I am on Day 43/90…of a personal #90DayChallenge I set myself to reach fitness and lose a bit of weight along the way. This coincided with me being selected to take part in Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice Strictly Christmas in December. What a great opportunity to combine my own personal fitness challenge with raising money for a great local charity.
I am now walking most days, counting my steps and eating a healthy diet. However, a huge leap for me last week was signing up for the Couch to 5K “Run Like a Girl” (RLAG) 8 week challenge organised by Sky Blues in the Community through their In it Together project. So last Monday I turned up feeling slightly nervous at the War Memorial Park, along with 150 other local women, in my trainers ready to commence Week 1.
I don’t really know what I was expecting…perhaps a few breathing exercises, maybe a few stretches or even a talk about how we were going to build up to the magical 5k? I certainly wasn’t expecting to actually run on Week 1!
However, I soon got into the flow of the 90 second runs and 2 minute walks which I generally used to gasp for air before we set off again. The biggest challenge for me was trying to forget about my ankle and once I got over the mental hurdle of actually running on it, I enjoyed it. In fact, the more I did, the easier it became until I was actually quite disappointed when the final whistle went at the end of the last 90 second run.
Now just to clarify…when I say run, I mean a sort of gentle jog. To me it was running, it was definitely faster than my walking pace as I couldn’t speak while doing it, so it definitely counts as a run….a whole 3.4k and over 5,000 steps. So I am actually looking forward to Week 2.
All this activity must be working because I jumped on the scales last week and dropped 5lbs!
Strictly Christmas is organised by volunteers to raise vital funds for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry. Tickets are already on sale for the evening show on 9th December and for the lunchtime show on 10th December. As well as an impressive line up of judges, including Anna Kennedy OBE who featured in the first People’s Strictly for Comic Relief, you will be able to see dresses worn by celebrities and dancers of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing! (Exact dresses to be confirmed)
If you want to know why I’m supporting this challenge you can read all about it here.
In the meantime, your support would be greatly appreciated. I will be posting regular updates about my progress and you can support me via my JustGiving page