Final post for today - it's very rare you get three in one day out of me, but I decided, mid-afternoon, to just get off my arse and go for the damn run, already.
This is the first run of the second week of the C25k interval training. Weather was sunny and cloudy, warmish in the sun but a little chilly in the shade, but with a strong, cold wind. The run pattern for the three sessions of the second week are 5 minute warmup brisk walk, 90 seconds run, 2 mins walk, repeat for 20 mins, 5 minute cooldown walk.
I wasn't looking forward to it but just went and did it anyway. It was hard work again and the 2 minute walks were much appreciated. I couldn't finish one of the 90 second runs and had to walk for a bit. I had to stop for a few seconds to point my toes to stretch my shins a bit (the start of shin splints?) but I did the full work out.
And the results are astonishing. I was amazed. The improvement from last week is nothing less than remarkable - I'm wondering if the GPS has got a bit enthusiastic. Here are the results, with last run's figures in brackets:
Distance covered: 3.4 miles (1.7 miles)
Walk pace: 16:29/mi (18:08/mi)
Run pace: 13:32/mi (15:07/mi)
Calories burned: 200 (195)
Weight: I didn't weigh myself this morning as I had a bad weekend on both the booze and the curry so there's unlikely to be an difference there.
But - bloody hell! 3.4 miles! It really, really didn't feel that far. It's exactly twice the distance I was covering last week. Bloody hell!! Maybe there's some benefit to be had in doing this after all.....
(Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did go commando and, surprisingly, it wasn't too bad at all, so at least I know now that's an option.)