C25K Week 1 Complete

couch to 5k

I wasn’t planning on blogging every single run, but what the hell – it’s a much better obsession than trying to have a baby 😉

Besides, today’s run was brilliant.

After feeling very tired over the last couple of days, I decided to do an evening run instead of a morning run. I thought there was a danger I wouldn’t make the effort to go if I waited until the end of the day, but instead I found that I was really looking forward to DH coming home so I could get outside.

I went out feeling warm and strong, and when I was doing the 60 second runs I had that lovely fluid feeling that happens when your whole body is just ready for physical exercise. No aches or pains or heaviness. At the end, during the cool-down walk the world looked so bright and beautiful and alive in the evening sunlight, and as often happens when I really take the time to notice my surroundings I felt such gratitude that I am still here to see the incredible complexity and elegance of nature.

Some things I have noticed during week 1

Sleep

I have been SO tired. The last two nights I’ve been in bed by 8pm and slept almost 11 HOURS. Practically unheard of in this house. Today is the first day that I haven’t felt total exhaustion throughout the day.

Hunger

I have been SO hungry. I normally eat mainly fruit/veg/protein, with the odd portion of carbs. I suppose I eat in a kind of primal way, but not strictly. However I have noticed that I have been craving EVERYTHING. Consequently I’ve eaten some junk over the last few days (McDonald’s chicken nuggets! Ew!), along with the healthier stuff.

Irritability

My mood has been irritable and this seems to be directly caused by hunger – specifically carb hunger. As soon as I eat a piece of toast, some cereal or a cake, I feel 100 times better. None of these things are options I would normally snack on, but I just haven’t wanted fruit or nuts or eggs (my usual choice).

So, going forward, I think I might need to increase the carbs I am eating, just to keep my mood stable and my energy up. I obviously need to keep up the early nights too.

But so far, I am loving it and am totally ready for week 2, yay!

6 thoughts on “C25K Week 1 Complete

  1. Rose, you’re pushing your body more than it’s used to, so be sure to feed and water it accordingly. 🙂 Don’t forget to drink tons of water when you’re working out regularly, and slow-burning carbs should definitely also be included in your balanced meals. I wrote a few blog posts a couple of months back, focused on nutrition and the tips I learned during my week at Fitness Ridge Malibu (a Biggest Loser resort). The one on carbs is here, in case you have interest. http://myyearofsweat.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/oh-carbs-how-i-love-and-hate-you/
    Still cheering you on from Toronto! 🙂

    • Thank you! I’ll definitely read the posts and absorb. Fuelling a working body is a challenge and so different to ‘normal’ eating – especially when you’re used to not exercising. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a fair bit of reading and modifying things over the weeks to come, so it’ll be great to read your experiences.

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