Gait Analysis.

Well the couch to 5K program is going well.

I compeleted day 1 of week 4 yesterday.

5 minute warm up walk, 3 minute jog, 90 second walking, 5 minute jogging then  2m 30secs walking, then repeat.

Yes, two lots of 5 minute running!!! I thought 3 minutes running last week was tough, but I did it.

The thought of having to run for 5 minutes non-stop was slightly nerve racking.

But this program is made so that the increases are do-able.

And with Gaga blaring out in my headphones, singing ‘I’m on the edge of glory…’ it kept me going.

I was on the edge of glory, then I got there, and I did it again for the second section. Non-stop running, for 3 and 5 minutes.

Reading several forums and the C25K facebook page, running is majority mental preparation. If you have a positive attitude, you can do it.

I tried and I have done it.

I think booking in for my 1st 5K run in March has really helped me. If I think of having a day or two off, I’d be behind with the program schedule and might not make the race.

 

So today, I had my gait analysed.

I’d bought some supposedly running shoes from JJB sports. They were very helpful in the store and the trainers did feel comfy.

Well, today I went to Ribby Hall sports shop, who proceeded to tell me that the ‘running shoes’ from JJB sports were just a basic trainer, no real support at all.

So on I went to have my gait analysed. Basically you get on a treadmill, and they film from behind, fliming your running technique. (yes, filmed from behind, butt in full view!)

I did warn the guy that I’d never been on a treadmill before, I had images of me flying off the back of it!

It’s a weird feeling being on the treadmill, it just feels as if you’ve no control at all, can’t regulate the speed or anything.

Anyway, I managed it, and as soon as he saw me, he said I had a fairly large over-pronation of my left foot. Basically my left foot turned inwards a hell of a lot. Watching it back on the screen, my leg turned in that much, it actually looked like my ankle had broken!

So he proceeded to get me a few pairs of proper running shoes, that would give me the correct support for this pronation.

And I’m pleased with the results.

A really comfy pair of running shoes, with a colour that means you will certainly see me coming! They will help my posture, and will make me continue this running lark, being as I paid £55 for them! Although that’s quite a decent price as some of the shoes in the shop were over the £100 mark!

So tomorrow I plan to complete W4D2, although, being on a late shift, I’m gonna have to get up early and run before work. Which means running in daylight! I’ve only run in darkness before, people can’t see the beetroot faced, newbie runner in the dark! So I’m gonna brave the daylight, and get the 5 minute runs done again.

I shouldn’t really look at the weeks coming up in the program, because week 5 starts off with 3 x 5 minute runs, and ends on one 20 minute run!!!!

But every week, I’ve looked at the next week and thought, no way. But I get through each week fine. Legs feel like jelly sometimes, and I know that I’ve had a work out, but I’ve done it.

So as others, elsewhere have said, have faith in the program.

And here’s to my Sports relief 5K run in March. A quick blatent self promotion and request for sponsers, any amount would make a difference.

You’ll not only keep me on the fitness/running program but you’ll be helping out people all over change their lives forever.

Here’s a the link to my giving page…http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/andreabarber

Thankyou.

 

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5K run in March!!!

Well, I don’t know if I’m running before I can walk (excuse the pun) but after finishing week one of the ‘couch to 5K‘ program, I’ve only gone and booked a 5K run in March! Yep, an official run, one where you wear a number and supposedly look like a proper runner!

Eek!!!

Although, I have enjoyed this week, and have got along really well with the walk/run program of it all.

Gradually over the next 9 weeks I will hopefully get to the stage of running the whole 3 miles!

I’m easily put off, never really finish anything I start. Hence the booking the race. It may just be the motivation I need to actually accomplish something.

The race in question is the 5K run for sports relief on March 25th. The week before is my last week of the program, so if all goes well, I should have already run the distance.

So as well as a personal accomplishment, I will be raising money for Sports relief, a very worthy cause.

If you wish to donate, my page is here, any donation, however small will be gratefully received.

So hopefully in 3 months time I can come back here and shout, Yay! I’ve done it!

Couch to 5K in 3 months!!!

Well another few months since posting, Xmas, new year and birthday have all gone by. May post on them later.

But for today it’s all about running! Yes I said running!

The beginning of the year always gets people thinking about how the new year can be different, what people want to change in their lives and setting new years resolutions.

I haven’t really set a new years resolution, but wanted to blog about my activities tonight.

I have never been into much exercise, scoff at mates at work who go running for fun, but tonight, I did it! I completed my first run!

Basically I found an app on my phone, called Couch To 5K running plan.

Of course there is a facebook page, blogs and forums to help you along. So off I go looking into it sat on my couch in my warm living room.

I start to feel quite motivated, thinking maybe I should give this a go. It starts you off at a slow pace, running and walking alternately, gradually increasing the pace until after 9 weeks you are running 5K!

The motivation of reading all about it actually got me up, into some sort of running gear that I could find at the back of the wardrobe (need to visit a sports shop I think) and off I went.

You start the app on your phone, headphones on, the app plays your music. Then this is interrupted by prompts to walk and run when the time is right. A brisk 5 minute warm up walk was followed by 60 seconds of running alternating with 90 seconds of walking. Then a brisk 5 minute walk to cool down.

Its great, I love it. I found it ok, yes it got my heart racing, made me sweat, but I wasn’t struggling too much. The area where I live is great for this kind of activity, lots of pathways on the prom and lots of circular routes I can take.

This was todays route

http://www.rundouble.com/?id=334221#map/334221

Ok, it’s only 1.92 miles but its a start, and it does increase as the weeks go on.

There’s all sorts of stats connected with the app, and of course you can download them to their website and update your facebook profile with your accomplishment.

The plan has you out three days a week, so my next planned run/walk is Wednesday.

I plan a visit to a sports shop to get some decent running gear and lets see how this progresses!