Treadmill Day 2

Today was my second day of doing C25K on the treadmill and I’m pleased to say that I managed a lot better than yesterday i.e. didn’t come anywhere near close to falling off, didn’t stop the machine by accident and didn’t feel like I’d just spent a year at sea when I tried to walk on the floor again.

The pace was, however, was still very slow. I think this is partly to do with getting used to running at a set pace rather than allowing the old legs to do what they want to, but it also has a lot to do with confidence and feeling comfortable with running on a moving surface – I did wobble a few times, but only a little bit.

The other problem with the treadmill is that once you stop, the time and distance disappears. I did notice as I slowed to my final walk break that I’d covered about 2 kilometres in around 23 minutes, which is pretty terrible really, although it does include the 5 minute warm up walk at the start.

Still, one of my reasons for starting right at the beginning of C25K again is that I can use the first few sessions to get used to the machine, so it’s all good really.

How’s your running and training going? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Treadmill Fun

I don’t know why, but the thought of playing with my new treadmill served as great motivation to start up the training plan again this evening.

No need to worry about how many layers to wear, whether or not I needed to go to the toilet beforehand or planning a well lit route to avoid being mugged or murdered – I just got changed, hopped on the treadmill and got the job done.

Well, sort of…

The first mistake I made was that I started the machine off way too fast and almost fell off the end of it; and the second was that when I used the hand rest to balance myself as I was getting ready to slow to my first walk break, I accidentally pressed the stop button which cancelled out the time and distance that I’d already completed.

But other than that, and the strange feeling of motion sickness when I struggled to find my land legs after it was all over, I quite enjoyed it. Not quite the same feeling of hardcore awesomeness you get from running in the wind and rain, but pretty satisfying nonetheless.

My time of 13 minutes for 1.8 kilometres wasn’t very impressive at all though, so either I’m very out of shape or the machine works in miles instead of kilometres… yeah, ok, it’s probably the former, but in my defence there were walk breaks involved.

How’s your training going? Are you running in the wind and rain or retreating to the treadmill? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

A Birthday Treat

It’s my 42nd birthday today, so I decided to take the day off work and buy a treadmill. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, so when I realised I’d saved enough money (including Christmas and birthday money) I decided to go for it.

It’s a Pro Fitness one from Argos and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed so far. Unlike the exercise bike I bought a year ago, it didn’t really need any self assembly – just unfold it, stick the safety thingy in and you’re good to go!

Having never used a treadmill before, other than when I was buying new running shoes, I wasn’t sure about the settings, so my first trial run was pretty slow – 1 mile in about 16 minutes, but that doesn’t really count as I was just testing it out. I’m sure I’ll get the hang off it though.

So, there really aren’t any excuses now – rain, wind, snow or even the unlikely possibility of too high temperatures, I can now run any time I feel like it… and even when I don’t!

Do you use a treadmill? How do you find it compares to running outside? Please share your thoughts in the comment.

 

New Year, New Start, New C25K

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a good time over the festive period and that you gave 2015 a good send off last night.

For me, 2015 was a year of ups and downs. This time last year I was training for my first marathon and half-marathon and spent new year’s morning on a very very long run – 24K if I remember correctly.

Today though, it was a different story. The Brighton Marathon left me with a niggling injury which just wouldn’t calm down, resulting in a very patchy summer and autumn of starting, restarting and generally getting not very far with C25K.

As a result, I’m kicking off 2016 right back at the beginning again, with yet another attempt at Couch to 5K.

I have to to be honest, it wasn’t easy getting out the door this morning. Not that I over indulged on Hogmanay or anything. A couple of cans of Fosters and a slightly too large whisky to see in the New Year is nothing by my old standards, but it did mean that I overslept and had a slightly wooly head when I eventually peeled myself from my pit this morning.

Still, fortunately my brain was in no state to over think it (or think at all for that matter), so after a large glass of water and a couple of paracetamol, I headed out to Hove Rec for Week 1 Day 1 of Couch to 5K.

