So, as I've mentioned numerous times before, the running program I've been following is "The Proven 13-Week Walk/Run Program" from "The Beginning Runner's Handbook" by Ian MacNeill. A kind runner friend of mine xeroxed the relevant section of an old edition of the book that leads you through each week, including worksheet pages for weekly feedback and information on stretches.
I read through it briefly when she first gave it to me, but I didn't look too closely at the back end of the program. Frankly, I was afraid that if I knew too much about the ending it would scare me from ever starting! So, I read the first couple of weeks and deemed it good to go! Since that time, I've only read ahead one or two weeks at a time, just to not get spooked.
So, here I am now, about 4 months into it (remember, sometimes I repeat weeks) and I'm getting ready for Week 10. I found out this AM that I totally misread Week 10's requirements, by the way. I *thought* it was:
Monday & Wednesday: Run 10 minutes, Walk 1 minute -- x4 sets
Saturday: Run 20 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 20 minutes
I was *so* wrong. Turns out, it's actually:
Monday: Run 10 minutes, Walk 1 minute -- x4 sets
Wednesday: Run 20 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 20 minutes
Saturday: Run 22 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 22 minutes
So yeah, great. Good luck to me next week. I'm going to be stuck on Week 10 forever...
But, here's the *crazy* news: after confirming what I was supposed to do on Week 10, I decided to be brave and flip through the remaining weeks to see what other surprises the program might hold -- and that's when I saw this note regarding the final day of the final week, Week 13:
"Session 3 (60 minutes): Complete your 10K run, or run 60 minutes"
Wha-wha-wha??? Come again? 10K?!?! All along, I've thought I've been training for a 5K, but according to this, I've actually, technically, been training for a 10K?!?!?
So, go...me, I guess?
That'll show me for not reading the program before starting it!