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Couch to 5K: Week 9

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Couch to 5K: Week 9

Monday, May 6, 2019

In the final week of Couch to 5K, Lee looks back at how far he’s come and shares his thoughts on how accountability helped him reach his goal

It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I’ve just completed my first freestyle run!

But let me backup a second.

On Saturday I completed Couch to 5K. That’s right, I completed a five-minute warm up and 30 minutes of straight running -- and I was pretty chuffed with my achievement. But that’s not the end of the story, because I want to keep it up.

Read more: Couch to 5K Week One

That’s why I signed up to Strava and headed out for a run this morning (well, that and the fact that it was Easter a couple of weeks ago and I’ve eaten lots of lovely chocolate!). It’s weird not having Jo Whiley providing words of encouragement as I go, but I took Saffy out with me again and she helped to keep me focused.

According to the app, I ran 4.45 kilometres in 33 minutes today. It’s not fast-paced, but I’m going to try and improve that. I only need to add half a kilometre more, and I’m not too worried about that, because I usually cover that distance during my cool down.

Reflections on running

It's not easy running, but man it's good when you finish it!

Since starting this program, The Armoury’s sales are up by about 50%. Although it's not all down to me, I’ve had more clarity and focus; after each run I'm typing down tasks for the team to work on because I've had ideas while I’m pounding the pavement. I almost go into work skipping because I have more energy.

Looking back over the 9 weeks, there were a few ups and downs along the way. I tripped over and hurt myself and I had a bit of illness, but it didn’t hold me back too much. I just went back and did a couple of runs again after spending time recharging.

Read more: How to Dream Big in 2019

Through it all, accountability has been key to meeting my goals. That's what we really want to stress at Energise Me: accountability is really powerful. When you're setting goals and meeting objectives, having to report back to someone can help to motivate you. On this journey, I've been talking to Lucy in the office who is a keen runner. She shares articles and tips with me and has been really helpful. Sometimes I’ll just send her a message to say: “Yeah, I did it” because it helped me get over the line.

I must also say a big thanks to Energise Me’s founder Ian for getting me off the couch in the first place.

As you will have noted from previous blogs, music has kept me motivated in the moment too. This week I’ve been listening to: Muse: Supermassive Black Hole; Burial: Rodent; and Garbage: Stupid Girl.

If you have any other tips to keep me running, give us a shout out on Twitter - I’d love to know what you’d recommend!

Keep on keepin' on! 🏃

Lee

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