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.