Kage: I always take music, couldn't do without! I use Runtastic so am always recording my sessions, and in an hour I usually clock in at 8.5K, so I think I'm well past the 5K barrier!
Ric: Sadly the closest Parkrun to Bath (where I live) is about 10 miles away. As much as I'd like to go, it seems crazy to drive there first. Nice idea though Ric, I'll keep a tab on it because I'm sure it will eventually come here.
B&Tabby: You make a valid point! Actually I only hit 'red line' when there are hills involved, or upwards running and I go a bit fast. So, I think I'll just pace myself and continue using Runtastic to calculate what I'm up to.
Katt: Thanks, that's a real effort 9.55 min mile. My best is 10.46 and I started around 14 as well, so it's good to see progress
Does anyone actually use Runtastic? Could do with some others on there as I'm a lonely sole at the moment
Hi all! Okay, I say newbie which isn't technically true. I started a c25k about a year ago and failed miserably after 4 weeks. Now I'm engaged and my fiancé will kick my butt if I don't sort myself out and soon!
Anyway, butt kicking motivation to one side, I want to do it for myself anyway. So, I started 15th April this year, Runtastic, a Polar heart rate monitor, new shoes and a 'Run for 50 mins plan' on Runtastic.
Somehow, I'm 8 weeks in and still at it with 2 weeks to go! During this time many questions have arisen, and I've been saving them for one big post, so here we go:
1. Because my plan is focused on running time rather than distance/speed, I don't know how well I'm doing as I have no barometer of where I should be. I am currently running 8K (give or take 0.5) in around 1 hour, with 2x1 min intervals during the run. I say 'run', it's probably more of a slooooow jog.
2. As my distance has increased, my the lower area of my right knee starts to ache during the last part of my runs. Should I be worried? Can I do anything or will it go with increasing fitness?
3. My heart rate scares the hell out of me. Today my average HR was 152 and max 173 (which Runkeeper refers to as 'Red Line'). However some days when I push myself I get a max of around 195 and average of 164. Where 38 mins (64% of my run was in the red line heart rate). Is this a serious matter for my GP? I don't really want to drop dead. Incidentally, I've never felt on the brink of death, just fast breathing.
4. What's the next logical step in 2 weeks? Should I move on to a plan that teaches me to run 10K or half a marathon? I would have said 10K, but I'm not that far off already!
5. One thing that I'm poor at is speed. Most of my friends run 5K in 25mins and my PB is 36mins. Is that something that just comes naturally with time, or do I have to train specifically for speed?
6. Stretch wise, I only tend to cool down and stretch post not pre run. Is that okay?
7. Do people generally breath through their mouth/nose? The amount of bugs I eat is extraordinary. I breathe with my mouth wide open because my nasal passages become quite restricted when my heart is going.
There, that's it for now! Thanks for reading and your help
Thank you Mr.Rider! Run 10 today - interval training (60s run 90s walk x 10). I quite enjoy this because I get to run as fast as I can averaging 4:40 per km over the 10 intervals. I'm really pleased with my progress, although not pleased that my weight hasn't budged one iota :/ I need some tips from Sharon I think!
I have an Android phone so saldy I can't use ismoothrun, but I'm happy with RK, it's doing the job just nicely.