Ease into 10K – Week 1

Here we go then. My attempt to get back into running. I’ve picked up the 10k app because I want to continue moving forward with help from the training app, not necessarily because I’m intending to run a 10k. I think my main aim is to complete a 5k in a better time than before.

Previously, I have used the My Tracks app from Google, but the Runkeeper Pro app was free during January so I thought I would give that a try. I’m glad I did. The graphs are amazing, and it’s great at keeping track of your stats and letting you know your own personal records.

The first two graphs below I had to put in manually, which is why they only have elevation, and limited average information. By the third run, I had managed to sync my phone and Runkeeper account together and there was more information available.

Week 1, Day 1

Run 3 min/walk 1 min. Repeat x 5.

I went into this expecting the worst – still got the remnants of a cold, and it being the first proper run of 2011. The first 60 seconds fooled me into a false sense of security, and off I trotted. Turns out it wasn’t completely easy and I am terribly unfit… again. Oh well.

The good news is, compared to when I started running way back last July, I completed the whole thing without thinking I was going to die, and once I’d finished, I recovered pretty quickly.

Week 1, Day 2

Run 3 min/walk 1 min. Repeat x 5.

My goodness it was cold out there today. Did not help with trying to remember how to breathe properly, but never mind. Slightly better than the previous run, but still finding myself a bit sniffly.

Week 1, Day 3

Run 3 min/walk 1 min. Repeat x 5.

Not too bad today. I went into that robot mode where you just keep on going no matter how rubbish it feels. I’m still slow and look silly, but I can feel the cobwebs really starting to blow away.

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