Monday, 23 September 2013
Friday, 20 September 2013
I've completed the first week of training on the app.
Unfortunately I am going to have to do it again. I'm not ready to move on to week 2 yet.
In week 1 you run for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds. You do this 8 times. In week 2 you run for 90 seconds and walk for 2 minutes.
I am still struggling to run for 60 seconds 8 times. It's not my breathing its the pain in my legs. By the 6th time I just want to collapse and sit in the middle of the road in tears. I'm only managing about 40 seconds on the 6th 7th and 8th run. I don't see how I can push that to 90 seconds at the moment.
Really not wanting to do myself an injury I'm not going to push it. Hopefully another week of week 1 and I'll be ready to move forward. At the end of the day this is the first time I've run for 15+ years.
I really need to be proud of myself for accomplishing this first week.
I felt a bit down on my run this morning but I need to try and push that to one side.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Went cycling Monday night with H again but for some reason I found it harder this time.
Yesterday morning I did day 2 of the c210k app. I held my iPhone this time rather than having it in a pouch on my arm. I found this worked so much better for me. I was able to look at it when I felt like giving up and see that I only had 15 seconds more of running and keep going.
I did cheat a little towards the end. On the last 2 running times I paused it and walked a little longer before starting the run. It wasn't because I was out of breath but because my legs were hurting so much.
I think a lot of the pain is down to the weight I'm carrying and the fact I'm not use to running. Although I am also wondering if some of it is down to my trainers. The more I read the more I understand how the trainers you wear can effect you.
Our local running store Sweatshop explains some of this and I think I'm going to have to find some money to buy a decent pair.
It's interesting seeing different people's reactions to me doing this. On the whole people have been very supportive but there has been some that haven't even to the point of making me doubt myself. I very much doubt I will be able to run the whole half marathon in 6 months but I hope to be able to run a big chunk of it.
Not sure what I'm doing today. I have factored Wednesdays as either a second rest day or some sort of cross training depending on how I feel. I might go out for a walk or something later. I plan on running again tomorrow.
Sunday, 15 September 2013
I decided to do some research into how is best to try and train.
Most training schedule's follow a similar pattern to the couch to 5k. To be honest Thursday night when I started I probably wasn't too different with my time running to walking. Only I had nothing telling me to start/stop and I didn't time myself. It was primarily a session to see where I was.
I started looking at all the c25k apps on iTunes. (My normal phone is a Samsung Galaxy tab II, far too big to take out running with me. So I dug out my old iPhone 4) While looking I happened upon the couch to 10k app I figured as I'm actually training for a half marathon this might be a better training app. From what I can see, it starts off on a similar routine to the c25k.
Today I started day 1 week 1. I took H out with me as I really want to show her that this is a good thing to do. (She hates running) I wish my mum had done something like this with me. I might not be in the position I'm in now if I had learnt to enjoy keeping fit and making healthy choices. I really hope I can show H how beneficial this can be.
Honestly it was hard. It was my ankles and lower legs that took the brunt of it. I found the time in between was enough to get my breath back but not enough to stop the pains in my legs. At the forth run I was glad to hear the voice on the app tell me I was half way. It really helped keep me going. Seconds earlier I was thinking of extending the walking and missing the next run minute. But I didn't I kept going not wanting to cheat myself on the first day.
H on the other hand hardly ran at all. Not sure why. She's fit and healthy. Not carrying any weight. So she should have found this exercise easy. She hates running though. I think I heard every excuse under the sun when it came to running. "My foot itches" "my legs itchy" "I'm hot". I wasn't running that fast so it wasn't like she couldn't keep up just by walking fast. It was nice having the company but I'm not sure if I'll take her again. I do feel a little upset that she couldn't get into it though.
The app was great. It told me when to start and stop. It also told me when to warm down and for how long. I'm not sure I will be able to progress as fast as it suggests but I will try my best. Worse case I redo a week a bit longer.
I just wish I could get past the pain at the moment.
Saturday, 14 September 2013
H and I went on a bike ride in the rain yesterday after she finished school we did about 3.5 miles.
We didn't go overly fast as her bike couldn't keep up. It took us about 30 mins including warming down and waiting to cross very busy roads.
I've said to hubby I want to drag H along regularly so she learns to enjoy keeping fit and it becomes her natural lifestyle.
I am really aching today. It's my rest day. I will try running again tomorrow.
H kindly took some pictures of me in leggings and a vest top so I can compare before and after. I will hopefully see some changes as the weeks go by.