Having just completed C25K, and following some great advice and encouragement in another post, I have decided to move on to the C25K+ podcasts for a few weeks. This evening I attempted the Stepping Stone one. This is the first time I have consciously attempted to walk or run in time to a beat.
The warm up walk was fine, but when the running started I really struggled. I couldn't work out how I was supposed to run so slowly! But suddenly it clicked - the reason I was struggling was that I was 'jogging' rather than 'running'. My strides were so short that there was no way I could maintain only 150 bpm. Lengthening my stride and adopting more of a running action made a huge difference and I found that 150 bpm was actually quite comfortable. I carried on at this speed, and then the shift up to 155 bpm was fine too. I must have been about half way through that section when disaster struck - the podcast on my phone stopped!
There was no way I was going to stop to try and sort it out. For the first time, I felt like I was really running and I wasn't stopping for anything I kept going to the end of the 30 minutes of running, though I don't really know if I managed to keep up the pace and I might have been out by a minute or so on the time. But I ran further than I've ever run before, so I really don't care!
Thanks again for the encouragement