My preparations for being fit enough to run the Manchester Race For Life in July are under way. Well, to the point that I am now pounding away on Week 4 of the Couch to 5K program and my lovely, pink Adidas Boost trainers are keeping me going!
It seems like such a long, steep journey, not helped by the fact I am totally confused by what the treadmill is telling me and everything I thought it was telling me, it actually isn’t. Total confusion, which, when you are very red in the face and have jelly like legs is not particularly fun!
I have been stocking up this week on running gear for when I venture outside… still too cold at the moment and I am still not brave enough to show off my lumps in bumps in lycra to the world… there are some things that my neighbours just do not wish to see!
Primark has totally surprised me with their fitness range in store – I was able to pick up a new running/gym top for £5 and some capri running pants for £9 this morning – absolute bargain! My purchases have actually motivated me even more and I am already wanting to try them on and put them through their paces!
Talking of paces… I have totally ballsed up… the treadmill at the gym has totally confused me. It mentions both KM and Miles and I have no idea what I am doing. I thought I had been running 3 miles, turns out I haven’t… I’ve only been running 3k… conversion around 1.8 miles. Clambering off the treadmill yesterday at the gym, all I wanted to do was cry… I need to pull another 1.3 miles out of the bag! Please tell me I am not the only one to ever get confused by treadmill data… I usually just throw a towel over everything and run/walk using the app. I need something that can tell me exactly what I am doing… aka that I am on target and I can actually do this.
Why am I doing all this again? Well, I am putting my knees and butt through all of this as Scottish Power wish to sponsor me to run Race For Life… how can I refuse?! I will be running for my Mum, who kick cancer’s butt and for my Gramps who unfortunately succumbed to pancreatic cancer – a true hero who had a cheeky grin on his face right till the end.
The race will mean so much to me than just running 5k and it is the perfect race for me to start with this year, hopefully the first of many, but one hurdle at a time!