I have always hated running but wanted to get fitter so I bought a treadmill (I'm 47, mid life crisis perhaps!) as I knew it would be easier than pounding the pavements especially since my knees aren't happy with hard surfaces. I looked at various C25k helpful posts for the best speeds and incline to use and saw the weekly struggles most of us go through and the self doubt we all have and the wonderful encouragement from those who have gone through it all before.
Like most people I found the first two or three weeks hard work, wheezed through the first 60 seconds, was worried, (running for 2,3,5,8 minutes? eek! and there's no way I can go from 8 minutes to 20!!) but I would put my music on, finish the runs and then walk or run for a few minutes more each time as it seemed, not easy at all but perhaps too short a workout.
At the end of each session I would walk and jog a bit longer and over time managed to get up to an hour, perhaps not a good thing to do as it was in effect doing the workout twice. If the session said 20 or 25 minutes then I would try to run an extra 3 or 5 minutes each time.
I was a bit concerned that perhaps I was pushing myself too far too soon and may end up being injured but didn't feel tired and for the first time in my life was actually enjoying running! So I covered up the clock and listened to a few more songs. Perhaps making each session longer helped with my fitness?
My last two runs week 6 run 3 and week 7 run 1, I planned to run for 28 minutes but wasn't tired so I ran for 48 and 52 minutes. I know I should only be doing 25 minutes each time but it seems too short now.
I also know we all have different abilities and I know that it's much easier on a treadmill but I can't see much difference between week 7 and week 9 now, at least indoors, after all it's only a difference of 3-5 minutes between the weeks.
We went (or will go) from 8 to 20 minutes in one go after all, we all panicked but it was manageable. If you had told me six weeks ago that I would be able to run for ten minutes I would have been amazed!
I think I will have to have a few runs outside to see how hard it really is as I think I must be getting too overconfident and will probably have a nasty shock the first time I venture out in the wind and rain. I think having to stop to cross roads all the time, run on hard pavements and look out for cars will probably be sooo much harder.
But then again if I can run for 40 minutes on a treadmill then surely I should be able to manage 15 minutes or more at a slow pace outside?
I will keep you updated on my painful crash back to reality....