I haven't posted for a few weeks so thought I would share my experience today! Having just managed to do the 25 minutes run about three weeks ago I have now decided to slow down for a bit. I took a break for a couple of weeks because of a holiday but when I got back running for ten minutes it felt really hard. To be honest, for the first time, I questioned whether this was something I really wanted to do. The idea of attempting 25 minutes, rather than feeling challenging just felt like something I did not want to do. So I did an internet search looking up 'learning to run'. I came across what seemed like a very sensible article which talked about setting aside programmes and instead listening to your own body. The suggestion was to do the warm up and cool down walks, then to have a twenty minute running time but in it to take walk/breathing breaks as an when you feel your body needs them. So this morning after five minutes running I walked for probably 20 seconds then ran some more. On an upward incline which felt tough I walked for 30 seconds or so then ran again. Somehow giving myself permission to take little walking/ breathing breaks when I felt I needed them made all the difference. I don't need 3 minutes but I do need 20 seconds. So, in time I hope not to need them and then I will move onto a 25 minute run. But I'm 62 and am only doing this for my heart and my health. The real aim is to be doing something aerobic three times a week and strengthening my bones. But its no good if I feel unhappy. My reason for posting is really that I imagine there might be others like me. Reading of other people's success on the 9 weeks with Laura is great but it can also leave you feeling that somehow you ought to be achieving the same. But we are all very different and there really isn't one size fits all.
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