As someone who hated running with a passion but have always cycled, I found the issue to be in my head, when I was running there was always a voice in my head telling me this is ridiculous you should stop. I started out my target was run between lamp posts then walk to next one and repeat. It took a couple of weeks to build up to even running 1km. It took a long time however before I could ignore that voice although music helped.
Couch to 5k, doable for a chubster?
as said above, the couch to 5K program IS interval training for complete beginners. and it works.
whoever said they wouldn't recommend interval training to the OP is wrong, it's a tried and tested method for building fitness/losing weight (albeit not at a totally flat out pace).
Couch to 5k is basicaly intervals isn't it? Week 1 is run a minute, walk a minute for 10 minutes.
I can* run 5k, so I might join the missus on her's when she gets to about 3k and build it up from there. The perscribed intervals look a bit more interesting than just going for a jog. A bit like a club run alternating between hammering flat out at the front, trying not to die on the back, and recovering somewhere in the middle, is more fun than 4 hours on a road bike on your own.
*as opposed to 'do', I did the 'glupton 0-5k in under half an hour fitness plan'(tm), then got bored.
Check out you local Park run http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Turn up give it a go see how far you make it, try again the week after..
It really helps motivation to run with other people (for me anyway).
Both me and Mrs SLR started these a couple of months ago usually do them every other week but the times are coming down. Her's has dropped by over 10mins to a respectable 30mins
Just for interest! Interval training at its extreme by one of its greatest proponents and one of the greatest athletes ever.
In 1954, Zatopek was now 32 and competing for the Dukas Sporting Club. Once more his military superiors called him in.
"Emil," his voice grows low and gruff, imitating an officer. "You have world record 10,000, 15,000, 20,000, 30,000, but no 5,000. 5,000 is Olympic event." The record was 13:58, by Gunder Hagg from Sweden. "Can you get it?"
"Please, allow me to practice in the woods, in the forest, on soft terrain," Zatopek told them, as he had previously when asked to make a record attempt. "Three weeks. I need three weeks. Two weeks very intense productivity, third week, less and less, and then to try for the record."
With time off from his military duties, Zatopek did the hardest training of his life, perhaps the hardest training ever. "I ran every day 100 X 400 meters. In the woods, 400 meters," he whistles, saying "arrhh," and making a face. "Then 150 meters jogging for recovery," he pants, with his tongue hanging out. "50 times in the morning and 50 times in the afternoon. Every day for two weeks. Oh, it was a lot of work." One hundred by 400 meters every day for two weeks-with warm-up and warmdown he was running over 30 miles per day.
Hey OP have you started this yet?
As a fellow chubster I have just started myself using the NHS c25k podcasts. I have completed two of the circuits so far.
The first time on Monday was not too bad. The second today (Wednesday) was harder but I think that was because I went out on my MTB on Tuesday - only did 17k but this included 350m of climbing. Enough too screw up my recovery from the first circuit?
Is it ok to mix cycling and c25k or am I inviting injury? - if the latter I may just up my cycling whilst the weather is nice and pick up the c25k in the Autumn. I would like to get good enough to join my local Park Run without totally embarrassing myself
I have also joined My Fitness Pal and am sticking to the calorie allowance they give out without any problems. There were some STWers on there a few months ago but they seem to have disappeared.
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