Couch to 5K

w-2r2 - still pre week one

We might get to start faster on the official c25K plan than we thought.

Last night, in the rather slippery frost, we were out for a full 30 minutes. Last time my wife's wheezing did for us about 10 minutes after we started the jogging portion, which was in the middle of the session. This time we put the running into the last 10 mins and did the 60s on 90s off for that whole 10 minutes, walking briskly to start with for about 20m.

So we managed a full 30 minutes of exercise - a bit more actually as we ended up a few hundred yards from home, and we did twice as much of the running portion as before. And we sped up a little despite the slippery surface we didn't face in r1. And it was no worse in terms of bodily effects than before! So all in all pretty good.

We will look to gradually increase the running portion, putting it at the end of the 30 mins, throughout next week so we are close to w1r1 position by next weekend, or maybe reach that performance before next weekend. Then we can start properly.

Meanwhile its pretty damn slippery while frosty on the pavement so were are off to decathlon to make ourselves a bit more luminous if we chose to jog on the gritted roads from time to time.

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See, you're already seeing improvements! How wonderful. You'll be starting W1R1 in no time!

BTW, I think it is great that you guys have thought outside the box a bit to set yourself up for success. I have no doubt that when you start the programme, you two will do great, especially doing it together.

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Thanks!

It's looking quite good actually, we can tell we are improving and I think we are on track to start week one proper next week and shouldn't find it shockingly hard :) We just wanted to make sure when we started it wouldn't be so hard as to put us off.

Obviously new year is a bit of a motivation but against that is natural lethargy and bad weather so we need every help we can get to stay motivated.

I do envy people in the southern hemisphere - their new year's fitness resolutions coincide with great weather!

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Just keep it. above all things slow and steady... and please.. if it is icy...stay inside. It is the one weather condition many of us will never run in... think Bambi on Ice!!!

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Well done anyway :)

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Thanks!

It was a touch of frost rather than ice - we are fortunate enough to live on a high priority road for gritting but it is quite quiet so its not too risky running on it particularly late when there is almost no traffic, provided we can be seen.

Our running kit is pretty low viz though for fear of being looked at! So we need lights or reflectors to make us safe without wearing pinks or yellows that make our shape too obvious to all and sundry!

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Very wise to ease yourselves in. Well done.

I would suggest you read this healthunlocked.com/couchto5... to get an idea how to handle the programme.

Keep it up.

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Thanks! It is working well we should be in a fit state to at least start w1 proper next week!

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