Last night I went to the C25k program.
I was expectting it to be hell, as I haven't ran/jogged/done anything like running since I was in school (25+ years ago). However my year of going to the gym must be doing something, as it wasn't as hell as I thought it was going to be. In fact it was okay.
We did some talking, where the guy taking the 50+ of us who turned up for the first session, in the cold and wind, explained what would be happening. He explained that we will only ever have to go at our own pace. He explained that it won't be the instructors pushing us, but we will be pushing ourselves. He explained how if we commit, after three weeks (of twice a week) we will see a big difference in our fitness levels. He talked to us about now going too hard.
He stated there are three paces of running:
1. An easy pace where you can carry on a normal conversation with someone beside you.
2. A steady pace where you can carry on a conversation, but it is hard and you only speak in 1 or 2 words at a time.
3. A fast pace where if the guy next to you starts a conversation you want to punch them.
I laughed, so did most of the people there, but I figured I was never going to be at a point where I would be running that hard.
Then we did some stretches and then we set out for a jog.
He stated that we could walk the distance, jog the distance or do any combination, but to keep at a pace where we could chat to someone next to us.
It was a 10-15 minute distance, and I think I jogged about half of it, walking the rest. It was hard, but not too difficult and to be honest I didn't push myself too hard. I definately could have worked harder, but it was my first time so I didn't want to kill myself.
After that we went back to the start position (and I wasn't last back, YAY!!) and we did more stretches and that was it. My first hour training for the C25K programme.
Its hard to see that after 10 weeks I could actually run 5K but we shall see.
Have you tried this programme yet? What do you think of it? I'd love to know.