February 18th, 2016 by () in Diet Log


The problem with starting the coach to 5K programme in January in the UK is the weather. It can be variable to say the least.

I started five weeks ago and since then it has been cold and wet and windy. This, of course, is no problem if you are dressed appropriately but I had no idea what that was. I raised my cycling gear and hoped that it would be sufficient. As you can see I look like Reading’s best dressed cat burglar or, perhaps, David Niven in the Pink Panther.


Of course when you fist step outside it can be, how can I put this, bracing, but on the way back I am glowing like a little nuclear power station so I need to find some happy compromise.

Part of the issue is that I don’t want to be spending loads of money on gear I might eventually not use if I don’t continue after the nine weeks. This became an issue for me when I ran shortly after it had rained and found that my trainers were porous. Maybe I’ll need to reevaluate.

So far all the podcasts have been structured as walk, run, walk, run, walk. So when Laura announced that “today we are going to run for 20 minutes” I immediately assumed that I had put on the wrong podcast and grabbed my phone to check but no it was week five, day three. I felt my heart sink but as my personal trainer pointed out “you can do it, it’s just a mental thing” and she was right it was and I spluttered to the end. I’m not sure I would describe it as running exactly but it is faster than walking. Just.


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