Hi all.I am a bit late in starting as I am 70 years old in 2 months!! Like most on forum when I was younger many many years ago I was a lot fitter. Male, 179.49 cm (5 feet 7.5") 71.1Kilos which is about 11 stone 2.5 lb thereabouts.
I needed to loose some weight and get fitter so started out with walking on a treadmill.
I could walk at a leisurely 3.7 mph for 30 mins or so no problem but try to jog at that speed and I could only last for about 1 minute before gasping for breath & legs dropping off. I realised then there is a vast difference in walking & jogging at same speed and needed something to aim for as I seemed to be stuck in a rut.
I then came across C25K and what an inspiration it was to read of all the people who like me cannot run/jog/shuffle for a couple of mins, I had to have a go but boy did not realise how hard it would be for my old legs and breathing.
I have to admit somewhat reluctant to join forum at 1st as the speed I was jogging /shuffling at was nowhere the speeds that other found easy,5-6 mph & faster. Only through reading posts on the forum have I come to realise (at last) it is more about duration than speed. No way could match speed of someone half my age. I have to give credit to my wife who until injury started to run for her county (50 years ago) until injury. She would come into garage and see I was struggling and would encourage me by saying “Look you can see the finish line, you are nearly there keep going”, it worked.
Week 1-3 not too bad even though I struggled at jog for 3 mins at 4 mph.Like a lot of people I was dreading W4 with a 5 min run The 1st run I did the 5 mins at 4 mph but I was gasping for breath and staggering all over the treadmill. My heart max is 150 and I was getting up to 139 HB and I thought that is not good. I slowed down to 3.7 mph and I was able to complete the week ok.
I decided to do W4 again and even though I still was training at 3.7 mph I felt stronger and my breathing was getting a lot better with a slightly slower heartbeat.
Now onto this week and W5!!!! How am I going to do 3 x 8 mins when I struggled at 5 mins. At 1st I thought I would do W4 again but decided against it and go for W5. W5D1 went ok ,3 x 5 mins .
Today was D2 at 2 x 8 mins and I knew I would be struggling so I went for 3.5 mph and done the 2 x 8 mins. What I did was the last 30 seconds put speed up to 4.5 mph and it felt good(-:.
Now I have got over my feeling of failure of dropping speed from what was a slow 4mph to 3.5 mph I can at least do the required time and keep heart rate down+ I feel good as no longer gasping for breath.
Looking forward to D3 with a 20 min run as I know at 3.5mph I will complete it.
Yes I am as slow as a snail but I am enjoying it and I am definitely getting fitter & better at jogging. My aim is to complete the course and then let the speed take care of its self.
My other aim is to complete a Kate/Rachel jog/run route on WalkJogRun website which goes right past my house and is 1.6miles. Since I can only jog/shuffle for 8 mins at a time I am delaying going outside till I am more confident.
What also made a big difference were my trainers. I had an old pair I paid about £10 for around 15 years ago and basically a plank of wood has more give in it. My heels used to hurt on treadmill so I decided to go to the shop in Swindon called Run. They gave me a gait test and I purchased a pair of Brooks Ghost 10 trainers. True they had to pick me up off the floor and give me oxygen after telling me the price (-: but they have made all the difference and worth every penny or should I say pound.