So I work in IT, play computer games and was that kid at school who tried to blend into the walls during PE. My metabolism and terrible diet has served me well for many year keeping me looking like I might be fit enough to walk half amile without expiring, but then my 30s hit and my middle started spreading out and I started standing still on escalators so I wasnt out of breath when I reached the top.
So I packed in smoking in january (that was fun and now I have this app. I also have a treadmill, like a few people I am too self conscious about my incredible levels on unfitness to run outside and the idea of me in a gym is just preposterous.
Anyway I have just survived week 1 run 1, the hardest part was actually the 5 minute cooldown because the back of my legs hurt (that and walking into a doorframe just after getting off the treadmill because I couldnt tell if I was moving or not).
Thanks for making the app, if it can get me running 5k I will be chuffed to bits.
Also - quick question - the treadmill tells me how fast im going, what speed is a "walk" a "brisk walk" and a "run"?
Well done getting started. That's probably the hardest part
There aren't any specific speeds that are "right". Helpful, huh?
Part of starting to run is finding the envelope you are comfortable inside. Later on you can push that out, but at this stage it doesn't matter too much. The important thing now is to find out what you are comfortable with, because it's you that is starting to run, not someone else. Any predefined number is likely to be either too low (and you'll slack off), or too high, and you'll struggle too much and get put off. So, find that pace that you enjoy and that doesn't stretch you more than you are comfortable with.
Another quick point, if you find that you don't feel ready to move on to the next week at any time, then don't. Just do some more runs of the current week that you are comfortable with. The important thing is that you are running now, and you are getting fitter. Taking a few more weeks over getting to the fairly arbitrary (but nice and round) goal of running half an hour is no big shake!
Well done again, happy running,
The app has already paid for itself today, I actually saw the same sort of plan on the internet where you could print it out and then just use a watch or something to know when to run or walk or go home but to be honest there were times today when if I had been trying to it like that I would have given up. Theres something about looking at the countdown saying only 30 seconds or whatever and you can have a walk for a bit that just keeps you going. Even the fact it tricks you into walking pretty fast is helpful just to get you through. (Yeah that is how unfit I am, previously "warm up stretches" were only conducted when I wanted something from the bottom shelf of the fridge)
So I'm off to eat some lemons.
I have at least stopped banging my head after getting off the treadmill.