready as it could further damage their health.

For people with chronic illness/disability exercise and making a positive change doesn't have to mean getting all sweaty there are many simple stretches that you can do in a chair and some that can even be adapted to do in bed (search chair exercises for limited mobility), but again I urge caution it is not right for everyone. If you or someone you care for do decide that you/they want to try and increase fitness my advice is always to consult with your doctor first.

Previous posts:
#SpoonieRunning - A Journey from Couch to 5k
#SpoonieRunning - A Journey From Couch to 5k: The Journey So Far...
#SpoonieRunning - A Journey From Couch to 5k: Week 8

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