C25K Week 8

I didn’t run last weekend as I had been feeling under the weather the week before, which meant that this week’s run was going to be a bit more challenging than usual.

My plan was to run for 30 minutes without stopping so I needed a road-free route to make sure that I wouldn’t have an easy excuse to stop. Normally, I would use the seafront, but as today was the Brighton Half Marathon, I decided to avoid the crowds and head for Hove Rec instead.

The nice thing a bout Hove Rec is that each lap is 1 kilometre (or thereabouts) so it’s easy to keep track of how you’re doing. Also, it has a bit of an incline, which can be good or bad, depending on what you’re trying to do.

At this stage in my training, I really need to start thinking about hills. I’ve signed up for an off-road 10K in May which I expect will be rather hilly. Also, I’ve agreed to do Bevendean parkrun in a couple of weeks which is pretty hilly too, so I need to start preparing for that.

So, I headed off to Hove Rec just before 9:00. It was a cold, crisp, sunny morning, so quite nice for running and I was feeling fairly positive about the whole thing.

The first lap was a bit of a struggle, but I persevered, slowed my pace and used the downhill to recover. The second lap was better, but after that I decided that I’d had enough of inclines and completed a half lap before heading for home. The roads were fairly quiet so I was able to cross without stopping or walking, and in the end managed to complete 4.31K in 30 minutes.

When I got home and went to upload my data, however, I was disappointed to see that for some reason the Garmin hadn’t tracked my route. I’m not sure why that is as the GPS was definitely on and the distance had recorded ok, but there was no map of the route.

Still, it’s not a problem. The main objective of today’s run was to keep going for 30 minutes, which I managed, so I’m happy with that.

How’s your training going? Did you get a run in this weekend? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

C25K Week 6

This weekend was my C25K Week 6 run. I had planned to run on Saturday but drank a bit too much whisky on Friday night so had to hold off for Sunday instead.

I woke up later than planned but I figured that there was no rush to go out. Sundays on the seafront are usually fairly quiet at this time of year so I had a bit of a lie in, took it easy and then headed out some time after 9:00.

My scheduled run was to be 23 minutes continuous (no walk breaks) but I thought I’d see if I could do 25 – no big deal if I couldn’t, but it was a nice sunny morning and I was in the mood for it so it was worth a try.

Despite the lovely clear blue sky and sunshine, there was a good strong breeze along the promenade. I decided to start by running West, into the wind so that it might be a bit easier in the way back.

To be honest, after a few minutes of running I did wonder if I’d even make the 23, but I tried not to think about it and just let my mind drift off and enjoy the fresh air.

At the end of the promenade, instead of turning back, I decided to go right and do a loop around the Lagoon. I’ve run that way a few times and the pavement is a bit narrow, but there weren’t many people around so it was fine.

As I predicted, the run felt much easier with the wind behind me, and by the time I looped back round onto the promenade I was feeling pretty good. 20 minutes came and went, and as I approached 23 I knew I was good for another couple of minutes.

I finished the run at 3.55 kilometres, which works out at a pace of 7:03, which is pretty much where I should be. When I got home though I was pleased to see that I had run negative splits, so that’s a good sign that things are on track.

So, all in all it was a successful session. The rest of the day was spent running errands and then I settled down to watch some football in the afternoon. My team won 6-1, so I was very happy indeed!

How was your weekend? Did you get a run in? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


C25K First Continuous Run

Today was Week 5 Day 3 of Couch to 5K – the one when you have to run continuously for 20 minutes without stopping.

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do this, what with only running once a week up until last week, but decided to not worry about it too much and just give it a go. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

I decided to use the seafront again as it’s pretty much the only flat route around here that doesn’t involve stopping to cross the road, and headed off nice an early. The walk to the seafront is about 10 minutes, so I used that as my warm up and then started my run nice and slowly, keeping an eye on my pace.

I found the first 800 metres or so a bit of a struggle. My legs felt kind of heavy as I plodded along the promenade, but after a while things seemed to loosen up and I got into my stride. I headed West, away from the busy area and the Saturday morning parkrun (I’m not quite ready for running in even a small crowd just yet). There weren’t too many people around and the weather was cool with a slight breeze and drizzle, which is perfect for me.

After 10 minutes, I turned around and headed back the way that I had come, enjoying the freshness of the sea air in my lungs while trying not to think about how far I still had to go. It certainly wasn’t easy and I knew that my body was having to work harder than it had done in a while to keep going, but I did keep going and made it to the end. A full 20 minutes, with no walk breaks.

The 10 minute walk home helped me to cool down and when I got home I checked out my stats.

The blue line shows my pace, and the big straight-ish part in the middle is the 20 minute run which, it turns out, was fairly consistent at 6:55 per km. The red line shows my heart rate, which ranged from 140 to 180 bpm throughout the running section, so I definitely gave myself a good workout. The little grey dots show my cadence, which is all over the place, but I can work on that later. For now, I’m just happy to have had a good run.

For the rest of the day, I did feel pretty tired and basically did nothing, but I guess I earned it.

Next weekend will be the Week 6 run. I’ll probably not bother with the midweek runs and go straight to the continuous run. It’s only an additional 2 minutes so it should be ok.

How’s your weekend going? Did you get a run in? Please share your thoughts in the comments.