The problem sometimes is people see training plans, see week 1 has runs of a certain distance and think that means complete beginners who have never run before can expect to complete those distances. It sadly ain't that simple. A fit person may have a chance, but an unfit person who doesn't run is likely to struggle to complete even week 1. And if they do somehow make it, they'll probably pick up an injury in week 2 or 3. I found this out the hard way.
Sorry my fault, what I meant was the longest run is 5 minutes in the session. You do 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes.. with walking breaks in between. I do have the option of cross training too, that's a good point.
I have a similar question if I may. I'm currently doing the C25K but my progress has been rather hit and miss due to having a couple of weeks without running and i'm currently on week 4 of 9. But finding even that tough. I currently run three times a week. Is there anything wrong with running perhaps five times a week?
I'm concious that my overall aerobic fitness is at rock bottom and I feel like I really need to build that up quicker than I am currently. I want to run every day, I just don't because I'm worried about over doing it. But if i'm only running for a max of 5 minutes, am I being over cautious? If my legs feel fresh, should I just go for it?
Thanks for replying Sussex Runner. The medication isn't for blood pressure, that's always been fine. They were given to me to help with mild tremors. And to be fair they've helped. But I've always been concious about the side effects getting in the way of my running goals. As you suggest i'm best speaking with my GP about it again.
Is anyone out there running while taking beta blockers? Do you ever feel they are making running more difficult for you or do you not notice any difference?
I'm currently on 10mg twice a day which I believe is a low dosage. I don't take them for blood pressure. But in my non medical mind I often wonder if a medication that helps to slow your heart down etc is going to be counter productive for a runner.
I'm half way into a C25K training schedule and it's hard going. Now that could just be because i'm unfit and it's not meant to be easy, which I accept. But in the back of my mind the beta blockers question is niggling away and that isn't helping me mentally.
So if anyone can share their experiences of running while on this medication that would be welcome. I appreciate everyone is different but i'm still curious. I did ask my GP but they didn't seem to be sure either way. Thank you.