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Stepping stones

I'm not sure I like this podcast! Running to the beat of the music certainly keeps you in a rhythm. Only problem was it was too fast and I wasn't able to slow down 🀣 it was like i was stuck and couldn't stop if I wanted to!

Starting out the first 10 mins at 150 beats per minute wasn't too bad but just as I'm getting over the toxic ten Laura tells me to speed up to 155 beats per minute πŸ˜– This pushed me a little out if my comfort zone and I was struggling at times. Those pesky gremlins were out in force tonight πŸ˜ˆπŸ‘»πŸ‘ΎπŸ’€πŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ώ probably because my mind is not sufficiently occupied my music alone.

Any way I'm cutting this short because the app is playing silly buggers. Suffice to say I completed 25 minutes of the running. I just couldn't bring myself to do the last 5 mins at 160 beats per minute.

I did get to drink chocolate milk when I got home 😊😊😊

Oh and I missed the rain! Yay!

Happy running folks xxx

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Well done on getting through it. I have to say I don’t like the idea of this one at all.

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I thought I would give it a go as struggling to run 30 mins at the mo. Probably a mental thing, as i did it ok with a Nike guided run so I think I'll try some more of those in the run up to juju's plan starting.

I've printed my plan out and stuck it on the kitchen wall πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I'm so glad I've got you lot on this forum cause no ones getting why im a tad excitedabout doing it. πŸ€ͺ

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I also have the plan on the wall. I like looking at it. Is that mad?

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No. We are perfectly normal, it's everyone else who's not πŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺ

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I might give it a go myself but what's the music like?

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Rather dreary and very repetitive but I guess it does it's job πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ it won't be your go to party playlist!

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Hi there, it sounds like you did really well and you did do it so well done!

I’m sure some people swear by this but I tried it once and it just wasn’t for me.

I find I don’t want to be pressured how fast I run as I want to build my endurance at my own pace so don’t feel deflated if you decide to try something else. It’s just about finding what works for you .

I ran 30 mins 3 x a week for quite a few weeks while I figured out what I wanted and then started upping one run a week and discovered I was kind of already following what I now know is jujus magic plan on bridgeto10k.

I’ve now printed out a plan of this and will try and make it to 10k .

Good luck , you’re doing fab!

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Thanks Zippy. I've signed up for juju's plan 😁. Like you I don't think this podcast is for me at this moment, but we gave it go πŸ‘

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Definitely! Good luck with juju’s plan ! X

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Hi - what and where can I get Ju Ju 10K plan?

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Hiya there is a pinned post on this and the bridge to 10k forum. If you can't find it there, look back at one of my recent posts and there is a copy in the photo at the top x

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That was the first of three, the second one is +C25K speed, is shorter, around 18 minutes but varies from 150 to 165 steps a minute, same as the third one, that's stamina, 35 minutes of non stop running from 10 minutes of 158 steps a minute, then 20/160, finally 5 minutes of 165 steps a minute. On that third podcast I covered about 4.5 km.

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Thanks for the heads up. πŸ‘πŸ‘ I will defo avoid them now. Really need to focus on plodding for longer, with just my short run to be done a little quicker. There's no way at this stage I can run that speed without causing myself injury.

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I found an app just recently that might help you with your cadence or running steps a minute, it's called Metrome Beats, you can install it from the Android app store. I set it at 155 beats a minute for a recent 5k I ran, it took me 52 minutes, 3 days later at 160 steps I took 38 minutes, no music on it, just a tick, tick, tick, if you are are a even paced runner you could run it at say 158 beats/steps a minute.

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I love your optimism! My normal cadence is a consistent 150. But the idea of a metronome it a good one. I could use it on my short runs to set a consistent faster pace. Food for thought πŸ‘

I wonder if I could get it to tick whilst also playing the radio/audible book πŸ€”

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Sadly no to that last part jogunlikely, I did experiment with that app, I can listen to Alexa on Mapmyrun telling your distances and pace and have the metronome app going at the same time but when I tried the radio with music OR Spotify the music cut out, however, it might work on some phones where you can have music, audio and the ticks going.

