After a terrible July I wasn’t overly confident about August, I was working nights the entire month, which messes with your head and body, and I usually snack a lot on nights.
Also, the combination of night shifts and heat meant I was worried about getting my Couch to 5K runs in, and they have been a bit scattered. The programme is meant to be 9 weeks, or just over 2 months, but I started back in April which means has taken me almost four months, and I’m still one run from finishing (writing this Friday morning).
I kinda knew it would take longer because I was away for a week in May-June and shifts mean getting 3 runs a week might not be possible. I didn’t think it’d be this hard.
I had a major motivation slump for a bit and towards the end of July was hitting quite a funk. Luckily, I seem to have got past it.
I think I’ve tried to be more positive about stuff and a few days I’ve just forced myself to run. Also, it seems silly but as the running times got longer I started enjoying it more. The walk-run-walk style of C25K is great for building stamina but I found it hard to find a rhythm.
I wasn’t enjoying the runs but in the last few weeks of the plan where I’ve been running continuously for 25+ minutes I’ve felt that old enjoyment creeping in. Sure it’s still hard going at times but I have a buzz when I finish, and dare I say it there have been flashes of a return to the Juggernaut zone.
I’ve definitely noticed an improvement. I’ve finished every run and while each step up has been a challenge I feel like I’m adapting to them quite quickly. I’m tired at the end of the runs but not utterly exhausted, and it’s taking less time to recover too.
I plan to finish the programme over the weekend and then repeat the 30 mins runs a few more times. Ideally I’d like to get a 35 minute run or two in before Paris but we’ll see how we go.
Another boost is that sponsorship has picked up a lot. We were kinda stalled just under the quarter mark for a while, but in the last week there’s been a big jump and we passed halfway (you can help us get even closer here).
So, yeah, in a much better place mentally this month and glad to say that despite my night shift snacking and a couple of indulgences I’ve mainly been behaving on the diet front.
I’m down just under 3.5 lbs, which is about half of the vague and optimistic goal of half a stone a month I had last year, but I’m viewing it as a win and hoping I can have a better autumn.
Stay tuned for a 5K update in a few weeks, and then the monthly weight update too.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.