So I’ve got myself in a bit of a tiz during this run and quite annoyed/upset but possibly unnecessarily. Opinions/advice appreciated. Sorry this is long but I’m on a bit of a rant.
I’ve been sort of thinking for a while that the timing on the NHS C25K app isn’t quite exact - sometimes I feel I walk a lot longer in the warm-up walks than other days. But for some reason it’s never occurred to me before that that might feed into the actual runs, I’ve always just thoughts I was walking quicker on some days.
Today my session was W5R2 - 5 mins walking, 8 mins running, 5 mins walking, 8 mins running, 5 mins walking.
31 minutes total right? Except my Fitbit app which I was also using to track exercise says the session was 47 minutes.
The first walk felt ages - I remember looking at my watch at about 7:55pm not too long before the first run, and then I set off running, quite apprehensive about whether or not I could do it. Well I run about a third of my normal route, start flagging and then start feeling that it really must be over… keep waiting for Laura to say “You have one minute left, keep going!” but it doesn’t happen. Well I start walking, thinking something must be wrong look at my watch and it’s something like 8:11! And the app still says I have over half of the running left!
It sounds a bit silly but I sort of panicked because I’ve been so enjoying using the app and ticking my achievements off, and suddenly I didn’t know what to do. I stopped for a few seconds, thought seriously about giving up, but decided I might as well do the second 8 mins. I think I walked a few minutes (not the full 5 though) skipped a couple of tracks on the app, and got to the start of run 2. Timed it this time - started at 8:15, finished at 8:24 - look at app and it still says I have 4:50 to go…what!
Same thing happened on the final walk, timings all messed up.
Now I’ve got all sorts of thoughts running through my head - has this been happening the whole time?! What do I do now? Did I complete W5R2, I’m annoyed with myself for stopping in a panic after the first run as it's the first time I've ever stopped when Laura hasn't told me to, but at the same time I think I ran for about 10 minutes beforehand…maybe more! At least I kept going and did the second run!
Has anyone else had this problem? I’m wondering if it’s because I had the Fitbit app timer and the C25K app times going at the same time? I guess I should use the podcast but I was really enjoying using my own music with the app?
I was just enjoying the structure of the intervals and now I feel like that’s all gone to pieces!
My main question is should I go straight on to W5R3 (the big 20 mins...!) or should I repeat this run?
EDIT: Thanks to those who have replied, I've had a shower and recovered from the run now so thinking more clearly - taken everyone's advice, full steam ahead for W5R3 on Thursday with the podcast!
(If anyone's interested, I'm doing a podcast v. app timing comparison of W5R2 - and app is currently 7 mins behind podcast!)