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I have TE Tuner app for using as a metronome whilst playing my sax. You can also listen to music and change the sound of the beat.

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Thanks for this, I'll give it a go 😊

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Sounds like a repeat of my experience. 😟 I haven’t been back & haven’t missed it. Might have another go later, I suppose, but not until I feel much stronger.

I decided I don’t really want to speed up at this stage - just to go further over more time. Ju-Ju’s time plan is a better bet for me and I’ll do that when my visitors leave at the end of June & I’m not fitting runs in as and when! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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We gave it a go and decided it wasn't for us. But we did at least do it 😊

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Laura does say, don't worry if you didn't manage it all at the end...

You tried...its there if you want it sometime. I do like her running tips on there. 😊x

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The podcasts like c25k just take a bit of practice and you ran for 25 minutes that's great then you got to drink chocolate milk to finish off . Well done (my favourite is strawberry )πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚

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Milkshake, the food of champions 😁

I'm pleased I got a run in and yes 25 mins is a good effort. I guess I didn't really think it through having done a fast (for me) 20 mins on Tuesday. Definitely a plod at snail speed on Sat morning x

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As the world’s worst dancer I have no ability to run/move to any beat, which is a shame as with most of the music I run to I could be giving Mo Farah a run for his money 🀣

Well done getting the job done. I have been looking at my cadence since using Garmin, and it’s pretty even at 165-175 for all of my runs, it’s my stride length that changes as I speed up. I never did the stepping stones podcasts, but did some different speed sessions.

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UNM we all have it within us, it's finding the right level of alcohol to let it out πŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί

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Not happening!

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🀣🀣🀣

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I found the first time l used it really tough but was determined to do it and it does get easier. Like you, l don't particularly like it but found it really helped me learn to manage my pace which is so important for the longer runs 😁

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Maybe they could do a snail pace version say 145/150/155 that might suit some of us better πŸ˜‚

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I didn't like the idea of this either. After I finished couch to 5k I worked on getting to 5k and then gradually increasing distance and adding hills over time but without following any plan. My limbs play up if I try fast running so I've left that alone for now as I don't want any more time out with injury! I just head out there, set off and see how I feel and then go with the flow. It has worked well for me. Just got to 12k to celebrate 12 months since I started. Different things work for different people. Hope you find something that suits you better!

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That's a great mindset and congratulations on achieving the 12k. Impressive 😊

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I struggled with it too. Going to try the stamina one next time it's shorter!

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Mmm not sure. Check Almorr post further up. I don't like the sound of any of them! :)

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Tbh I have hit a bit of a wall and finding it all a struggle. Am going to try and do one podcast a week but I do find the running to a beat very strange as I don't seem to be able to co-ordinate my steps to the music, but it's distracting at least!

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Have a look at the Nike run app. They have lots of diff podcasts. I've only tried one which was really good but they were recommend by Unfitnomore who has trialled many if them.

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Thank you I’ll give it a go

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Hi folks. I quite enjoyed using Stepping Stones and Speed. Could this be?

A. I take a short stride.

B. I have no real intention of advancing beyond my current thirty minute, three and a bit Km runs, as health maintenance. No dream of 10km, HM or more. Some consolidation runs after graduating then I got bored repeating W9 runs.

Having always taken a Step rather than a Stride, following JSR, I found it encouraging to attempt to β€œRun to the beat”. At first I thought Laura said Run to the beach!” And wondered how she knew where I lived.

I might not always hit it, but there is quite a lot of repetition of the 1234,1234 mantra to keep your mind alert.

Several VRB’s have reported app crashing probs. May I suggest the podcast versions? No WiFi necessary to play them. Just a thought.

Fast or more gentile. Enjoy your running.

