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!