The weather was surprisingly mild and not at all windy, which made it much more pleasant than I had expected, and the run wasn’t too bad either. I took it nice and easy, remembering to smile and say ‘Happy New Year’ to the dog walkers, runners and people who were just out enjoying an early morning stroll. New Years morning really is my favourite day for running in that respect.

In the end, I completed just under 2.5K in about 20 minutes, including a bit of an extra run for the final walking segment to get me back to the railway bridge, and I have to say, it felt brilliant!

With two more days until I have to go back to work, my plan is to get Week 1 out of the way this weekend, and then follow the program with one midweek run and two at the weekend until I’m back up to 5K again – we’ll see though. Either way, it’s great to be back!

How’s your training going? Are you starting or restarting Couch to 5K this year? What are your running goals for 2016? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Ooops!

So, it looks like I forgot to run for the last couple of months. Oops!

I could make the usual excuses, the old injury was playing up, the weather was rubbish, there wasn’t enough time… but the truth is that I just couldn’t be arsed bothered. As result, my fitness levels have dropped again, making the prospect of starting all over again even more daunting.

Daunting as it is though, I know I want to get back running again, so I’ve decided to do the right thing and restart the training… yet again.

Even though I want to get back on track though, I’m still not really feeling it. Silly as it sounds, I don’t want to face the frustration of starting again, but I know I have to. So I came up with a plan, of sorts.

The plan is to get back into training this week with some daily cardio before I launch myself into C25K in the new year – just to give myself a bit of head start.

So, this morning, I removed the clothes from the exercise bike, did some laundry and then had  a quick 20 minute workout on the bike – 10 reps of 1 minute slow then 1 minute fast to get the old legs turning over and kick the heart into action.

I still don’t feel like going out for a run, but it feels good to get moving again and at least I have some clean clothes now!

How’s your training going? Please share your thought in the comments.

Finding The Time To Run

One of my biggest struggles with Couch to 5K this time around has been finding the time to run. I don’t think that my life is particularly busier than it was two years ago, but somehow I can’t seem to find the time the way that I used to.

Instead of getting out three times a week like I’m supposed to, I’m finding that even getting out twice a week is a struggle. I think a lot of it is to do with the frustration of not being able to do something that was fairly easy not so long ago; but there’s also the fear of injury. My leg is still not 100% and the slightest feeling of something not being quite right is enough to put me off these days.

Still, in saying that, the fear of not making progress or, even worse, going backwards again is enough to make sure that I get myself out the door at least once a week, if not twice, to get a run in.

So, this morning, even though I had a lot to do, I decided to make time to get myself out for Week 4 Day 2 of C25K. It was nice and cool outside and there was a mist coming on from the sea, which is always nice for an early morning run.

The running sections included two lots of three minutes and two lots of five minutes and, to be honest, it was a bit of a struggle at times. There was one point where I almost stopped but then I reminded myself that I could slow down without actually walking.

In the end, I completed 3K in 19:55, which isn’t too bad at all.

How’s your training going? Do you find it easy to find the time to run, or do you have to make time. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

What Did I Do With My Head Torch?

Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, it’s becoming all too easy to come up with an excuse not to run. But not tonight.

I had planned to take my new favourite route around Hove Rec, but unfortunately the House Pixies seemed to have hidden my head torch. With unlit paths made even darker by the bushes and trees on either side, there was no way I was going to risk it, so I headed for the seafront instead for Week 4 Day 1 of Couch To 5K.

I did my usual seafront route, starting at Hove Lawns then down towards the Peace Statue, back up to the King Alfred Centre and then back to my starting point, plus a bit extra to let the time run down.

As I hadn’t run for over a week, I took it nice and slowly and was surprised by how easy it was – possibly because I was back on the flat again, but I’d like to think it’s because my fitness is improving too.

I covered 3K in 21:44, which is fine, but next time, I think I’ll push a bit harder and see if I can hit a 6 minute pace on the running sections.

How’s your training going? Do you avoid certain routes when running in the evening? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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