So i recently started c25k after losing some weight and returned to normal BMI using the myfitnesspal app. With only a little left to go until i reach my final target weight, I decided to throw in some excercise and get these asthmatic lungs doing some work. In my head, i felt like if i could make the healthy eating a habit which is just now "normal" to me, I should probably use the momentum and get fit too. I seem to stick to things when there is a target or a defined aim, so c25k looked perfect. Initially I was dubious about running 30min by the end of week 8, however as usual i was 8 weeks ahead of myself. So kindly told the gremlins to jog on and decided to give it a shot.
Wk 1 passed by quite easily with a little pain between the shoulder blades, but, shock horror my cardio held up and instead of feeling exhausted at the end, I actually felt amazing. I guess it was combination of managing the first run and things starting to look achieveable. It was a bit of an eye opener. A friend who runs alot gave me some excellent advice about keeping shoulders relaxed. This helped massively with the shoulder blade pains. I had to play with the speeds on the treadmill but settled at about 6km/h walking and 8km/h running which, while not eaxctly fast, felt comfortable for my first time.
I've just started wk 2 and the 90second runs again passed by without too much hassle. I did up the run speed to 9km/h this week more to help get into good stride. Things felt more fluid and it definitley got some beads of sweat going. I definitley felt like i was doing some work, but again, at the end, hit the goal and felt amazing. I wasn't far off 4km by the end of the 30mins, so i walked on to 4km just to see what sort of time I could do it in and I manged the 4km in 37:43. I was pretty pleased with that!
I'm very lucky to live very close to great 5k parkrun which happens every saturday. So my aim is to do that in a respectable time. It's quite a hilly course, so just using the treadmill to build up initial cardio then I'll probably alternate treadmill days and park days as the weather improves.
Loving c25k so far!