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Back in March, I decided it was high time I did some (actually any) exercise.
Lacking time, cash and any noticeable fitness, I thought I'd have a go at Couch to 5K.
The theory sounded great. It's a running programme designed for complete couch potatoes, i.e. me.
I just had to do it for about half an hour, three times a week, and nine weeks later I'd be a lean, mean running machine capable of running 5 kilometres. Amazing eh? And slightly unbelievable.
It had the NHS stamp of approval too, so I figured there was less chance of being stretchered off half way through, and losing a leg.
I tweeted as I went along, so here - with all its highs, lows, hailstones, lost shoes, confusion and a great big blister - is my very own Twitter version of Couch to 5K.
Attempt at starting #Couchto5K scuppered because I can't find my trainers, last seen when we moved house. Two years ago. Oops. #fitnessfail
Still can't find fancy running shoes for #Couchto5K, but dug out elderly trainers. Hoping we will both survive Day 1 without falling apart.
New post on #frugal fitness and how I've resigned myself to running: http://tinyurl.com/j7vsn4t #Couchto5K
In other news, I have now FINALLY found my fancy running shoes. Day 3 of #couchto5K awaits... #frugal fitness
Good Friday: good day for a run. Easter Sunday: got my face sandblasted by the wind, but week 1 of #couchto5K is now done! #frugal #fitness
#couchto5k reality in school holidays - running pre 7am, when yr husband's still around to look after the kids #halfasleep #frugal #fitness
Face like a tomato after a run in the sun, but glad to have completed Week 2 of #couchto5k. Now avoiding mirrors... #frugal #fitness
Top tips on essential running equipment & surviving week 2 of #Couchto5K: http://tinyurl.com/hsvbdcd #frugal #fitness
After a spectacular thunder storm last night, today was less a #Couchto5k run, more hopscotch round puddles #frugal #fitness #muddy
Ran early yesterday morning, as the golden light was just catching the tree tops. Week 3 of #Couchto5K now done!
First time running #Couchto5K in the rain today. Fair to say it wasn't my favourite. #mudtastic #frugal #fitness
Last run on #Couchto5K week 4, first run using @movesapp to count steps & @bountsit app to earn money for steps! #frugal #fitness #getappy
My first twilight run yesterday, at the start of #Couchto5K week 5, as the sun set behind the trees #frugal #fitness
I ran for 8 minutes! Twice! (Small pause for disbelief) Wonder what miracles #Couchto5K will come up with next? #frugal #fitness
Run for 20 mins? You're kidding? But #couchto5K voice says “You can do this. Mind over matter” AND I DID! Just need a little lie down now...
Rats. Just repeated last run in #Couchto5K Week 5 instead of starting Week 6. Let's pretend it was consolidation not disorganisation...
In awe of everyone who ran yesterday's London marathon, after staggering through my first run of #Couchto5k week 6. #frugal #fitness
Had to dig deep to get through my week 6 #couchto5k run today. Gritted my teeth through wind, hail and leaden legs. #frugal #fitness
Ouch ouch ouch - ran for 25 minutes on #couchto5k - ouch ouch - proud! #survivedweek6 #frugal #fitness
Leicester won the Premier League and I ran for 25 minutes on #Couchto5K. See, miracles can happen... #LCFCChampions #fitness #havingaparty
Hard today on #Couchto5K. Hot sun, leaden feet, struggled through. But week 7 is now DONE. #frugal #fitness
Ran #Couchto5k in early morning light today, with a pair of collared doves swooping ahead. 28 mins on week 8! #disbelief #frugal #fitness
Scorching sunshine in Suffolk for #Couchto5k today, running from one shadow to the next. Only week 9 to go! #hothothot #frugal #fitness
Turns out I got over optimistic on Monday. Now I finally have done my last #Couchto5K run of week 8 & really is only week 9 to go! #fitness
Away for the weekend, so did my first 30 minute #Couchto5K run along a canal in Edinburgh #dedication #frugal #fitness
Can hardly believe I've just completed #Couchto5K. Struggled to run for a minute & now 9 weeks later I can run for 30 mins straight! Yay!
@parkrunUK for winning the #BeAGameChanger Award. Looking forward to staggering round my first Park Run on Saturday...
AFTER COUCH TO 5K
Spot the difference: bright red fire extinguisher & me after staggering round my first ever 5K @parkrunUK #Couchto5K
Just ran 5k without stopping for the first time ever! #exhaustedbutproud #Couchto5k #frugal #fitness
Getting faster! Ran for 30 minutes and managed 5k. Really want to get round a Park Run without stopping. #newgoals #frugal #fitness
You can even read the original version on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MuchMore_Less
For more info on essential equipment and links to Couch to 5K podcasts and apps, see this post: http://muchmorewithless.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/couch-to-5k-return-of-running-shoes.html