WatchTo5K

    Cartoon drawing of a man in a tracksuit running, a headband on his head, and writing below saying that week 2 of couch to 5K program has been completed

    Well that is week two of the Watch to 5K completed. This week was harder than the second, though I am also seeing progress. I am running a little further than the previous week. At the moment I am finding it hard to imagine that I’ll be running 5K by the end of the program. However, there are still seven weeks to go, and it is a gradual build up each week. Onwards and upwards πŸƒπŸΌ

    πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ I don’t think that my run today will be much fun, though it will be a challenge. Winds are currently gusting 20/25mph, with a forecast for stronger winds.

    This morning’s Watch to 5K run was the hardest so far. The fifth in the program, the second of the second week, I think that my calf muscles were tightening up with this new regime that I am putting them through.

    I’m still pleased that I am on this program, and look forward to see how I progress.

    I’m happy to have completed Run 3 and my first week of the Watch to 5K app and challenge.

    Map of my third run on the Couch to 5K challenge, along with details of my run, distance and times

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Heading out for the second run of my personal Watch to 5K challenge.

    Accountability and Running

    Towards the end of last year the iOS/Apple Watch app, Watch to 5K, was offered at a discount and it got me thinking. I wanted some easy accountability to get me exercising.

    This app essentially puts a Couch to 5K program onto an Apple Watch, with a companion iPhone app holding all the data from each run. What I found compelling about the app was that all I needed was my Apple Watch when I was out running. My iPhone could stay behind.

    So starting yesterday - actually I started last week and then pulled a muscle in my side, and so reset the program - I took my first run. I will be running every other day for nine weeks. Every β€œrun” is made up of walking and running, progressively running more and walking less, until you find yourself running 5K.

    While out yesterday I could feel the strain in my legs. I use to run in high school, but have not done so since. So I am trusting myself to this program, to help get me back into shape. My accountability will be to check back in here on my blog occasionally with my progress.

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