C25K with children

Last Tuesday I started my ‘Couch to 5k’ training, since then  I have managed to do about 4 sessions. I am supposed to do three sessions spaced equally over a week, so I have decided to train on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

I haven’t found it easy to fit it in, especially with working and looking after three children. Last week I went out for a jog early in the morning before the children woke up and the other half went to work and on Thursday I managed to get in 20 minute session whilst the children were at athletics club, but on Sunday and today I had to go out with the children.

The boys don’t mind assisting me with my jogging as they are very fit and love to run anyway. They are far better than me and when i stop for a brisk walk they just want to carry on jogging, even my jogging pace is too slow for them.

When my middle and eldest boys found out i was training to run 5k, they couldn’t wait to offer their help.

On Sunday, the boys and I all went out together in the morning, the sun was shining and it was quite pleasant weather. The youngest is only three and I was a bit worried that it would be too much for him. The week 1 session starts with a brisk 5 minute walk followed by 7 repetitions of 60 second run and a 90 second walk, then finishes with another 5 minute walk. He did struggle a little but when it was time to walk i picked him for a little rest. I handed over my phone to the eldest so he could take charge of the app that i had installed on my phone, once it was time to change from a run to a walk the phone would buzz to let us know. This made him feel a little like my personal trainer as he shouted out when to walk and when to jog.

I was too tired to go out early this morning, plus their was a little incident near by at our local shops and it scared me a little to go out in the dark on my own, so I decided to go with the boy again after school.  I was starting to get a little dark as we left the house, the eldest decided to stay at home and I persuaded the youngest to sit in his stroller. We had only got 2 minutes into our warm up walk and he had fallen asleep. The pavements were a little uneven and the stroller has seen better days (I was a little worried that the wheel would fall off at one point) It was bit bumpy but it manged to stay together for the 25 minutes we were out. It actually gave me something to lean against at times.

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This week sessions start with a brisk 5 minutes walk followed with 6 repetitions of 90 seconds running and 120 seconds walking and a 5 minute warm down walk. I managed to keep up with my son who was always running just ahead of me.

I really enjoyed being out with the boys, we talked as we walked/jogged and it made the time go quite fast.

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I love how my children really want to help me achieve my goal, they are very supportive. I can’t wait until summer comes and I will be able to run around the park with them. Not only am I becoming healthier and fitter but my boys are being more active than normal.  It’s got to be better than playing on the Playstation, right? (although I’m not sure they would agree with me on that, lol)

Are you dong the C25K? How do you manage to fit in the sessions?

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