W8R2 without Laura

I started my walk downloading the podcast, only to find that Laura wouldn’t speak to me, offering the excuse that I had no Internet connection. No trouble with other websites. The second time this has happened. Rather than the simple timer I used last time, I decided to try Runkeeper which I saw mentioned here. I could see the advantage of having distance covered recorded, since I have had no idea in earlier runs. The regular updates on progress are useful, although the tone of the speaker is hardly close to Laura’s ‘you can do it’ encouragement. After the 25 minute mark, I guessed the 28 minutes target but found that 30 min came up first. In the past I would have estimated the distance covered in hundreds of yards but the screen showed a little over 2 miles, convertible to 3.5 km. I’m not sure whether to believe it. I’ve never run more than half a mile before, and that was nearly fifty years ago.


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10 Replies

  • Runkeeper is usually reasonably accurate +/- 10% , the distance would be about right for week 8 , so I would believe it :D

    Well done on your progress so far , keep going graduation awaits :D

  • I'm not stopping now, my sights were on the end of October!

  • Well done. Just goes to show you can do it without Laura. Having said that, I took her out with me today & did week 1 run 1 again for the first time since starting in Feb just for a change. Lol.

    Happy running ☺

  • I have let Laura rest on my couch since week 7 because I was doing running with no recovery walks and Runkeeper kept time for me too. Can't say I have missed her, she is taking a well earned break, she did her job well as I graduate on Saturday and can run for both 30 minutes and 5K (not 5K in 30 minutes but good enough)!! Julie

  • Theoretically I could now do 5K in around 45 minutes, which would be very satisfying. But I'm not sure that theory and practice would coincide. I'll continue plodding though.

  • I found as the run times increased, 8 mins, 10 mins, 20 mins, 25, 28 and 30 it was a challenge whatever the speed thing so getting through each run, injury free, is what I aimed for and let the programme stretch my capacity to run for increasing time

  • It's stretched my capacity way beyond anything I expected and induced me to follow the programme closely if only to see if I could manage the next challenge.

  • I came to the same conclusion, even make rest days a priority and stopped cycling for now so I can reach the finish line LOL

  • You can set up notifications in Runkeeper to either time or distance covered, or both,and create intervals such as those used in C25k.

  • Thanks, that's helpful.

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