Monday, 26 January 2015

Keep on Running

10 runs into the year and I am surprised that:

  1. I am still running even though
  2. I was surprised with how incredibly unfit I was and that surprises me that
  3. I am actually getting better
The couch to 5k programme that I am following now has me running for 3 minutes.  180 seconds of running doesn't seem a lot, but 10 runs ago I couldn't go for 60 seconds so this is a massive improvement.  My last run detailed here: was the first run that I didn't do as a loop.  I ran from the Mountbatten centre through to cosham centre.  Although not the greatest distance, mentally it felt great to start in one place with a certain destination in mind.  At this point in my training plan this has been very helpful.

As I said when I started this I have been gathering statistics on every run and averaging them out over each week of the C25K programme.  I've decided to make this public in case anyone is interested.  Apart from the raw data I have learnt a few other things:

  1. Running with spectacles, in the rain, while getting too warm means you spend way too long trying to wipe away the rain and haze.
  2. Hills are hard, but only in one direction
  3. Never judge a run by your heart.  I can feel that a run has gone badly but the realz of the stats show that the run was awesome
  4. Running makes me feel so much better

Sunday, 4 January 2015

1st run of the year

After my new years resolutions I had to commit and actually run.  Naturally being a nerd this activity required tracking and monitoring. I spent quite a bit of time working out how to track my run, what I was going to listen to and where I was going to run.

Tracking my run.
I have started using run keeper on my phone for this task.  It tracks my run via built in GPS, gives me details of my progress every 5 mins and then saves all the stats of my run to the cloud.  I did consider a fitbit or jawbone device but this app was free and seems to do a fine job.  The app also allowed me to design routes online and then view them on my phone.  Quite handy to see where I was going to be running and how far that was in advance rather than just be running aimlessly.

What to listen to.
Instead of just picking a random running album I decided to use the NHS free couch to 5km podcasts.  Each one uses intervals of running and walking to build up stamina over a period of 9 weeks where hopefully I should be able to run 5km.  I transferred the podcasts to google play and then stream them to my phone.  Having someone tell you when to run and when to walk was quite helpful

So no need for any new toys.  Amy had already bought me some trainers and I have clothes that I can run in.  However since my phone was going to be my tracker and music player I invested in a karrimor arm band to house my phone and a pair of runners headphones.  Both were half price.  The headphone were very comfy and the arm band although too tight to fit on my upper arm kept my phone safe on my lower arm.