I've been flirting with jogging for 10 years now. I've attempted various plans on a number of occasions, but never got past week three. Lack of motivation, pain, smoker's lungs...whatever the reason, I've always quit. But recently I've discovered some fire; a number of things in my life have basically collaborated to say "pull yourself together".
I discovered this app via a Charlie Brooker column. I must admit to being a little tense about it, because it seems much more demanding than many other running routines (e.g. walk three minutes, run one minute, repeat four times). But there are so many success stories from all types of people that I'm just determined to give it a bash.
I went for my first run last night and got through it successfully. I must admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and I ran as slow as I needed to in order to complete the workout. The legs felt a little heavy towards the end, and I found myself needing to spit a lot (sorry for the graphic image!) Perhaps the most satisfying element was the sweat - the forehead, neck, back, chest were all glowing with a cold sweat. Again, not the sexiest of images, but a real sign that a real workout had just taken place.
It's early days - the earliest of all days - so I'm not going to get ahead of myself...there's just too much failure in my history to get cocky. But I'm going to take it one run at a time and will give it my best to get to the end. Hopefully I'll keep this little thread updated from time to time.
Keep at it and don't be discouraged by the odd set back. We all have off days when your heart jusn't isn't in it. Just redo the day in question.
Lastly, I recommend using Runkeeper to track your progress. You can run it at the same time as get Running. It's fun to be able to see yourself improve over time.
I have now completed the first full week of running and feel great for it. I actually wish I'd started a couple of months ago to take advantage of the summer weather! My legs feel a lot stronger - and ache a bit, in spite of post-running stretching, but I expected this after spending so long sedentary.
The biggest observation I have so far is that the legs felt very heavy for most of my W1R3 run, like I was landing on two lumps of concrete. I had thought that lung power would be the issue for me, but it's actually turning out to be leg power. Having said that, I did feel myself seemingly improve as the run got deeper - perhaps something to do with loosening up the muscles?
Either way, I'm looking forward to a two day break and then onto week 2
Quick update for my first run of the second week.
It was tough. It really felt like an upgrade. Unlike the first week, this run really hit the lungs - I was deep breathing throughout, and never really felt like I had the time to completely catch my breath before the next run began.
No complaints though. I was able to complete the run, and was damn thankful for the cooldown walk! The biggest difference I've noticed after just four runs has been the emergence of muscles in my legs; it's quite freaky (and fantastic) to accidentally hit a large, hard lump of muscle!
I ran my w2r2 yesterday and it was definitely more bearable than w2r1 - the first thing I said when I got home from r1 was how much of a step up it felt! R2 was easier, although I did mess up picking my route and the last 2 runs of the session were uphill. I felt every second of both of them! W2r3 for me tomorrow and I can honestly say I'm looking forward to it.
Cusheybutterfield: you were so, so right. The second run was much more bearable. It's hard to believe it came just two days after I had struggled so much with the first run. Heck, it was a breeze.
I completed the third run of the week this morning, and that too was absolutely fine. The interesting thing about that run was how I was absolutely flying on the final, sixth run. I'd have thought that's when I'd be at my weakest, but I was running almost at full pelt instead of "chugging" along in my normal fashion. I hope it's a good omen.
Anyway, that's the first two weeks done and I'm proud of myself. I have all the confidence and motivation I need for week three, which I believe will be a big, big week. Not only in terms of how long I run (I have not done any program where I go for longer than 90 seconds), but also in terms of sowing a habit (don't they say it's three weeks?) I will admit to some trepidation about it considering my recent memory of the first run on the second week, but shaking that off right now.
Onwards and upwards!
Looks like we are about the same place in the program and a lot of what you said about your history and experience in the past reminded me of myself! Would love to stay in touch and compare notes as we finish this journey! How's week three going so far?
When I got my trainers from specialist running shop (Sweatshop) they told me if I had any problems with them I could take them back within 30 days and they'd exchange for a new pair. Could you do that with yours? As it sounds like your trainers are not a good fit. You shouldn't have to suffer with blisters. Hope you get it sorted cos it sounds like you're off to a great start otherwise