Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturdays Run

Whew! Completed W3D3 Run on Saturday still amazed I can run 3mins, but felt really hard then I remembered I hadn't had any lunch. oops! Must remember to eat properly before running in future.

On the plus side got new trainers and did a layout for my Book of Me

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunny Evening

Week 3 Run 2 done and dusted.

Nice sunny evening with cool breeze to help me forget I'm running!

Came home to a nice hot shower and big bowl of stir-fry vegetables and pasta.
Running 3 minutes still a bit of a shock to my system but not as bad as Monday, roll on Friday :)

Monday, May 24, 2010


Thankfully a bit cooler today so managed my W3D1 run this evening. Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then two repetitions of the following: run for 90 seconds and walk for 90 seconds to recover, run 3 minutes and walk for three minutes to recover. Then five-minute cool-down walk.

I cant believe I managed to run for 3 minutes non stop - TWICE!
Must admit the second time was easier as I didn't have the fear I'd had for the first time :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Thinking I should do some other type of exercise on my rest days and came across the 100 Pressups site similar idea as c25k but with pressups not running. Don't think I can do any at the moment :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Facebook | Joanne Cowie

Facebook | Joanne Cowie: "Back on track W2D3 run just completed, its quite warm this evening so a bit more out of puff than normal. Quick shower and relax on the sofa I think :)"

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Ok Change of plan was meant to be on my second run of the week tonight but forgot to turn on the dryer on the way to work so running kit was still wet when I got home. Not keen on running my current route in fading light as its through the park so will do W2D3 tomorrow instead and W3D1 on Sunday afternoon. Then I can get back to normal on Tuesday.

May be I better restart Flylady as well and remember to reboot my laundry :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Ok this is not some weird techno jargon but my latest exercise attempt. The Couch to 5km program on Cool Running.

Now those of you that know me know that exercise and I have never been very close. I admit I toyed with aerobics and swimming a couple of years ago but could always find excuses not to do it or a reason to visit the chip shop afterwards and I never really got the 'feel good' factor that you hear people who love exercise talk about.

So, why take up running? Well I started thinking about it last year while driving back from our visit to Silverstone. We stopped for a snack and magazine refill and not having a Weightwatchers magazine I bought a Womens Fitness magazine that had exercises to help me trim down a bit before the cruise in August. The magazine included a section on starting running by doing intervals of walking and running. As I was already doing some walking after work by taking a long route home I thought that could be doable.

I did the exercises for a while, enjoyed my cruise until my hip and legs got sore with all the walking and when I came home went back to couch potato mode during Autumn and Winter. The freezing ice and snow this Winter was a great excuse to cut back my walking even further.

Then fast forward to this Spring and Eddie Izzard on comic relief running all those marathons and to the other celebs cycling through Scotland in the freezing weather that had kept me tucked up in bed. I started to feel guilty. Then to Spring Harvest this year and on week 3 my two chalet mates were both runners and got up early to run before hitting the rest of the day and they did enjoy it!

I was getting the message :) I started checking out running forums for good ways to start and found a lot referred to this c25K program. Once I found there were podcasts to help with the timing and that I didn't have to break any speed or distance records I decided to give it a go.

So here I am on Week 2 Day 2 having just done my fifth session of walking and running. I do feel better, I am enjoying it, I even ran in the cold and rain last week and felt great after.

I'm updating my status on facebook after each run and will start to log how I'm doing here and hopefully in a couple of months I can say I'm a runner, rather than just runner in training :)