OK, I now know that today I covered 3k (Week 2,r3) averaging 11mins a kilometre (so at least I'd do 5k in less than an hour, just, which beats my performance a few years back). How do I know? The Mapmyrun app now operates alongside the other three (yes, I've reached my 4-app goal!). Today it went like this:
*Sarah Millican comes on to the C25k app in my phone which I carry dangerously in my hand (must get a velcro arm-band). She reaches my ears through my slightly dodgy earphones (sometimes one falls out, must get new ones), and is soothing and helpful and encouraging, and tells me what to do when.
*The BBC radio app, plays R4 at me, which I sometimes take in and sometimes don't. Might try some music soon (another app!!). That fades when Sarah talks to me.
*Mapmyrun talks over anyone and everyone to tell me when I've plodded another kilometre (doesn't happen very often, mercifully) and also my average speed. Incidentally, Mapmyrun knows when I've caught a bus and stops mapping!
*Late at night, Active10 (a sister app to C25k) tells me whether I've reached my goal of 2 x 10 consecutive minutes of brisk walking per day (which I do on C25k days - only I call it jogging - and noticeably don't on other days - very tiring all this!). Active10 is the most judgemental as it actually detects the briskness or otherwise of my locomotion (apparently potting plants and making cakes is very inactive - who knew?).
I find all these measurements very satisfying, so far. But I barely have time to nod hello to the postman.
On the down side, so much can go wrong with this set-up - even before I tie my laces.
I may need more apps before I finish - any suggestions?
Hope you're all having a lovely time running!!!