In January 2021 I knew that lockdown was going to drag on and the winter months felt so bleak. I wanted to look back and feel I’d achieved something. I needed a purpose to focus my mind on and I wanted some fresh air.
I decided without much thought that the couch to 5k might fit the bill. Inspired by some friends who started it on 1st January I downloaded the app and found my trainers.
I didn’t know what was involved and having never even run for a bus I wasn’t exactly a fitness kinda of person. Sure I like a walk but I’ve never done any kind of running.
I got up early one January morning and put on my hat, coat, and gloves and off I went. Everyone said you just follow what the app says.
I followed… it wasn’t as bad as I first thought.
The days turned into weeks and by week 8 I was beginning to believe I could actually finish it.
The snow came and I couldn’t get out of the house for a week which made me realize how much I was actually achieving.
By the time March came, I was still doing it and I then decided to raise some money too. By walking 10,000 steps a day for the whole of March. Alongside the running, I will be totally honest I don’t think what I was doing is called Running – it was jogging.
I won’t pretend it was easy – motivation comes from many places but music definitely helped me. The windly mornings and the birds all helped keep the mind clear and the body moving.
When I look back I’m so proud of myself – I finished the whole thing and although I wasn’t fast I could run 5k and I walked 10,000 steps for 31 days in March and raised £150 for The Samaritans.
All it took was one step – to start… and then keep going..
What could you do?