Since finishing C25K I've been repeating W9 and just adding 3 minutes to my run each week. This week I'm running for 39 minutes. I've also changed from running 3 times per week to running every other day.
This morning I decided to listen to C25K+ stepping stones instead of W9 during my run. What surprised me is that 160 steps per minute is actually what I seem to naturally run at, and I found forcing myself to slow to 150 and 155 a bit tricky, I kept drifting back up. When the last part of the session at 160 started I felt more comfortable. The fact that Laura was there was a pleasant surprise, I hadnt realised that she was on these podcasts too. I did find her running technique pointers helpful. I think I tend to run pretty much as she says at the start of my run, but tend to slouch a bit towards the end, and I found being nudged to run proerly by Laura quite helpful. I think when I start to slouch that it starts to bring on a bit of back ache, so it is good to avoid that.
Although I naturally run at a fairly constant 160bpm, my speed varies with hills and stuff by varying stride length.
So it was interesting to try stepping stones, but it has made me think that what I actually need is some 160bpm music, maybe I'll check out what else audiofuel has to offer.
Happy running all