Getting Fit: My First 5k Run!

I surprised myself this evening by completing my first ever 5k run!

After Christmas, I’ve noticed that I was not as fit as I used to be when I was feeling tired by walking up the escalators on the tube. My energy levels were low and I knew something had to be done.

Running Shoes

Two weeks ago I’ve decided to shake off the cobwebs from my trainers and join the gym. It was just before New Year’s, so I don’t think I can say it’s my New Year’s resolution. The first day at the gym was a bit of a disaster, I could only run for around 2 minutes, then I had to stop as I was very tired and out of breath. The second day was a bit better, and by the third day I was run for ten minutes.

Last week, I noticed that I had more energy during the day, and could run for longer on the treadmill. I started increasing the duration and speed each day.

When I finished work today, I decided to try the 5k setting on the treadmill and was very happy – and surprised – that I managed to complete it. It took me 33 minutes to do a 5k run and I wasn’t tired afterwards.


Feeling proud of myself: first ever 5k run! #5krun #running #fitness #gym #getfit

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I am feeling very positive at the moment and very proud of myself. It seems that I caught the running bug, and I love it. I really enjoy running while listening to my favourite songs and I have decided to start a new feature on the blog.

From now, I will be sharing my fitness tips on the ‘getting fit’ feature, together with suggestions on how to get fit and enjoy an active lifestyle while juggling full-time work, motherhood and family life. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and please feel free to share your fitness journey and tips too.

Do you enjoy running? What are your fitness tips?

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