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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.

Monday 10 December 2018

Meg - Mind Over Matter

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.

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Meg - Running through barriers

When I initially took up the challenge to complete the Couch to 5k, I had no idea what direction my life was about to take and just how running has had an unexpected impact on my world.

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!

Because of the leg toning from the running, I have been motivated to look after my beauty regime better and I have started back on my Korean skincare routine (it's more a way of life than a routine but man, they have good skin).

It’s still cold, it’s still snowing, I’m freezing my a*se off in Berlin and JR is flying the Surrey Hills Challenge Couch to 5k flag! Kind of. In his own words…

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Meg Week 7 - Pushing through

With the unpredictable running schedule in week six I am trying to get back into the rhythm this week. For the three runs in week seven, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then 25 minutes of running.

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.

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