Thought I'd have a change today. I wanted to listen to my own music as I jogged. I know how to tell the time and I wanted to see how far I had gone in the 25 minute run.
So I wore my watch, dug out my old Ipod and loaded up RunKeeper on my iphone.
Started the iPod as I left the house. Did my usual 5 min warm up walk from the front door and knew where that would take me to, then started the stop watch and RunKeeper and off I jogged.
I have always seen myself as a jogger and a not too good one at that. Got the usual huffs and puffs at what I thought was about 5 minutes (wasn't looking at the watch) and then settled into my usual rhythm (whatever that is) and just plodded on.
having done W7R1 on Monday I knew roughly where I should finish after 25 minutes.
I did look at my watch after 19 minutes and felt OK so thought I would throw in a sneaky 28 minute run to give me confidence for next week.
I got to my 25 minute finishing place from Monday and thought what's another 3 minutes ?? and carried on.
I got to 28 minutes and although I felt knackered I didn't feel any worse than any other week.
I looked at RunKeeper and it said I had completed 4.43km !!!....WHAT !!!
I have been doing the program for over 6 weeks and this was the first time I had any idea how far I had run. I assumed that I was covering a couple of K's max with what I thought was my '53 year old man jogging' style of propulsion.
So I'm sitting here quite chuffed to think that I'm not a million miles away from actually getting to be able to run 5k without stopping. Even today I'm only 570m short with 2 minutes to go and I'm sure that if I keep up those 3 x 30 minute runs after week nine I will gradually get a bit quicker.
This whole program works and its incredible that after only 6 weeks I'm nearly running for 30 minutes and nearly running 5K.
Was a bit weird not hearing from the lovely Laura every 5 minutes and she certainly helped up to now but her work for me is done and I enjoy my own tunes now.
You never know I might pop Laura on once or twice in W8 or W9 to see what she has to say for herself as she always makes you feel very positive.
Cant wait for Friday and R3