Engineered for success?

In the olden days, when I was a lass, we’d have called this cheating! However C25k is not a competition so I set up today’s run with a view to trying to be sure that I could simply complete it.

Basically, I planned it so that the 5 minute warm up walk was going up the hill, with a view to turning round and doing as much downhill running as possible! Despite this I had to pause in the middle of the first 5 minute run. The second 5 minute run was on the way back and was uphill. I tried to run but my heart skipped a beat, so I walked for a bit, then it happened again when I tried to run, so I called it a day and decided to walk the rest of the way home! (NB don’t worry about my heart, this happened a couple of years ago when I was pushing myself – I had an exercise stress test (ECG) done and it was fine).

It might have gone a bit better if I hadn’t left 6 days between wk4 day 2 and wk4day 3! Anyhow, suffice to say I’ve decided to repeat wk 4 until I get it right! I  had planned to do it on the way home from dinner at a local pub last night, but this happened!

IMG_1205The weather turned from glorious sunshine to torrential rain before you could say ‘chicken, ham and leek pie’. So I hopped back in the car for a lift back with hubs!


About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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8 Responses to Engineered for success?

  1. First off, I don’t call that cheating — I call that wise.

    And secondly — not problem with repeating until you feel good about it before moving on!

  2. Gareth says:

    Hah yeah the weathers gone a bit nuts but at least you got a rainbow!

  3. Paula says:

    I don’t blame you for repeating… repeat until it’s comfortable and then move on! This is your running and your plan. There is no need to rush things. So try, try, and try again, 😁

  4. Nothing wrong with repeating a week ☺ and I’d get a lift home in that weather too. Pretty rainbow.

  5. oscardiamond says:

    At least you’ve got hills to run down! I’ve lived around Cambridge for 18 years and I’ve yet to find one. How do you know your heart is skipping a beat?

    • mawil1 says:

      Yes I went for a walk around bury st Edmunds once. As I was too small to see over hedges it wasn’t that exciting, with no hills to provide a view! You know when your heart ‘skips a beat’ because you feel it in your chest-a little thud! the term is a colloquial one, although you may feel like your heart has missed a beat it’s actually an extra one – a premature ventricular contraction is what it’s called in medical parlance. They aren’t sinister if it’s just the odd one.

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