What is it with the NHS C25K app!
Last year I got to week 8 before an injury and life got in the way of completing the whole program. So I know the week 5 run 3 run is hard and is a mental challenge, but the app made it even harder for me!
In week 4 I tried the NHS C25K app as I wanted to be able to listen to my own music rather than the dreadful music on the podcasts and still get Laura to prompt and encourage me. We'll it gave the wrong timings as others have indicated so I ended up running extra in the W4R1 run. So I deleted the app from my iPhone and reinstalled it. So yesterday I sat at my desk and checked that the timings were correct for W5R3 before I attempted the hardest run of the week. I ran it with a good playlist of music and runkeeper working as well. It worked perfectly, so I thought great I am all set.
So this morning out i went, started the app and runkeeper at the same time. At the end of the 5 mins warm up walk all was good and I made a note of the time on my watch and started running. As I had tested the app yesterday I knew Laura would tell me that I had run of 5 mins and I was doing great so I was looking forward to that. However, I got to the point on my run that is where I had got to on the first 8 min run on W5R2 and no message, so I checked my watch and it showed I had run for 9 mins. On checking the app it thought I had only done 4 and a bit minutes. Runkeeper agreed with my watch at 9.25 mins.
So I carried on just using my watch and runkeeper to the full 20 mins but without Laura's help and encouragement which I am sure made it harder by trying to manage my own time.
So the app is going to be deleted for good and I will have to go back to the podcast music. So much for trying to prepare myself correctly for the hardest run.