I'm just starting week three and absolutely love this app. I've always wanted to run but never known how to progress sensibly. So far I'm doing ok. I'm running on a treadmill at present but will move out into the park once the weathers better and my stamina has improved.
My advice would be to try not to rush through, and take the program at the suggested pace. I suppose there is a danger there that you might find it too easy though, as you have done some running before, which could be a turn off too! Have a read of this very good article that describes the philosophy behind the Couch to 5K plan that Get Running uses. It's by the guy that developed it in the first place, so he knows what he's talking about He talks a bit about software engineering at the start, so you could skip that bit!
I'd also suggest that you could mix in some outdoor running with your cross trainer and treadmill sessions. It is mostly pretty gloomy out there at the moment, but there are odd days of sunshine! Running outdoor is quit a bit more demanding that in the gym, so that might help to keep you challenged too!
Please come back and let us know how it goes for you! All the best.
It's fantastic you've got to week 6 – very well done!
It's great to know Get Running is working well for you. I'm certainly thinking about extending the application, and a 10K plan would be one sensible direction. It'll probably not be ready in time for your needs though :-}
My friend Matt blogged about starting to run with Get Running, and he's running 10K quite frequently now, so you could take a look in there. I'll ask him if he can also write a reply to you – I expect he'll start a new topic for it in the Graduate forum. Here's his blog (I'm pointing you to December last year where he's just finished Get Running):
You could also start a new discussion in the "Graduate" forum yourself. Ask other users how they're planning to continue.
All the best!
On another note, the dr. said I have capsulitis, which is an inflamed tendon on the top of my foot near the ankle. No running for 2 weeks .
im loving the get running app. I've never been able to run although have kept quite fit up until 4 yrs ago when a rare illness caused paralysis in left leg from knee down. Have worked hard to walk again and now am so determined to run and beat my demons- this app has been perfect!
My leg is holding out well- am just starting week 5 but have needed to change my foot strike due to over pronation caused by the weakness in my leg so have repeated some of the weeks. All is going well and I find the voice overs really spur me on.
Cant wait till i complete it!!
it's wonderful news that you're overcoming your disability, and I'm very happy that Get Running is helping you – thank you for coming here and letting everyone know!
You, and everyone else, should certainly not worry about repeating a week – I've not had any diseases that have effected me like you (neither, rare ones or usual ones), but I did extra sessions for some weeks to make sure I was ready to move on. Slow and steady wins the race, as the expression goes
Keep up the great work!