Couch to 5k training Week 5: A week of rearranged interval runs and inconsistent pacing
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
2w ago
Good afternoon and happy(?) Monday. As always, I hope whoever takes the time to read what is likely to turn into a lengthy weekly update blog containing a fair amount of waffle had a great weekend. My weekend had three highlights; volunteering as a parkwalker at my local parkrun, somehow managing to run for 20 minutes, and a homecooked Sunday lunch. The NHS Live Well website provided the following information about the interval sessions in Week 5 of the Couch to 5k training plan. Like the last time I attempted the fifth week of the Couch to 5k, I looked forward to tackling three different tra ..read more
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Couch to 5k training Week 4: The week my running blog almost turned into a food blog
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
3w ago
Good morning and happy Monday. As always, I hope that whoever takes the time to read what is likely to turn into a longer-than-originally-anticipated blog had a good weekend. My weekend had a three highlights; volunteering as a parkwalker at my local parkrun, completing two interval sessions in 12 hours, and Wolves winning. The NHS Live Well website provided the following information about the interval sessions in Week 4 of the Couch to 5k training plan. Each interval session started with a reasonably fast 5-minute warm-up walk and ended with a slower 5-minute cool-down walk. I supplemented t ..read more
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Couch to 5k training Week 3: A week of sensible pacing and stunning sunrises
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
1M ago
Good afternoon. Happy(?) Monday. As always, I hope that whoever takes the time to read this weekly life and training update had a great weekend. If for whatever reason, you didn’t have a very good weekend, I hope that the week ahead is kinder to you. My weekend had a couple of highlights; volunteering as a marshal at Sutton Park parkrun and catching up on some much-needed sleep. Following several years of limited running, I decided to go back to basics and start again with the Couch to 5k training plan that is available on the NHS Live Well website. This version of the Couch to 5k training pla ..read more
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Couch to 5k training Week 2: Slow and steady completes the interval sessions
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
1M ago
Good morning and happy Monday. As always, I hope that whoever takes the time to read what may well turn into a longer-than-originally-anticipated blog had an awesome weekend. My weekend had a couple of highlights; volunteering as a parkwalker at Sutton Park parkrun and the return of Gladiators. I decided to start again with the Couch to 5k training plan that is available on the NHS Live Well website. This version of the Couch to 5k training plan is spread over nine weeks. The NHS Live Well website provided the following information about the interval sessions in Week 2 of the Couch t ..read more
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Couch to 5k training Week 1: Time to dust off my running shoes again
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
1M ago
Good morning and happy Monday. When this weekly training update goes live, I’ll be wading through the emails I received during my three weeks of annual leave. I can’t say I’m thrilled to be back at home. I wasn’t going to publish weekly training updates, but I love writing them and people have said that they enjoy reading my training (and life) updates and. I also hope that my random thoughts help other beginner runners who, like me, are tackling the Couch to 5k. Anyway, I hope that whoever takes the time to read what I suspect will turn into quite a long blog containing all sorts of randomnes ..read more
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My running, walking and parkrun goals for 2024
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
1M ago
Happy Friday! I’m going to start by making what sounds like an incredibly selfish wish; I hope 2024 is an injury-free year for me. I know that there’s more to life than running, but I really hope I’m finally able to run consistently. After several years of injury problems, I hope that 2024 is the year I leave my injury woes behind me. I’m aware I’m repeating what I said 12 months ago, but I’ve had enough injuries to last me a lifetime. I’ve reviewed the previous 12 months in far, far too much detail here and I’ve drawn a line under 2023. It’s time for me to look ahead to 2024 and set myself s ..read more
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2023 Review: Running highlights and lessons learned
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
1M ago
Happy New Year!! As 2023 recently came to an end, I decided to review my running highlights, low points, and the lessons I learned throughout the year. As like the previous three years I spent a chunk of the year injured and unable to run, I decided to share some of my non-running highlights and low points. If you don’t enjoy reading lengthy annual review posts – I’m nosey, so I find them quite interesting, but I know from previous feedback that not everyone does – I’d strongly recommend you navigate away from this page and continue with your day. Here are the links to my previous annual revie ..read more
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The true cost of running: the 2023 edition
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
3M ago
My ‘True cost of running’ in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and in 2022 posts turned out to be quite popular, so I decided to work out how much I managed to spend on what I call running-related purchases in a year that featured a lot of parkrun volunteering, but not a lot of running. I decided to use the same categories; running clothes and trainers, running accessories, race entries, etc I used in previous years so that I could compare this year’s spending with what I spent last year. And yes, I know it’s not the end of the year, but now I’ve stocked up on socks in the Versus Socks Black Friday sale ..read more
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Beginner to 5k Week 4: More slightly dubious pacing and a double dose of parkrun fun
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
6M ago
Good morning and happy Wednesday. As always, I hope that whoever takes the time to read what I suspect may well turn into another long blog had an amazing Bank Holiday weekend and start to the working week. My weekend had a few highlights; volunteering at Sutton Park parkrun, a win for Wolves, getting to check out what might turn out to be the new and improved Sutton Park parkrun course on Sunday, and lunch at the Giggling Squid. As the Couch to 5k training plan doesn’t seem to work well for me, I decided to follow the This Messy Happy Beginner to 5k training plan which is available along with ..read more
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Beginner to 5k Week 3: Temporary traffic lights, a missed interval session and parkrun birthday celebrations
The PhD Runner
by thephdrunner
6M ago
Good morning and happy Monday As always, I hope that whoever takes the time to read what I suspect will turn into another quite lengthy training (and life) update had an amazing weekend. My weekend had a couple of highlights; managing to run 2km without needing to take a sneaky walking break and celebrating Sutton Park parkrun’s fifth birthday. As the Couch to 5k training plan doesn’t seem to work well for me, I decided to follow the This Messy Happy Beginner to 5k training plan which is available along with other training plans here. The This Messy Happy website provided the following inform ..read more
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