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Sorry peeps tried running to a particular beat on a structured programme sort of thing but hated it but that is just me. Being pushed to run beyond my comfort zone because someone is telling me to up the pace I feel maybe ok for some, but 4 months ago I was not even a runner so now I have on my sensible head after my wake up call of an injury (which THANK GOD now seems to be getting a lot better). My physio told me that everyone needs to build in core strength to their bodies as he sees a lot of people who like me were not even exercising a few months ago ending up with injuries because they overlook this one important thing, lots and lots of simple steady pace running. He advised I should forget thinking about how fast/how far/how many seconds I did less etc. Sad to say once you are injured and search this forum you find just how many others are also suffering too.....

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So glad yer butts better 😊

I'm not going to try anymore of this set for some time. I'm going to stick to nice coach bennett doing his "I don't want to run run" That will get me back to doing 30 mins. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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good idea...might be back on the road next week...yah!!

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Hey, glad things are looking up! And I’m totally with you on the own pace, slow & steady. 😊🐒😊

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yes today I actually did not have any nerve pain and it seems to be getting less. I have been taking magnesium tablets for a few days now and they seem to actually work for muscle and nerve pain.

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Was considering trying this podcast, but reading all these comments is giving me second thoughts πŸ€” I think Ill follow Ju-Ju!

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Yay! Starts Monday πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

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Jogunlikely I was the same with the stepping stones. Let’s move on with ju ju and see how we go! I’ll be starting in Cyprus so it will be 5 am here and 3 am in uk Monday morning when I go!

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😱😱😱 5am is about 13 hours too early in the day for me 🀣 but I guess you need to avoid the heat 🌑🌑🌑

Juju here we come πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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A short hint from me. You don't have to count all the time. With time you will feel the beat. The first times I tried SPEED and STEPPING STONES I got really stressed of that counting and I was running like hell. ;) Now, STAMINA ist my favourite one for the long runs. I actually prepared a longer STAMINA-mp3 with cut&paste ... so I can reach almost one hour with the new one. I think it's perfect for a steady pace. :)

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Only problem is there easy cadence is my normal speed so any quicker soon gets really uncomfortable but I'm pleased it's working for you πŸ€—

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Hi

Once I finished the c25k I dumped the coaches in my earphones. In fact the β€˜keep going you can do it’ actually annoyed me more than anything. I’ve tried music but don’t like being forced to a specific rhythm. I vary my speed quite a lot during a run, sometimes pushing hard on the hills and taking it easy on the top or going down. I dig back into my earlier years as a runner to try some fartleks and some intervals. But the bottom line is I mix it up both during the run and day to day which works for me. If I wear headphones I listen to a book rather than music. So 25 years ago ( aged 42) I was doing 18 mins for 5 k and the lapse was years. Since starting the c25k four months ago I’ve gone from 42 mins and total despondency to 30 mins and at last starting to feel like a runner with scope to improve and looking forward to going out. Mind I still need a day off running in between.

Keep going ( using any trick you can) you can do it

Trazj

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Impressive stuff πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I still haven't reached 5km. Short legs don't help 🀣🀣🀣

I much prefer running with voices rather than music. Music I can tune out really easily but the chatty stuff makes me listen and takes my mind off the running πŸ‘ I'm thinking about joining Amazon's audio book club πŸ€” where do you get your books from?

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I get mine from amazon for kindle and Audible which are apps on my phone and I can read on my kindle as well. All your devices synch so when you come in from a run then read on your kindle it starts from where you stopped listening. Quite good really

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Must have a look at this plan, I've been running 3 times a week and running to I hit 5k but must admit I'm having to push myself. I have an attention span of a gnat and just want it over and done with so not sure I'm ready to try and extend the running time.

Good luck

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Hi Jogunlikely, what’s this podcast on which Laura features? Quite fancy running to a beat.....however dodgy the music.

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If you Google stepping stones podcast it will come up :)

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Where do you find these. Have completed the couch to 5k and now don’t know what to do. I’ve just been repeating week 9 for last 2 weeks, but starting to lose inspiration.

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If you Google stepping stones podcast it will come up :)

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Thanks, going to try 1st one this evening.

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