W4R1 was tough but R3 was soooo much better today. Bring on Week 5 on Tuesday.
Just about to do the first run... I haven't seen this side of 7am (without pulling an all nighter) in a very long time...
EDIT: I think my heart is going to come out of my mouth... that's normal, right?
Yes @LosOjos, that's normal lol.
Well done to you for giving it a go. I found that the hardest bit was getting the motivation to get out of the door for that first time so you've done that bit. I got such a buzz from that first run and still get that same sense on achievement every time. I'm about to start week 5 tonight and can't wait to get going.
Keep us posted on how you get on.
Next run is Thursday, hoping to eventually build up to a point I can participate in the Park Runs people have been posting, I'm only 5 minutes away from Walsall Arboretum where they've recently started doing it
Well done everyone on this thread :yo:
I'm onto W5R3 next - my last one had 2 x 8 minutes runs with a 5 min walk in the middle. I'm so chuffed I can run these sorts of times, and definitely planning to keep it up. I am noticing that my heart rate goes up much less dramatically, and I am recovering much quicker. Love the fact that Laura on the podcasts pointed out that this is my body becoming fitter :)
Oh, and @Sam_Brown - PUP :)
completed W1R1 yesterday, seems like a long way to go until 5k at the moment but I am sure in time that will seem more achievable! Since it hasn't been long since I broke my foot oddly, I decided for now to have 1 day break in between each run whilst I get into the swing of things but I was actually gutted this morning when I realised that means I can't go onto R2 until tomorrow. This mind-set is more than a bit alien to me right now but I ain't complaining!
Wahoo, I completed W5R3 yesterday - 20 minutes of running without a break! It's the first night that I've felt a bit miserable about going out there but I think that was the weather. Felt so proud of myself afterwards :)
Well done @nyiss and hope you continue to enjoy it.
Well done Harry Monkey and everyone else.
Needing to loose a bit after years on not doing much exercise, started going on the treadmill and croos trainer which I invested in. May give the Couch to 5K a go now that days are lighter. Sound like good fun.
Good luck Everyone.
I completed W1R2 this morning, surprised that it felt quite a bit easier, I expected it to take at least three weeks before I noticed any marked improvement.
I did W5R2 the other day and found to my great surprise that by half way through the recovery walk after the first 8 minute run I was ready to start running again.
W5R3 tomorrow ... a straight 20 minute run. I suspect that will be a whole different matter!!
Start Week 7 today. That's it now, no more recovery walks, it's all straight running. I did W6R3 on Sunday and that wasn't too bad, just a straight 25 minute run, but from here on in it's going to be tough I think. Three 25 minute runs this week. I just hope and pray that my knee holds out although, it does appear to be improving.
How is everyone else getting on?
I'm about to do W8R1 tonight. Found W7 hard work but not too hard. For the second two, I listened to my own music instead of the podcast, and have also experimented with some new routes, which has helped loads.
How did W7 go for you, @HarryMonkey?
I got to W2R1 then my knee decided to do it's normal really painfulness so I am out of the club for at least 3 months.
R2 was much harder as I was away for a few days and whilst I had a lovely park to run in (Bradgate Park in Leics), it was an "out and back" run and the second half was hard as I had the wind in my face and it was slightly uphill, there were points when it was all I could do to battle against the wind and keep going.
R3 was on Sunday and I was back on home ground and I found it much better, it's strange because I seem to get stronger as the run goes on, the last minute I was able to really stride out and was much more relaxed.
I start W8 tonight and can't believe it's less than two weeks before my race, I'm nervous but really looking forward to it at the same time. I had my Macmillan race top arrive last week and that really brought it home.
If someone had told me that in just 9 weeks I would be capable of running a 5k race I would have laughed them out of the room, now I can't wait.