Getting Back To A Routine

My routine has been all over the place recently, not just with running but with life in general. I’m not complaining though. It has been good to change things up a bit, but when it comes down to it, I guess I like to have a plan – particularly when it comes to training.

So, last week I decided to re-write my training plan, starting from C25K Week 4, or thereabouts.

The problem I find with the middle part of C25K is that the run/walk segments can vary in a single session. For example, today’s session was walk 90 seconds, jog 5 mins, walk 2.5 mins, jog 3 mins, walk 90 seconds, jog 5 mins, which is fine if you want to use the app as it tells you when to run and when to walk. However, I prefer to use my GymBoss as I don’t like having my iPod strapped to my arm when I’m running, which makes programming the segments a bit trickier.

In the end, I decided to just adapt the workout and use a 3.5:1.5 ratio – 3.5 minutes running and 1.5 minutes walking. I realise that I should be able to run for 5 minutes this week, so I’m going to up the ratio slightly so that I use a 4:1.5 ratio on Thursday and a 5:2 ratio for parkrun on Saturday, which should get me to where I need to be.

In terms of this evening’s run, I felt pretty good. The ratio was fine and having the extra 30 seconds of walking probably helped a bit too, In the end, I completed 3.4K is 23:30, which is pretty slow but I felt good at the end of it so I’m happy with that for now.

How’s your training going? Do you stick to your training plan or adapt and tweak things as you go. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

12 thoughts on “Getting Back To A Routine”

  1. I adapt as I go, but I never have a really detailed plan to begin with. I must, in fact, make a new plan as I have not been running at all. But two of the most beautiful words I know are “Begin again.” Glad to hear you’re running and enjoying it. My fellow bloggers inspire me. Now, to act on the inspiration…

  2. I NEVER have a plan whenit comes to my running… the rest of my life is SO structured that my running, for me is MY TIME, no stress, no plan, just pure ‘me time’. Everyone is different and just do what make you feel good… I woek with a bunch of FIT girls, they are always out running together, have a shedule etc… but the stress and pressure to keep up makes it unejoyable for me… I think you are great and you do really well and you ARE motivational and inspirational… just keep doing it and your mojo will come flying back!

    1. Thanks CeeJay. I think I need the pressure to get me out the door sometimes, and the pan helps with that… unless I’m feeling rebellious. I know what you mean about the ‘me time’ though – it’s nice when running feels like freedom.

  3. I just carry my phone in my hand hoping not to drop it. If I didn’t use the app I wouldn’t stick to the program. But I am too tight to buy one of those arm bands (I spend all my money on travel … Haha). I’m up to Week 1 Day 3. I am en route to Indonesia today but will try to get my run in this evening after a sleep at our hotel. Java is not the most conducive place for running but I am determined to get fit again

    1. That’s great Andrew! C25K is brilliant – I used it before and it really does work.
      I’m following your blog now, so looking forward to reading about your adventures, running and otherwise.
      Keep up the great work and enjoy your time in Indonesia. 🙂

  4. I don’t think I could adapt my training at the moment, I just stick to what I’m being told to do. I’m sure once I’m more confident and actually know what I’m doing I’ll change it up!

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