After a successful week 5 with Couch to 5K I found myself relaxing a little, and the mental benefits of running started to become more apparent…
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty damn chuffed with myself for running 20 minutes at the end of week 5. I’d near-on convinced myself that I wasn’t going to do it, but to my surprise I didn’t find it as hard as I was expecting to. I felt like I’d turned a corner (literally); now 5K didn’t seem like such a stretch of the imagination.
East London is absolutely bursting with small creative companies and colourful pop-ups; you’re never far away from a clothes shop that has its own secret bar, or a florist that also offers customers coffee and cake. And whilst plenty of these shops are great for a one off visit, it’s often hard to find any with specialties or expertise in the type of business they are promoting - which in turn can mean expensive, short-lived business plans and empty premises.
I was feeling optimistic for week 3 – I felt more positive in general and found that the routine was starting to become more enjoyable.
My confidence and optimism soon shrunk as I tied my laces and strapped my iPhone to my arm, as I realised week 3 would have me running for a whole minute longer than week 2.
Join Sophia as she takes on the Couch to 5k challenge, documenting her progress and giving a few tips along the way.
After week 1 of Couch to 5K I felt a little lighter; not just in the physical sense but mentally I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders, and I found that I was actually looking forward to starting week 2.
INTERVIEW: 5 Minutes With Food Bloggers, Billy Jarvis and Kayleigh Thwaites of Cocktails and Calamari
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