So because I have taken comfort from reading so many other people's experiences of this beast I'm going to log my own in the hope it helps others
I have followed this programme purely in my local gym on treadmills. This is because I have been getting bad shin pain and I find treadmills easier on my legs. I find treadmills speeds are always different so to give you an idea the initial 5 min "brisk walk" is at speed 5.8-6.3 for me and I have been running at speed 10.
Today I moved up into week 4 and ran the first of the 3 3min run, 5 min run x 2. Shins killing me so got the ice pack on wrapped up in tight bandages. Plan is to do the second run on Saturday and the last week 4 run on Monday. That means week 5 starts on Wednesday (14th) with the 20 min beast the following Monday.
I'm just going to document how things go for me from now until I hit w5r3.
Today's run went well, the 3 min runs are easy for me now (although they didn't use to be haha!) but the last 5 min run was a struggle, I had to knock the treadmills speed down from my usual 10 to 8.5 which was a really slow jog. I am more than confident that Saturday's run will go better though and I'm quite looking forward to w5r1 which is 3 x 5 mins. At this moment I'm actually getting palpitations just thinking about running 20 mins considering how I feel after 5 mins haha.
More this sat assuming my damn shins stop aching so much!
Think positive an you'll do just fine!
Make sure you let us know how it goes and the best of luck!!
The thing to keep in mind is that you have already done two 8 minute runs. The twenty minute run is just two of those together, with a few extra minutes tacked on. You CAN do it!mido77777 wrote:Guys,
I just finished the Week5 run 2, and I cannot imagine that I will run on Saturday for 20 minutes.
I feel that the jump from continuous 8 minutes to 20 minutes is really hard!
In fairness my shins were still quite sore. My gym was closed for a few days to install new equipment so I thought I'd give my shins a few extra days rest sonthey are ready to rock this week. However I did do something very useful in that I went into a local sports shop what a colleague said knew its stuff running wise and spoke to them about my shins. They were asking about my running trainers and they had some fancy device I stood on and it took photos of the bottom of my foot. Long story short they said that extra support in my shoes (which I already have) will correct a general over-pronation but that there will still be a rolling of the foot that can cause shin splints so you can also get special insoles that support the foot arch to correct the roll so ingot some of them. They heat them up, you stand on them on a big sponge and they mould to your foot and set. Thy are very comfy
Anyway ran W5R2 today with my new insoles and it went good. First half was an absolute breeze but the last 5 min run I was counting the last minute down something rotten! Still it wasn't that tough so inwas very happy with it.
Not yet feeling like a 20 min will be easy like Mido77777 but there is still 3 more runs before I hit that.
Next run is Wednesday so on the cross trainer tomorrow