March 24th, 2016 by () in Diet Log


So last week I completed my Couch to 5k journey and despite not really enjoying it (I said in the last post “I have always found exercise to be a chore and derive no pleasure from it whatsoever” and I stand by that) I have continued with it as I am using it as a way to help me lose weight.

At the same time as I was complaining about completing 5k Eddie Izzard was doing 42.195 kilometres a day for 27 days for charity. I take my hat off to him as I really cannot comprehend how he managed to do it when I struggle to run for half an hour. In fact on the last day Izzard did the equivalent of two marathons (84.39K). Unbelievable.

So kudos to Eddie Izzard. I won’t be emulating your feat but I am inspired to keep it up and I have bought some new trainers to celebrate!

You can donate to Sport Relief the charity Eddie was running for here.

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March 17th, 2016 by () in Diet Log


So it is done. I have completed the nine weeks of couch to 5k. If I was expecting hearts and flowers from Laura I was to be disappointed. The last week of the NHS’ C25K podcasts were strangely impersonal with the last three runs being exactly the same. I don’t think it would have hurt to have recorded a different one for the very last run.

As I pointed out early in the journey it’s not really C25K at all by more C230M (couch to 30 mins) and if you make 5K will depend on how fast you run – the most I have achieved is 4.49006976 kilometres! However, I wasn’t doing it to hit the magical 5K. My goal was to improve my general level of fitness and to help me lose weight. The latter certainly has been achieved as I have lost 5lbs over the nine weeks.

So what now?

Well, some people apparently get a rush of endorphins when they complete their exercise and have a buzz for hours after. I don’t. I have always found exercise to be a chore and derive no pleasure from it whatsoever – it is a means to an end. I recognise that I need to do something and so I will persist until something less taxing but with the same benefits comes along. I might buy some new trainers though!

And an appropriate track for the last week – just not great running material.


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March 10th, 2016 by () in Diet Log


This week was supposed to be full week of running non-stop for 28 minutes but Laura had a bit of a wobbly today. In order to be encouraging Laura tells you when you are a certain number of minutes through the run – one of these is when there is a minute to go. Today I got my one minute warning and it felt too early and then, 30 seconds later, I got a one minute warning again! This was pretty off putting but not the end of the world.

The reason I realised that Laura was out in her timing was because I was tracking the run with RunKeeper and could see that the one minute warning was too soon.

While I can see that I am running for longer, that is the point of C25K after all, RunKeeper allows me to track my progress over the same route. So this allows me to see whether I am running faster (or slower) than previously and gives me a permanent record of my runs. As you can see from below it also gives you nice feedback on your performance.


While I have been on the C25K I have been working my iPhone pretty hard running three apps at the same time to: track the run, listen to the NHS “Laura” podcasts and listen to music in the background too.

I chose to listen to the NHS podcasts through their native app which was available for both iPhone and Android but a quick search shows that it is no longer available. This is a shame as apart from a few glitches it worked well and allowed you to listen to your own music at the same time. However, the podcasts themselves are still available and can be found here or if you fancy and alternative there is a set from the Guardian.

So just one more week to go and then it will be decision time.

Finally, here is this weeks apposite tune…




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March 3rd, 2016 by () in Diet Log


When I started couch to 5k I didn’t have much idea what I was letting myself in for and that was a very deliberate move on my part. I knew that detailed views of what was going to be required week by week were available but I stayed well clear of them for fear of frightening myself! However, when it went from a nice few short runs broken up by a gentle walk in between to one continuous run I thought Laura had gone mad. In fact I literally had to check that I had selected the correct podcast! (I had).

So at week seven those nice little breaks are just a warm past memory and it is all running now with no break. That’s fine and I was surprised at just how quickly I was able to adapt which shows how well c25k works. The last few weeks of the plan are about just extending out the running time to take you to 30 minutes continuous running.

Laura, being the little sneaky person that she is, is also trying to encourage me to run just a little bit faster too. It is clear that I am no Roger Bannister and I am a very long way from achieving his sub-four minute mile but it is interesting to see my times come down as I get more confident (more on that next week).

So here is this week’s apposite track.


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