When I first started the C25K I could track my route and it told me how many calories I’d used etc but I found it hard work. Then my physio told me she was running with Sarah Millican. I was using the American version. I quickly swapped and ran with Sarah a couple of times but am now regularly running with Jo Whiley. I’m enjoying it so much more but I wish I could see my route map and times as well as how many calories I’ve burnt. Is everyone ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’? or are some people using the American version as well?
English or American?: When I first started the C... - Couch to 5K
I track my runs ( well.. walks while I’m on the IC) with my Garmin watch ( one of the older forerunner 30s) and then run the Garmin Connect App and Strava on my phone. The watch synchs to my phone and stats go to both Apps.
Personally I think Garmin Connect gives better stats and breakdown and strava sometimes cuts my distances short but both are fun to check stats in.
Endomondo is another tracking app that in addition to the usual stats also uses your all-time totals for calories and distance to tell you how many burgers you've burned, and how far you are in going around the world and to the moon.
I use a Fitbit Charge 2, which in turn uses my phone's GPS for distance and to generate maps, and feeds in heart rate data as well. I link to both Strava and Endomondo to get those additional takes on data as well as what Fitbit gets me as well as to share runs with friends, who are mainly on Strava. I also track food on My Fitness Pal and have that integrated with Fitbbit too.
Perhaps it's because I was educated as a scientist, but personally I can never have too much data, because it helps to keep me realistic and provides motivation while at the same time protecting me from false optimism:
- Calorie data is helping me to manage what I eat and get out of the weight gain spiral I've been in. It's great knowing how many extra calories from running and other exercise I have in the bank each day if I want to go over the limit I've set.
- Sleep data will often explain why a given run felt more difficult than others, and that stops me from becoming discouraged.
- Distance data stops me from having false hopes. I know what I can expect to achieve by the end and was able to come to terms at an early stage in the programme with the knowledge that it certainly will not be 5K in 30 minutes.
- Pace and heart rate data provide encouragement that I am improving even when I feel otherwise. I can see how my resting HR has decreased and how I'm able to sustain a higher HR for longer periods while running. When I see a new fastest pace number come up, even if it only lasted a few seconds, I know I've broken through another barrier and have new goals to achieve.
I've only realised in the last few days that the original version of C25K lets you choose distance or time. If I'd known that from the start, I would have used that app or another that sets distance goals instead of time goals, but there is no point changing now I'm at the start of the last week! Again, it's a personal view, but for me distance is a far more meaningful end result. I'd rather know that I can run 5K in 40+ minutes than that I can run an unknown distance in 30 minutes, simply because events (apart from some ultras which are irrelevant for my low ability level) are distance-based. Even entry-level events like Race for Life and Parkrun involve running a distance not a time. Knowing the distance I am able to run again protects me from false expectations.
Wow! Denovo so much info to take in. I’m going to try with MapMyrun this morning purely because I already have it on my phone. So much technology - downloading my playlist to my phone was a triumph for me. Usually I ask my children when they come home. I do agree with you though that running the 5k is priority, not the time I do it in. That’s my goal........for now 😉