C25K Update

I haven’t blogged for a few weeks so thought it would be good to give you a little update on my Couch to 5K progress…

I re-started the program at the beginning of January with the idea that I would do just one ‘Day 1’ session per week and not worry too much about the others until I felt I needed to. And so far this has worked quite well. I got to Week 5 Day 1 on Saturday without too much trouble, but then decided that I should probably do all three sessions of Week 5 since the third one is the first continuous run of the program.

As I had the day off work today (a guy was coming out to fix my leaky roof) I decided that this would be a good opportunity to get W5D2 done. Also, I got a new Garmin at the weekend and I wanted to try it out – those things really do motivate me for some reason!

For this session, I had to walk for a 5 minute warm up, then run 8 minutes, walk 5 minutes and run another 8 minutes before finishing with a 5 minute cool down, so I headed to the seafront so that I wouldn’t have to keep stopping and starting to cross the road as much.

Now that I have my new Garmin, I was able to see that I started my run too fast so I eased off a bit and tried to get into a rhythm. One of the nice things about running with a GPS watch is that it helps with pacing and it also gave me a boost to see that I could still maintain something close to my old pace. Ok, so I’m not quite there yet, but it was encouraging.

The first 8 minutes of running was a bit of a shock to the system though, and I did struggle. However, after the 5 minute walk break, the second 8 minutes felt much more comfortable for some reason. I even managed an extra little jog on the way home and extended my cool down to get a full 5K for this month’s virtual race.

I’ll probably be in last place for this month’s 5K, but given that most of it was walking I’m not going to complain about my time – 43:19 really isn’t anything to brag about, but I’ll take it.

I’m also having a lot of fun with the data that my new Garmin throws out. I’ll maybe do a post on it another time once I know a bit more about it, but here’s a screenshot from today’s run that shows the type of info that it gives you.

My next run will be on Saturday or Sunday, so that’s all for now. Happy running and say hi in the comments so that I know you’ve dropped by.


C25K Week 2

Today I completed my Week 2 run for Couch to 5K, to try to get back in shape. As with Monday’s run, I found it ok and was pleased that I’d managed to keep some of the old fitness despite my time off over the last year or so.

I used the same route as Monday, along Portland Road towards Portslade Station and back again. It’s only about 3.5K including the warm up and cool down, but it’s long enough for me at this stage. Also, being Saturday, by 10 am the traffic was getting busy enough to annoy me when I had to cross the roads, so much so that I missed about half of an entire run section and had to improvise a bit to make it up.

Hopefully it will be a bit quieter on Sunday, when I plan to do my next run. I’m thinking of maybe skipping to Week 3, but I’ll see how I feel in the morning.

I hope your running is going well. Please feel free to say hi in the comments to let me know you’ve dropped by.

Happy Running!

2018 Up and Running!

Happy New Year!

As promised, I’m back on the blog and the C25K program as from today, and it feels amazing!

I had a bit of work to do this morning and overslept slightly, but I was willing to forgive myself (what with it being New Year’s Day and all) and took my time. By the time I’d finished my work, it was 2pm and, even though mid-afternoon is not my favourite time for running, I was itching to get out.

My Garmin seems to have misplaced itself since my move in the Summer, but for once I wasn’t really bothered about recording my run data. This is very unusual for me as I used to be a real data addict, but it could be a good thing… we shall see.

So, Garmin-free, I dusted off my kit, grabbed my iPhone and headed out the door into the cool New Year’s Day drizzle. My iPhone is pretty ancient (I’m still using the 3GS after all these years) so it doesn’t run any tracking apps these days, but it still has the original Zen Labs C25K app on it that tells you when to run and when to walk.

I decided to avoid the seafront and headed along Portland Road instead. It’s not a route I’ve used much as it involves crossing a few roads, but as today is a Bank Holiday the roads were very quiet, so it didn’t matter too much.

I found the run pretty comfortable considering how long it has been since I’ve run outside, but it was still challenging in its own way. Even though my legs seemed to have remembered how to pace themselves, I was starting to feel it a bit by the end of the run.

When I got home, I mapped my route and saw that I had covered about 3.5K including the warm up and cool down, so I’m pretty happy with that.

How’s your training going? Did you go for a New Year’s Day run? Are you returning to running after a long break? Please share your thoughts in the comments?