My running has been so up and down.
I loved C25k app. I completed all the runs and was really pleased with my progress.
Post C25k I started to think about pace/time and comparisons to other people and it took a bit of enjoyment out of it.
I did Race for Life 10k which I enjoyed and then due to work (trade show for 4 days 5am starts and 8pm finishes) couldn’t fit in running the next week. This seemed to set me back and seriously considered just going back to C25k plan and starting it all over again.
I am determined though to keep up this running habit. I feel good after a run and whilst I am more of a plodder than a gazelle I am still doing it!
I have started Ju Ju’s plan because whilst I have run 10k I didn’t feel like I got there through steady improvement it was a bit erratic and l had to repeat a lot of the zen labs 10k app runs. The zen labs app was OK but in hindsight it was 3 identical runs with walk breaks scheduled at intervals (very much like c25k. In hindsight I think Ju-Ju’s plan of 1 short: 1 medium and 1 longer run would have been better to follow.
So far I have done following runs from Ju-Ju’s plan:
Run 1 2.5k was Ok and did 5k run in 2nd attempt tonight. i stopped at 3.8k on 1st attempt. I don’t understand fully why I am going backwards but I seem to have quite a few bad runs. My heart rate is quite high, I keep checking my watch and get despondent that I still have another x/k to go! All I want is for run to be over now!
My suspicion is that I am struggling because of pesky voices telling me “this is too hard/stop/walk etc”. What I did tonight was something I remember Jo Wiley saying on C25k about having some sort of repetitive mantra hers was “I Love Running” Mine was “you can do this” alternated with “you have run 10k before” repeated this in time with my strides and it worked I didn’t stop! It may sound cheesy but it helped. Going to do my next run in Wednesday and think up another “motivational” phrase to keep me going. Hopefully this will get easier!