I have just done my 2nd PG run tonight and am doing them without MJ - just a running app and my music. I'm also slowing the pace down a little and have found that I'm thinking more about stuff such as the title of this post - all the things I wish I'd known or done before starting out on this mad adventure.
So in no particular order:
1) I should have read a bit more about what this program was about. There are some great pinned posts to help novices such as:
healthunlocked.com/couchto5... (sorry doesn't seem to hyperlink)
2) I started out running in old trainers and didn't want to buy new ones until I was pretty sure I was going to continue - and then I wonder why I had ankle and calf pain!! I have since bought new running trainers and they are wonderful - I should've bought them sooner.
3) This forum is a great source of support. No matter if you are just starting or nearing the end - there is a whole group of people who are in the same position as you or have been in the same position. Following others' experiences can be a real source of support to make you realise you are not on your own - you don't have to post yourself (its not everyone's cup of tea) but check out the posts here regularly. There's a section on the right of the web page called Topics - and you can search by the relevant week.
4) It runs the risk of being a cliche - the advice to take your running slow and steady - but it is absolutely true. If your breathing is not right - slow down and keep it steady. If you have some little tweaks and aches - slow down and keep it steady. If you're struggling to finish - slow down and keep it steady
5) The only competition you have is with yourself. Many others will be able to run faster and longer than you, many will run slower and shorter distances than you - but that is not the point. The point is that you are running and by following the program week by week YOU WILL IMPROVE.
I remember (to my shame) looking a people who were running slowly and ungainly and thinking 'Why on earth are you bothering'. And then it struck me - they ARE bothering but it was me that wasn't - at least they were getting out there and doing something. So to everyone I thought that about - you have my sincerest apologies and my utmost respect.
6) Trust in the program - it may seem daunting and difficult but it has worked for many many people.
7) Most of the difficulties people have are due to the mind and not physical capability - you are training your mind as much as you are you body.
8) Running apps have been great for me - I've enjoyed the stats the give you and I wish I started using one sooner than W7
9) I think I would have benefited for looking ahead at what upcoming weeks held in store - I could have addressed any concerns I had much sooner.
10) Anti chaffing gel is a must
11) W6 is a bugger!! (as is W7 - for me anyway)
I'd be interested in hearing what others wish they had known and hope that at least one person starting out on this mad jaunt finds this useful.
Happy running one and all!!