I've been reading a few blogs on here every so often, but have reached a personal milestone, so thought I would logon and share Especially after this week, reading about week 5 run 3 and going from thinking I had no chance, to actually thinking it might be possible.
Well, guess what, this morning I got up at 7:30am. before it started to get properly hot (over 30C in the UK at the moment, who would have thought it!) and gave it a go. I didn't use Laura for this run, I just put on my own music, strapped on my garmin and away I went.
20 minutes later, run done, actually not too bad!
Now, I'm a bit of a gadget freak, and last time I tried to start running I bought a garmin foreunner with heartrate monitor, so here are a few pretty graphs and data samples which might be of interest...
I have a 3k loop which I use whenever I feel like running, which has a 20m elevation difference between the bottom and top. Not massively hilly, but enough to notice the up and down bits in the short distance. Over a year ago I bought the Forerunner, used it a couple of times then stopped running as I hated it, I was unfit and it made me feel like crap. Fast forward a year and as mentioned i'm halfway through the couch-to-5k course at the moment, but i'm still using the same 3k loop to run on.
So I have some data, one of the last runs I did when I had no idea what I was doing, and the run I did today on the couch-to-5k course.
Distance: 3.05 km
Moving Time: 20:26
Avg Moving Pace: 6:41 min/km
Avg Moving Speed: 9.0 km/h
Avg HR:166 bpm
Max HR:191 bpm
Week 5 run 2:
Distance: 2.88 km
Moving Time: 20:54
Avg Moving Pace: 7:16 min/km
Avg Moving Speed: 8.3 km/h
Avg HR: 162 bpm
Max HR: 182 bpm
Week 5 run 3:
Distance: 2.84 km
Moving Time: 20:45
Avg Moving Pace: 7:18 min/km
Avg Moving Speed: 8.2 km/h
Avg HR: 151 bpm
Max HR: 177 bpm
So i'm a bit slower than I was before, which is interesting.
However, look at the picture I added ( link here i80.photobucket.com/albums/... ), top graph is the run from a year ago, middle is week 5 run 2, bottom is week 5 run 3.
A massive difference in the amount of times I had to stop, the speed at which it hit my limit, and the time it takes me to recover between the first and second, the third was a slower pace, but over the full 20 minutes I never hit my previous peak heart rate!
The most impressive thing is how much longer it takes for my heart rate to hit peak, and this is only after just over a month of regular running. Quite a distinct improvement I think.