Couch to 5K – Week 7!

Couch to 5K

I can’t quite believe it!

7 Weeks ago I decided to take on the Couch to 5k challenge and this morning I completed my final run of week 7. This week I’ve been running in N.Ireland as we’ve popped over to visit the in-laws who we’ve not been able to visit since Lockdown began. Today was my last run whilst on holiday, along my favourite forest track. I’ll be back to the Scottish coast next week and will be doing longer runs on hillier terrains. Its going to get tough, but I’m sure I can do it now.

Have you done the Couch to 5K? Or are you doing it right now? My goal is to be able to do the Park Run with my partner and son once I’m finished and I’ve just heard that the local Park Run in Kirkcaldy is starting up again tomorrow! I won’t make it for that one as I’m still in training so will aim to do my first Park Run on the 4th September.

I’ve had loads of support and encouragement from family and friends, as well as lots of folk on Instagram where I’ve been posting up regular weekly updates. Today I’m posting about the music I’ve been listening to.

Do you listen to music whilst running? If I don’t, I find the running really tough and really monotonous. It seems harder and longer. Music really helps me focus and stops me thinking about the time I’ve been running. At first I randomised my playlist, but over the past few weeks, some tracks have stood out and have helped me stay focused and I’ve been using the following 5 to get me through each run.

The cover for the single by Talking Heads called Road to Nowhere

Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

I now start every run with this song, David Byrne’s joyful take on doom, death and the apocalypse. I remember the video from my childhood and imagine I’m the tiny figure in the small frame at the bottom of the screen running all the way through the video.

The cover for the single by Kate Bush called Running Up That Hill

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill

Then I move onto this classic from Kate Bush. With it’s good steady rhythm and running theme, it certainly keeps me moving. I love the video that goes along with this track and the repetitive dance sequences play through my head whilst I run and keep me on track.

The cover for the single by K T Tunstall called Suddenly I See

K T Tunstall – Suddenly I See

Then K T Tunstall kicks in with her tribute to female power and it lifts me up, just as I start flagging, reminding me of the goal I want to reach and the fact that I’m almost half way through my run.

The cover for the single by Talking Heads called Life During Wartime

Talking Heads – Life During Wartime

I then move onto another classic from David Byrne & Co. I love the live version from the Stop Making Sense tour where they all run on stage in time to the music. How they all sing at the same time defeats me, but at this stage in my run, I’m right up there on stage running with them.

The cover for the single by Public Service Broadcasting called Sputnik

Public Service Broadcasting – Sputnik

I love finishing my run with this track. It starts off with the steady bleep bleep bleep of the Sputnik satellite and gradually develops and builds in pace. Archive motivational speeches along the way from the British Film Institute about our cosmic existence help keep me going and I like to imagine I’m an astronaut in training to go to the moon. In my final minute I like to up the pace and sprint to the finish line and this track really helps.

Over the next few weeks my runs are going to get longer until I’m running the full 5K, so I’m going to have to add some more music into the mix. I know one of them will be the Chemical Brothers ‘Got To Keep On’ and I’ll have to find a few more.

Have you got any suggestions? Please use the comment box below if you have any tracks that are good to run to!

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