As you may or may not remember, I managed to injure myself in August. It has been a long, slow, annoying recovery. It’s also be frustrating to realize that my body just does not heal at age almost-40 the way it used to.
At any rate, I’ve slowly started running again. A lot of my patients have used couch-to-5K apps, so I figured that this would be a good chance to try one out.
I chose the Get Running App. Really, there was no particular reason that I chose it, other than that it had good reviews. There are a bunch of 5K apps out there, and I’ll probably try out a few others and compare them later. The cost of the app was $2.99.
The first few runs start out very easy, just running for 1 minute intervals with 1 1/2 minute walking breaks. The display is easy to read- yellow is the running, blue is walking, and the green arrow moves around the circle to show you where you are in your workout. There is a nice, calm British voice gently prompting when it is time to walk or run.
I also found the settings to be useful. I like to listed to audiobooks while I run, and it can get annoying to have a voice prompt frequently overriding a book. I like the way this app pauses the audiobook while there is a voice prompt. Alternatively, you can sync your music playlist to play while you run.