Like most people in 2020, I got bored sitting in the house with nothing to do. I thought it was the perfect time to start something different. I was inspired by stories on the TV and online, and when I heard about the ‘Couch to 5k’, I went for it. I was that girl who hated P.E. in school, I had lost some fitness and thought it was the best time to get back on track. Running has never been my thing, but I wanted to enjoy it.
The ‘Couch to 5k’app
As a total beginner, the ‘Couch to 5k’ app was a lifesaver. It sets your weekly runs for you and you can track your progress. The 9-week programme breaks down each week, setting different distances and speeds. Whilst running, you’re motivated by a voice which you can choose before you start. I chose the default option, but there are celebrity voices that you can choose from including Sarah Millican and Jo Whiley. I never thought I’d actually hit my 5k target, but I did! It gave me a real sense of achievement and motivated me to carry on.
A boost for physical and mental health
For me, running was an escape, which was really needed throughout the pandemic. I put my music on, set my timer and just go- rain or shine. Call me weird, but I like running in the rain- it is so refreshing and I feel great afterwards. It is a great way to burn off some energy or relieve some stress. Obviously running also has physical benefits too- as it helps to strengthen muscles and maintain a healthy weight.
Who can do it?
Anyone! One of the best things about it is that it’s very accessible- you just need some decent trainers and you’re good to go! No need for expensive gym equipment to get you started. Whether you prefer to be in a gym and use a treadmill or be outside in the fresh air, there’s options for each person.
The thing I love most about running is that you can make it your own: go at your own pace, have fun with it and feel amazing afterwards! Why not give it a go?
Have you got any hobbies that you would recommend to others? I’d love to hear them!