I was not at all sure I would complete the 20 min run especially on a Monday morning following the weekend but I am delighted to report I did it! I am so thrilled :)

I have a question for you all though. I am using the most basic technology - an app on my phone that I play out loud as I don't like ear plugs and don't have any headphones. Luckily I run in a quiet lane so I can hear everything Jo tells me... however, I have read many posts where people are talking about how far and fast they run and I don't have a clue about my distance or times. So, I'm thinking of investing in fitbit type wearable device that will help me monitor my progress in a more sophisticated way!!

Can anyone recommend what I should start with and also what I should avoid?


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  • Don't focus on speed and distance at the moment, that will all come anyway. But if you wish to track and record your runs try something like MapmyRun that is an app that runs in the background. You can set a 5 minute delay so it starts when you complete your warm up if you wish.

    Good luck runner, you are doing great!

  • Thank you I'll give it a go! 😊

  • Yay!! I bet you felt good once you had done it x

  • I certainly do! Legs aching a bit but otherwise feel great! πŸ˜€

  • I use map my run in the background with the added bonus of being able to play music. The free version has lots of features in it anyway - including times, splits, distance etc. I use it at this stage (we are more or less at the same level, well you are ahead of me in truth) purely to see if I am covering more ground. But I know some of the more technically minded folk look at altitudes etc. I liked it because it's not an expense and I thought if I couldn't stick at running then I haven't wasted any money. I use it with only a 5 second delay so it starts when I start the warm up.

  • I'll look into it thanks Jan 😊

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