My first run with the 5K Runner app

Thursday, September 05, 2013


I woke up today with a strange urge. An urge to run. It's a very unfamiliar feeling for me, I've been thinking about running for ages but done nothing about it. Sophie's Running Commentary posts have played a part in the spurring me on and a number of posts for Day 5 (Fit and Healthy) of Elizabeth's #BEDM challenge further whet my appetite, including Janey L who introduced me to the 5K Runner app. I bought it the day I read her post but hadn't even looked at it until this morning.

I think 5K Runner is going to prove to be a excellent trainer. He didn't flinch when I told him to 'take a running jump' and he ignored me when I moaned about running in the sunny bits and walking in the shade. I've called him Brad.

The first run is a 25 minute session, 5 mins each end of walking and the middle 15 being 1.5 mins of walking and a 1 min run. I thought this sounded easy but three years of sitting on my arse has taken it's toll, it wasn't easy. I thought I'd be able to run for a minute without any problems but they just got harder and harder.

My final minute of running as so slow, my body felt too heavy for my legs, my feet didn't really want to leave the ground. I felt Brad silently judging me. In hindsight Ed Sheeran's The A Team probably wasn't the best tune to spur me on. Stupid shuffle.

My best running minute had to be to Run-DMC's Walk This Way, I added arms for some slightly wobbly run-dancing. I run in the middle of nowhere, through woodland, with not a soul for miles. This is done so no one can see me suffer and puff and sweat, I like it this way. But if I collapse I'll do so alone, in the middle of nowhere in the woods... *thinks for a moment* I'm sure Mr Joy will come looking for me when he gets hungry.

My final 5 minute walk was completed at a good pace, with a little walk-dancing thrown in - Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger - I'm attributing this to the elation I felt knowing I didn't have to run anymore. I felt good when I got home, although the irritating label in the back of my trousers was removed almost immediately. And I'm kinda looking forward to my next walk/run. I wonder how long that will last...?

Just one question - how long will it be before my face returns to it's normal colour?

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9 comments

  1. I used to love waking up with that urge to run. I can't run anymore but can't wait to wake up with the urge to bike everywhere! x

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    1. Oh I like cycling too, not that I've done that for a while either!

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  2. I hate running I would rather do any sort of aerobics in fact any sort of exercise instead of running! Good on you though for getting out and doing it x

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    1. Running was always my thing, I have two left feet and little co ordination so aerobics isn't for me. It's long overdue so I just hope I can keep it up!

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  3. I haven't been running for about a year, but defintely feel the urge to get running again now I have discovered that I am not the only person that feels the urge to 'run dance'!

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    1. I'm pretty sure that my brother would call it flouncing but I say if it works for you, go for it!

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  4. I just bought new running shoes to motivate myself. I think I will slowly start running too :)

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    1. I'd recommend this app, I find it easier having someone tell me what to do!

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  5. I hate running...I may have mentioned it before lol. I love any sort of exercise bar running! Good on you though and its always good to have motivation x

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