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Surprising myself... but app problems

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate

I've been lurking here cos I don't really do much 'sharing' online. However, I had to say that I was really surprised and pleased to complete W5R3 last night. It was still pretty warm in South Wales at 7:30pm, but I managed to gasp my way through 3K in the 20 minute run.

I am 61 and will be 62 by the time I complete the programme (after last night I am starting to believe I really will) and I am asthmatic. But the asthma is well controlled, and I have been a Morris dancer for 40 years, so I have a certain basic level of fitness - in short bursts of activity. I have never run, though (and never 'believed in' running as an activity), and decided I had better start at the very beginning. It is supposedly the very best place to start, after all! My legs are doing fine, but the lungs have been straining since the first 5-minute run, so I was not at all sure I would make 20 minutes. It was hard going.

On a different point, I'm having terrible trouble with the OneYou Couchto5K app. Laura starts me off running, then goes quiet and I realise the app has crashed and I have to estimate my timing as well as I can by my watch. The ZenLabs C25K app is much more reliable but gives you nothing more than "start running... start walking". no tips or part-way interval reminders or anything like that. I am also tracking my runs via my Huawei wristband, which later gives me the map trace and all the pace and pulse stats in the Huawei Health app - I don't know if this is interfering with Laura or if it is something else. I don't use music cos I'm just not one of those people - I don't understand all my colleagues in work sitting with headphones on all day; I'd generally prefer to hear the world around me. Any tips or suggestions for a better app?

...and I'm prepared to be persuaded about the benefits of music to take my mind off the hard work of running, if you have any particular tips there, too!

21 Replies
oldestnewest

Hi there

Well I am 63 always hated running - prefer challenging yoga - and I too don’t listen to music!

Just completed week 3 - and I too have had a pausing app problem - no idea why. I now hold my phone very carefully and it’s been ok the last couple of goes

I run in Rickmansworth - but brought up in Pontypool!

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to YogaRules

I am a Cwmbran boy, now living in Newport.

I have a pair of bluetooth earbuds, and a stretchy running belt that carries my phone, house key and inhaler. They work very well - I just wish I knew what was crashing the app.

I started this when someone said dancing once a week wasn't enough exercise. Stick with it - it really feels like the build-up programme is very well planned, and working for me so far.

YogaRules
YogaRules
in reply to Oldjigger

I will suggest something - try a challenging yoga programme too - we have men coming to our classes who think it’s an easy option, and are quite shocked !

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to YogaRules

I have no illusions about yoga being easy, but I also have other hobbies, so I'm about at capacity for the moment.

YogaRules
YogaRules
in reply to Oldjigger

There’s always room for a Down Dog!

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate
in reply to YogaRules

Not too soon after breakfast there isn't, as I discovered recently. But seriously, 10 minutes first thing for four years was great (I got legitimately derailed and struggle to get back to it) I don't do classes (other than online) as they definitely don't meet my needs

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to GoogleMe

I used to do Tai Chi, which I should get back to practising. Rather gentler than yoga, but definite benefits.

sparkyjohn
sparkyjohnGraduate

I use an Ipod to play back the podcasts having downloaded them to my laptop. This means you get the music that comes with them but I'm 67 and I don't hate it too much to use.

Congrats on your achievements so far. John

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to sparkyjohn

Thanks, John. I may just download the next podcast to my phone and try that.

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to sparkyjohn

So - W6R1 and the podcast works a treat. Thanks.

sparkyjohn
sparkyjohnGraduate
in reply to Oldjigger

I'm pleased that worked, my next suggestion would be to convert the podcast to an mp3 file which should play on anything. However there may be copyright issues redistributing the podcasts, because of the music used, so hopefully all's well.

I wear a Fitbit and when I used the app and the GPS was connected to Fitbit and Strava, causing the apps to frequently crash. I think the demand for the GPS signal caused a conflict. Changed my watch to log as exercise only (without GPS and map) and started using Strava and the app and it started working fine. It crashed out in my final runs of week 9, but by then it didn't matter as I knew the time and Strava announced where I was.

Not sure this helps but may explain the problems of using too much tech together.

Anyway, I hope you continue to enjoy the programme as much as I did.

Good luck! 💫🏃‍♀️💨🏃‍♂️💨💫

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to Sutsha

thanks, Sutsha. I wouldn't exactly say I'm enjoying it, though! W5 has been hard work, and I've always thought the concept of 'challenging yourself' was over-rated, but I intended to stick with it. My ultimate aim after graduation is to do a weekly park-run, just to get me out of bed earlier on a Saturday.

Week 5 seems un-achievable until you do it. Then week 6 seems easy after managing week 5 and it's only a tiny bit more. It isn't! The best advice I can give you is to slow it right down, then it all becomes more manageable. Somewhere along the line I become addicted, but I do know a few who continue to hate it, but do it regardless!

Kudos to anyone who manages to keep at it when they don't enjoy it.

Hopefully you'll come to love it.

😊

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to Sutsha

Well, W6R1 did seem easier by comparison, but it is a cunning program, the way they make you think you're getting breaks, but they are actually extending your active time.

Sutsha
Sutsha
in reply to Oldjigger

Just keep reminding yourself...it works! 😊

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate

The podcasts are much more robust as a presentation and some argue quite vociferously that the soundtrack does not constitute music.

I kvetched a good deal before starting that I liked to hear what was going on. I got over myself, just put in one earbud (obviously this doesn't work for people who are deaf in one ear) These days I don't often listen to anything, just the Runkeeper folk announcing from my phone in the depths of dog treat bag (but podcasts and audiobooks can be handy for long runs)

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to GoogleMe

Well I used the podcast today for W6R1 and it worked flawlessly. But I did find the music was tempting me to up my pace. It was hard to hold back to what I knew was the more sensible speed i needed. Plodding on..

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate
in reply to Oldjigger

Ah, interesting - I don't *think* that happened with me during the programme ie with the podcast soundtrack but certainly it is all too easy to have something playing that isn't the right pace for your purposes. Well done for staying focussed.

I find Gardener's Question Time good for keeping it slow and steady!

Hi well done on how far you've come so far 😊

I didn't actually do the Newport parkrun but I was there a few weeks ago and doneva run myself where the parkrun is held

This programme is amazing and with so much fabulous support you'll soon be celebrating your birthday 🎉 and your graduation 🎓enjoy your 🏃running 😊

Oldjigger
OldjiggerGraduate
in reply to Kar43

Thanks. Gonna stick with it. It is a very clever, well designed programme.

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