Run faster shoes & Couch to 5K


run faster shoes

Here she goes again right? Whittling on about getting fit and pwah ha ha! Couch to 5k? 

When I first spoke to husband about this idea he told me not to bother, he said, ‘You know you won’t do it, why bother in the first place?’ Not the best encouragement I’m sure you’ll agree but he does have a point. I continue, Every Single Year to want to get fit, I yearn to have back my youthful body, no saggy belly, no lumps and bumps the  proof that time is slowly showing it’s face on me.

I look at some of my friends on my Facebook timeline, they LOVE sport! Some cycle, some run, some go for brisk walks and then there’s me, typing at a ‘puter all day every day (which I love, don’t get me wrong) but I need to get out, I need to get fit, I need to do something.

But how?

Well there are lots of initiatives around, Race for Life, Race for This, Race for That, all raising money for charity and giving people all over the country the urge to get up and run.

I am not a huge fan of sport which is weird because at school I had activities every single evening, netball, hockey, gymnastics, ballet. I grew out of it I suppose and had the luxury of living in a good body that consumed all the junk I put in.

Nowadays with my metabolism slowing down, I don’t seem to be able to do such a good job anymore with the calories I consume. This then makes me feel sad and so I get all ‘Who cares? I might as well cheer myself up with a bit of chocolate.’ and bang I am back in the vicious cycle again.

I have decided to start small.

I have made the first step by downloading the app Couch to 5K and then I spoke to various people about doing Race for Life – shall I? Shan’t I? I’m so undecided.

Anyway I chatted about this whole dilemma with SportsShoes and they said I am not alone, that women and men up and down the country have the same lack of get up and go but maybe a brand new pair of running shoes would be more encouraging than husband? What an idea SportsShoes, maybe you are right? Some new Run Faster shoes might do the trick.

So I ordered that pair at the top, it took me a while to decide as there are hundreds of designs, colours, models and makes but I am very happy. I have been wearing them on the school run (it’s a start, right?) I love how there are no laces to tie up, just that black thing to pull. They are also super comfy, almost comfy enough to start running a bit – next week because you know it’s Bank Holiday weekend and I’m not sure I’ll fit any running in…

Disclosure: SportsShoes very kindly sent me a pair of trainers for the purpose of this post BUT also to try and encourage me to get up and out more. They have some beautiful trainers and at very reasonable prices too.


  1. May 3, 2014 / 7:15 AM

    Good luck Mari! A lot of this post sounds as if it could have been written by me.

    I have downloaded 3 or 4 different Couch to 5K apps over the years, but never managed to start. I’ve never found a kind of exercise I enjoy enough to do regularly, but running might be it, if I can get started. I can’t work out where to fit running into my schedule, and my husband is, like yours, doubtful I can do it. Maybe come September when my youngest starts school will be the right time for me. Or maybe that’s just an excuse and I need to get on with it NOW!

    Looking forward to reading more about your progress – perhaps it will inspire me :)

    • May 6, 2014 / 4:47 PM

      I really need to do this and yet another day has passed cleaning the house and catching up online with a ton of posts and everything that goes with being a blogger. Time Management seems to be letting me down time and time again.
      I will do it, I will do it, I will do it

  2. May 3, 2014 / 9:41 AM

    I’m lacking motivation to get fit too, good luck! Hopefully the fancy new trainers will help get you on the right track! Look forward to following your progress!

    • May 6, 2014 / 4:47 PM

      Thanks Mrs Teepot, I hope to get there sooner or later. I read Sandy Calico’s post and she is so inspiring, I wish I could find her enthusiasm and determination!

  3. May 3, 2014 / 7:57 PM

    Do it! Do it! Do it! I signed up to the Race for Life in February as part of a team but wasn’t optimistic. However, I am now loving running. 5k is just an average evening run for me. And this week I even managed to run 10k non stop. Couldn’t believe it. Seriously give it a go and you will probably surprise yourself!

    • May 6, 2014 / 4:48 PM

      I love your comment! As I am so in that place right now ‘It will never happen for me!’ I really need to push myself so hard.
      I’m going to clear out my inbox and get running – watch this space

  4. May 8, 2014 / 8:35 PM

    I’m on week 6 of the Couch to 5K now and absolutely loving it. (Never thought I’d ever say that!).

    It’s such a great plan and easy to follow. Plus I got back into my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans this week, despite still living on chocolate – so that’s enough encouragement for me to keep it up! Ha!

    It did take me a while to get started (New Years resolution that actually started in March…) but I just woke up one day and said to the other half “F… it. If I don’t start now, I never will.” After week 3 I actually started to crave it but the hardest part is definitely doing the first run.

    Go for it! You’ll love it!

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