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Another 25 minute continuous run.  I completed it, and I mostly hated it, and I got through it by promising myself I would move on to the training programme that lets me take walking breaks.   So I'm stopping c25k here, and moving over to week 3 of "Run/Walk Beginner Half", a training plan available in RunKeeper if you have Elite (which I have paid for already).    Run 3 of that week is 3.2 km which is around what I've been managing in the last few 25-minute runs.

I plan to post my half-marathon training here as I did before (Nov '13 to Mar '14), so long as it isn't demotivating for anyone.  Please do let me know, either by commenting or in a message, if you'd prefer I didn't.

I am feeling weirdly defensive about "giving up" c25k.  My original plan was to finish it, and prove I could run continuously for 30 minutes, and then let myself use walking breaks for longer runs, building back up to a half-marathon.  I have proved that I can run continuously for 25 minutes but that at best I dislike it.   I just don't think I can keep up running 3x a week if I mostly dislike the actual running.

Baseline notes: at this point the furthest I have run since restarting c25k is 3.3km.  The fastest I have run is 7:43 min/km.

rmc28: Photo of me shortly before starting my first half-marathon (half-marathon)
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Sunday, I did a lot of walking.

Monday, I was tired and a bit achy from Sunday's walking, so I thought I'd take the day off running and run Tuesday instead.

Tuesday, my toddler was ill, so I worked from home and took care of them, and then it was really cold by the time my spouse came home and could take over, so I couldn't find the get up and go.

Wednesday: last possible day to run and still get in 3 runs this week.  But argh! lunchtime commitment! evening commitment!  I managed to carve out time for a run by running to get my older child from afterschool club, changing at work, and leaving my daybag with my spouse to bring home by bike.  This is one of the advantages of us working for the same organisation in the same building, but I don't really want to do it regularly (certainly not when it's cold in the evenings).

I was a bit too cold for my liking, and though I warmed up once running I never got really hot.  I coped a bit better with the solid running; I'd planned a slightly indirect version of my usual walk to afterschool club, with a couple of additional loops nearer the venue. I don't know if it was just because I was running towards a goal, but I felt less urge to stop and walk than I did on Saturday.

The worst bit is the busy road I need to cross near the end; I didn't want to wait at the crossing I normally use because I wasn't at all sure I'd be able to start running again if I stopped.  There are two sets of lights close together - the usual crossing and about 200m further on a junction with pedestrian cycle on the lights.  I ran past the crossing, looking for a gap in traffic; I wasn't thinking very clearly by then, being tired, but I thought "if I get to the junction and still can't cross, I'll turn around and run back until I find a gap and there can't be more than a couple of minutes left anyway".  And just then a gap appeared and I got across and about 90 seconds later the run was over, thank goodness.

So next run will be tomorrow lunchtime, and the third run will be Sunday late morning. 
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So my plan to run Christmas Eve & Boxing Day didn't happen because I didn't want to go and run as much as I wanted to sit around and talk to visitors. But I decided to get out today, a week since my last run, and after talking to my visiting aunt & uncle about couch-to-5k yesterday (they are serious fell runners with decades of experience at it).

I tweaked my route a bit to add a bit of distance and it worked very well; this time I started giving myself a stitch and had to run what felt like incredibly slowly - but I completed nicely warm and RunKeeper told me I'd run my furthest and fastest yet.
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25 minutes continuous running, an amended route which landed me back home exactly at the right time (which means it needs to be a bit longer).  I felt like I was running incredibly slowly, but RunKeeper says I had my best pace and furthest distance yet.  So this is good.

In theory, as we are at home and with no commitments until the new year, I should be able to run in my ideal long-term pattern of Saturday, Monday & Wednesday.  No problem this week I think, but running on Wednesday 1st January might be ambitious (from the lack of sleep, I don't intend to get very drunk).  Or usefully symbolic. I can't read a calendar.  Wednesday 2nd January will be the first day that has to fit into our more usual work-and-childcare routine.  
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My lungs might be rubbish, but my willpower is great! I dragged myself away from my nice cosy computer desk and out into the cold December afternoon. Then when I was at the gym I made myself get onto the treadmill even though I really didn't want to, and after the warm-up sped up to the still uncomfortable 7.2 kph. And then I made myself keep going at that pace for the whole 25 minutes, even though my lungs and my feet were complaining and I was screamingly bored. (My leg muscles weren't really complaining much; I think muscle-power isn't the limiting factor at this stage.)

So that gives me 3.5 km in 30 minutes or 8'32'' /km (including the warmup). And I feel bouncy and ready for Week 8, I'm really glad I did push myself today.
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Tried 7.2 kph today instead of 7 kph. I think the difference was most probably just psychological but it felt a lot harder. So after 20 minutes, when I was quite out of breath, I dropped down to 6.8 kph instead of giving up altogether. I'm going to try and push myself to do the whole thing at 7.2 kph for day 3, I think it ought to be doable.

A too small to be meaningful improvement in total distance over day 1, rounded to a reasonable precision it's still 3.4 km in 30 minutes, including the warmup.
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Calling this w7d1 not w6d3, since it's the same run, and reckoning as if I've just missed the end of 6 while travelling at the weekend puts my running weeks back into line with calendar weeks.

So, 25 minutes continuous running. I set the treadmill for 25 minutes and my willpower to maximum and just kept going. And I completed it, 3.4 km in 30 minutes including the warmup, or 8'52'' /km. The things that limited me were that my old, cheap trainers were pinching a bit, and 25 minutes is a long time to just keep on putting one foot in front of the other in a constant rhythm without actually getting anywhere.

It felt well within what my lungs could manage. My legs were a bit tired, but not right at the limit of what I can do. I'm fairly confident I can manage to go on for longer, not sure about faster, but I'll try increasing the speed on the treadmill as gradually as I possibly can and see where I get to.
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