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Start of Week 2... and a video!

Garu
Garu

Today was Week 2 Run 1, and the difference between running for 90 seconds, as opposed to 60, is noticeable. I feel as though I have slowed my initial runs, but it’s a better balance, and I’m still clearing the airways and getting very out of breath by the end. That’s usually a sign that a work-out has been a success.

Another positive is that my fiancé has started joining me in runs! She has been wanting to do some exercise for a while, and I think my runs have inspired her! As I did W2R1 today, she completed W1R2. And she has been fantastic, surprising both of us! I do run off into the distance, but I walk back to her, and we shout each other on!

Lastly, I made a video. It’s me on one of my Week 1 runs. If you’re a little bored, or want a bit of inspiration if you’re finding it a little tough, give it a little watch!

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Great run. Slowing down is good... let those legs develop. I ran this with my daughter in similar fashion to you guys... best of both worlds really, run at your own pace and yet cheer each other on. We did circuits in opposite directions with a high five when we crossed over, a suggestion from someone on here, and it was brilliant.

Enjoy your next one... now I’d best watch that video.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Seen video... you’re bonkers in a good way!

Have a look at dynamic stretches for before the run... static ones can do more harm than good.

Hydration... great that you didn’t take a bottle with you, it’s not needed for 5k. We drink today for the run tomorrow, so sip water all day every day and you shouldn’t feel thirsty at all. It’s easier to do if it’s room temperature. The only time I don’t have a water bottle with me is when I’m running.

Pacing... looked perfect to me, you got a good workout and yet could speak in full sentences... that’s the recommended way to do this plan. Don’t worry about pace at all until after C25K.

All in all, you’re doing great by the looks of it.

Garu
Garu
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks for the feedback! I’ll certainly look at dynamic stretches, though a more thorough stretch does have a significant effect on legs which a physio once described as “the worst legs I’ve ever seen on someone of your age.” Even though I didn’t have any leg problems at that time. I was not a fan of her.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Garu

Yes, do the static stretches after you’ve run, and while the muscles are still warm.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Good video, although on the video it is week 1, you say on your post that you have ran run 1 of week 2 with your fiancé, that's great company for you. This is the first video I've seen here on C25K. Just wonder if you will video any more runs, especially run 3 of week 5. Hmmm.

Great 🧔 beard you have Garu, looks at least about a years growth, I'm at just over 6 months growth, keep on bearding as they say in the bearding world and keep on running here on C25K. 😊

Garu
Garu
in reply to AlMorr

I think W5R3 might be an interesting next one to take it on, though I might have to excuse myself for the language I may use. 😳 Also, I’m not sure if my fiancé will continue, as she had pains in her knees after the run, which fits in with what we were expecting for her. I suspect she’ll just be doing Week 1 sessions when she does come out for quite a while.

Thanks! I think this is the maximum my beard goes to, and it feels a lot nicer than the cold-air-on-face I remember from pre-beard runs. I hope you’re appreciating your own, too!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate
in reply to Garu

Yes I am appreciating my beard very much Garu, my granddaughter especially likes to stroke it comparing it to stroking a cat. 😊

Your first sentence suggests that you are going straight on to run 3 of week 5, no you must follow the C25K week by week course rigidly with no short cuts. Onwards and upwards for your next run of week 2. 😊

Garu
Garu
in reply to AlMorr

No, I’m definitely not ready for that yet! 😂 I just mean that I’ll take it on as the next running video, not the next run. Sorry, I wasn’t clear there.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate
in reply to Garu

Thank you for your reply Garu, I'll be looking forward for that.

John_W
John_WAmbassador

Great video - but ditch the water bottle! Completely unnecessary.

Carry on running and good luck!

Garu
Garu
in reply to John_W

Thank you! As I say, I have a big drink before I go out. I’m not one for carrying a hefty bottle around the streets.

John_W
John_WAmbassador
in reply to Garu

Honestly, you don't even need a 'big drink'. Just a normal amount of liquid with not much in the hour before you go out and you're fine. For example... if you're running at 12 noon, then your normal cup of tea or coffee with breakfast with maybe another one mid-morning or a glass of water is sufficient. Only when you start running for over 1 hour do you need to think about hydration and fuelling.

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