I'm a graduate who has been lurking for a couple of months.
I qualified on the 21st July and then on the 23rd managed to pull something in my calf and was out for the count for several weeks. Then holidays got in the way. I gradually got back into the swing of things and now I'm venturing onto C25K+.
Having abandonned Laura and gone solo I've really quite enjoyed the freedom of simply running at my own pace with no music. I 've managed 5k quite nicely several times now and my speed isn't too bad. I managed 5k in 32.5 minutes, so then thought, "what next?".
This past week I've finally downloaded and had a go with the stamina and speed podcasts. I'm hoping to get fitter and go for longer runs and head up to 10k.
The first go at stamina was really quite hard, particularly at the beginning of the session. I've always had a struggle getting into it and letting my breathing come easily, so my first 5-10 minutes usually have me wondering if I'm going to be able to carry on. Then I get second wind and it all goes relatively smoothly. I hadn't looked too carefully at the length of the podcast, so got quite a shock when Laura tells you to up the speed for the final 5 minutes. At that point I was getting ready for my warm down walk! Anyway, I made it, red face and all and felt exhilirated.
To my amazement I had run for 6.4 kms - for the first time! I'm going to carry on with the stamina podcast at least twice a week.
Today I did the speed podcast. It felt quite short. Anyone else feel they should be doing more? The strange thing was that I actually went at a slower speed than for the stamina podcast. I'm wondering why I should bother with it if the stamina one makes me go faster? Any suggestions from anyone? I shall try the stepping stone one in a couple of days - any clues as to how hard it'll be?
Oh, and it's great being back with the bloggers!