I started running in 2016 when I needed some time to myself. I have two young daughters with special and additional needs and times can be tough. I wanted to get physically fit and mentally happier. Running seemed like a good bet. So, I downloaded the 0 to 5k app and put on my trainers and off I went. At first, I felt conscious and silly about what I looked like running but as other runners went past me with an out of breath 'hello', I soon just fitted in.
I am at the end of the second week of my second chemotherapy cycle. My aim for my first run was literally just to see how my body felt with a bit of a physical push. For four months now I have been very conscious of my body and almost protective of it. I’ve been frightened to move and stretch or even pull my stomach muscles in, just in case I busted an internal stitch. My body healed very well, it was my mind that needed a little more convincing.
Preparing for a canicross event takes careful planning to ensure that you and your dog both get as much benefit from it as possible. If you are considering taking part in a canicross race or a dog-less event that welcomes canicrossers, here are ten top tips…
It is a well-known fact that dogs love to run, so if you share that love, the natural instinct is to grab the lead and start running together. However, using a lead to keep your dog close to you when running or jogging is not ideal. The constant pulling can be uncomfortable for your arm and shoulder and can also cause strain to your dog’s neck.
Going into the last week I wanted to work on my timings to try and get as close to 5k as possible otherwise I will feel like I’ve failed this experiment. I know it says to get you running steadily for 30 minutes but come on, its called the couch to 5k!
Sure, I get a sense of achievement after I have run but I don’t love it when I’m running and I still work myself up before the run. The Couch to 5k gives you the opportunity to enrol in a forum which appears to be a lovely community full of optimistic, happy and encouraging members. The majority of ‘graduates’ swearing by the fact that you will become hooked.