Five Songs That Keep Me Moving

I may have already mentioned it, but, I’m currently attempting to do a Couch to 5k, and I may have already mentioned this too, but…running is hard. Thanks to a combination of being ill and going away for a few days, I didn’t do a run for just over a week so I decided to start week two over which made me die a little inside as I only had one day left that week, but a week of no exercise meant it was pretty much required.

So that lead to me, this Monday, embarking on my first run in about 10 days. I’ve said it before and I guarantee I’ll say it again; running is no joke. Yet I still feel like week two is manageable, whereas during week one I thought there was no way I’d get past it. The one thing that always helps me sweat my way to the end of any form of exercise, but especially running, is music. Without a doubt it keeps me going and I think my exercising days would be over if I couldn’t listen to music.

So I present to you, my top 5 exercise songs…

Pump it, Black Eyed Peas. Great song, great beat for running to.

  

Keep on Running, The Spencer Davis Group. This one I first heard on the film Run, Fatboy, Run (appropriate) and has been one of my top work out songs ever since.

Ignition (Remix), R. Kelly. This one just makes me feel pumped up!

Uptown Funk. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars. This song is great 100% of the time so it only makes sense to use it when working out.

Anything Kelly Clarkson, but definitely Since You Been Gone. The majority of KC’s songs have got a great beat to exercise to, though I often have to restrain myself from singing out loud in the gym…

 

There are of course many, many more awesome work out songs but these are the five I’m loving the most right now. What are anybody else’s favourite songs to exercise to?

Running is hard, who knew?

I completed my first week of Couch to 5k! I am so proud of myself for achieving this much that it’s a little embarrassing. I can only imagine how I’ll feel if (or should I say, when) I complete all of the weeks.

It was a struggle, and honestly I did have to force myself to do it on all three of the days. There’s a little voice inside my head that pipes up whenever I think about running, constantly telling me that I’m not a runner and that I’ll never be able to complete this entire thing. It is difficult to squash that voice out long enough to do a run, and it is difficult not to believe what the voice says but I do also believe that the first step – in any situation – is most often the hardest, and is very often the most important in completing your goal, so I am determined to keep squashing the voice, and to keep running.

My main takeaway from this first week is that running is hard. Very hard. Am I stating the obvious here? Of course, but I still think it needs to be said. I am in total awe of people who run for any decent amount of time without stopping. I can only hope to come close to what they do at some point in the, not-so-near, future. But I’ve also realised that I want to be able to run without stopping for a semi-decent amount of time so I am going into week two of my Couch to 5k even more determined than I was a week ago!

Run, Harriet, Run

So I completed my first run in my Couch to 5k yesterday and have only just recovered enough to work up the energy to use my laptop. Just kidding (kind of…), I didn’t get chance to write about it yesterday.

Well as predicted the run was e x t r e m e l y difficult, even though half of it was walking (yep, embarrassing!), but I’m very proud of myself for completing the first day and will be going onto day two any day now. The good thing about it is you only have to do three runs a week so it makes it seem more manageable; bite size chunks of running.

And even though I was a hot, sweaty, panting mess by the end, within an hour or so I was feeling fine so hopefully it’s a little bit like childbirth in that you forget the pain long enough to go through it again.

Here’s to day two…

Day one of Couch to 5k

Day one of Couch to 5k. via

Getting Off The Couch

Something big is happening in my life. Seriously. Tomorrow I’m starting a 9 week programme called “Couch to 5k”. As may be obvious, the aim is to get you off the couch and running 5k by the end of the programme. My friend told me about it a few days ago, and as running is something I’ve always found difficult, but at the same time wanted to be able to do, I thought why not give it a go. And then I thought, why not discuss my progress on here. It’s a perfect idea! It gives me written evidence that I’ve done something, and it gives me a reason to write again. Two birds and all that. So I downloaded the app this evening and now there’s no going back.

Although I don’t spend all my time on the couch I could do with being more active than I already am so I’m really hoping to persevere with this thing. I have images of myself collapsing into a sweaty heap at various times during the 9 weeks (basically every time I run…) but I’m trying not to focus on how much sweat is going to be pouring out of me and instead concentrate on how good it’ll make me feel at the end.

I’ve got nothing to lose, so here goes nothing!