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Hi, hope this is in the right place. I'm looking for advice on how to build up to a continuous mile of running (and then hopefully further) without using any podcasts or apps.
I started running last year, using the C25K podcasts, but after a couple of weeks started making excuses ("I'll go tomorrow...) and eventually stopped. I enjoyed the running, I just didn't enjoy the program. I found having to wear headphones really irritating (couldn't keep track of the dog without constantly stopping etc.,) as well as the music and such. I also felt a little like I was trying to achieve a goal that was given to me, rather than one I'd chosen.
I don't have a smart phone so fitness apps and such are also out.
I do have access to a private field with a 150 yard marker, on an incline/decline. I went out there yesterday and managed to run for all of 600 yards, with a 150 yard walk in the middle. At the end I thought I was going to collapse lol! I decided that trying to run up and down a hill, in the snow, in combat boots wasn't a great idea (spur of the moment thing when walking the dog).
I went back out today in trail shoes and cut the distances in half, so running 150 yards, then walking, then running... I managed to keep this up until I'd run a full mile. I was out of breath, but only moderately so, and my legs feel tired but not aching this evening.
The problem is, because it's easier for me to work with distances than times I've no idea what would be the best way to progress. Should I try to remove the walking sections at the beginning of a session, or push myself at the end? Should I gradually reduce the walking distance on all repetitions? I'm a bit stuck!
Sorry this is such a long post, I wanted to make sure I gave enough info. Hope somebody can help.