So far on I am on week 6 and every run has been completed successfully, however i can't say I have enjoyed any of them. As the weeks have gone by I dont think the runs are getting significantly easier, and the friend I run with feels the same. I really want to learn to enjoy running. Any advice about how I can achieve that?
Can I also get advice on whether other physical activities should be stopped when on this programme. Typically I walk for a couple of hours every day ( including run days) and I'm thinking this additional activity may be contributing to an unenjoyable run (either that or I'm just not cut out to be an effective runner)
Finally, any advice on what and when I should be eating and drinking on a run day, that could help improve my performance.
I can safely say I hated most of the C25K runs! I felt great afterwards but really didn't like the runs themselves. It was months before I felt as if I was enjoying it and even now have days when I just want a run to be over. Once you graduate and the pressure is off, try different things. A short drive to a new route can work wonders, as can running 'naked'! No, not without your clothes, but with no music/watch/run tracker etc. In just a few weeks you'll be a graduate and then you can experiment and hopefully find what makes you happy. If not, just grit your teeth and enjoy the post-run feeling🙂
Edit. Click 'Home' at the top of the page. On the right hand side you'll see a section titled 'latest poll'. Underneath that is 'see (or view, not sure) all polls. You'll see one about whether you enjoy running. It's quite interesting and shows that you're not alone!
Based on what you've said, I'll keep pushing on. I really want to get to a point when it feels almost natural to run
Thanks for your reply.
I can't find the edit on my page Archerygodess. Is it on the "Health Unlocked"?
Sorry, didn't make myself clear. At the top of this page it says Home, Posts, About, Members. Click on the word home and on the right hand side will be a pinned post called latest polls. I find them really interesting
Found it now - thanks. I seem to fit into the lower category of enjoyment 😟 but at least I'm not alone. I sort of read on and interestingly liked the comment of someone who said much depends on the warm up as to how much you enjoy the run ( or similar). I do the 5 min warm up each time but maybe it needs to be more vigorous. Will try it and see...
Kind of sad, though, that so many people don't enjoy running (I'm o,e of the "none of the time" ones, hoping to improve to the "very little of the time" group soon.