I just started this app today and so far I really like it. It's a $3.99 app, and worth it.
It has two parts -- a regular "get you to 10K" side, and then another 10-week program for improving your speed. I'm doing that one since I have already been running 4-6 miles 3 days per week. I can repeat it as often as I like to improve my time.
It's very flexible. Jeff coaches you through each run. It has music that you can control the beat of for your pace. You set what pace you run, but you can speed up or slow down at any time. It has music you can download (15 songs), but it's also supposed to be able to allow you to use your own music and change the tempo of that. I haven't gotten that far yet in figuring it out.
If you're running indoors, it uses the tempo to track your distance. If outside, you can turn on the GPS.
Today I did Week 1 Day 1, a pretty easy 3.5 miles or so. Wednesday will be speed work -- 4 400s run x 200 walk. Then Fridays are long runs, 6 miles to start with, which is good, since that's my long run already. The speed work is also based on tempo, so you don't have to find a track to do it, which I like. A track is more precise, but I'm not that picky.
I started with a 12-min. pace setting, since I was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up, but I soon bumped it up a notch, since that was too slow! I think I do a 11.5 min. mile when I'm just feeling comfortable. My goal is to push it to 10-minute miles consistently, eventually. I can do two of those in a row, but that's about it, so that's why I'm doing the program, to get that to be my regular pace.
I don't have a pace goal beyond that. All I want to do is, for now, is burn calories, and then later, help me maintain my weight loss. I've lost 83 pounds so far, with 22 to go.
I've noticed that often runners get really into it, and the first thing you know they move beyond 5 and 10K races to the half marathon, and sometimes even a full. As I read their blogs, I start seeing all kinds of injuries. I just don't want that. I've read that one should be running at least a year before even thinking about long distance races like 13.1 or 26.2. I just don't have the bug to do one. I want to stay healthy and sound enough to simply keep running and continue for as many years as I can (I'm 49).
If anybody else uses this app, I'd love to hear about your experience. As I said, I'm just now learning it, but I'll post more later.
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