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  • Writer's pictureOla Adamolekun

I hate running (I love running!!!)

Most people think I’m generally fit (is this a humble brag??). My response is normally – “I’m not fit but, I’m strong”. I do Muay Thai, calisthenics and I can deadlift one and half times my body weight.

However, my Muay Thai coach reckons you can’t compete if you don’t run, apparently, running builds endurance. Maybe that explains why I don’t compete (and also because I’m old!!!).

Anyway, just before Christmas, I was forced to self-isolate. The worst thing about it was that I wasn’t able to go outside even for exercise. I’d been trying to get one of my coaching clients to try the Couch to 5K programme. Unfortunately, she got injured on the first session so that put a stop to it.

So, I decided to get the programme out and try again – running round my back garden!! It starts off quite easy – in week one you walk for 90 seconds and then run for 60 seconds 8 times, 3 times a week. So, you end up running for 8 minutes – I’d never run for that long before, so it was definitely an achievement for me and I got totally hooked on the programme!!!

So here I am in week 5 of 9 – today’s session required me to run for 8 minutes, then walk for 5 and finally run for another 8 minutes. That’s running for twice the amount of time than in week one. Amazing!!! Anyway, I’m the sort of person that always skips to the end when reading a book and I was so pleased to have run for 16 minutes, I decided to see what the final run of the week entailed.

I kid you not, I almost keeled over when I saw the following words: “Run for 20 minutes”. Really - going from 8 minutes to 20 minutes in 2 days!!! How on earth is that possible? Anyway, watch this space and I’ll let you know how I get on (if I’m still alive!!!)

Till then – stay safe and be encouraged!!!!


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