Last night I completed run 3 of week 7. A fantastic feeling to go from a very unfit individual to running 25 minutes quite consistently (losing 8lbs in the process!)
However, after run number 1 of week 7 I found myself getting a bit bored of the podcasts. In the earlier weeks they were great with Laura saying when to run and when to walk. And the music choices in the earlier weeks were quite good as well.
But when I got to week 7 and started the longer runs with no breaks, I found them to be a little bit of a hindrance as the majority of the podcast is just music and very much not to my taste. I didn't find it pleasant to listen to nor did it encourage me to push myself and really struggled with the 2nd run in week 7.
So for run number 3 I decided to make my own playlist. I knew where half way was from doing the runs previously so I didn't need Laura to tell me "12 and a half minutes". I just chose a song for the first walk, and the 5 minute walk at the end and put 25 minutes of music in between. My choices and more upbeat music that I enjoyed.
I ran to my half way point, turned around and ran back and found that I had got to the "finish" with 2 minutes to spare and felt ok! Don't get me wrong, I was tired but didn't feel like I'd run any faster.
If you're getting a little bit stalled with the Podcasts, making your own might just give you a little bit of a boost to kick on.
Tomorrow I'm going for 30 minutes!