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C25K? Nope -- C210K!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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?!?!?
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So,, I guess?
That'll show me for not reading the program before starting it!
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    I just finished C25K and felt a little let down after it was over and discovered that I can start C210K, so just started today at week 7. Felt great! Keep going!!!!
    2380 days ago
    You're my hero. I've been chugging along but repeating each week twice and still not always completing each run interval. You are awesome! :)
    2438 days ago
    *choke* WOW! Good on ya!
    2439 days ago
    You can so do it..
    2440 days ago
    Hahaha that's so great! You're pushing yourself even harder than you realized! I'd say finding out you're becoming prepared for twice the distance you thought you were is a pleasant surprise!
    2440 days ago
    You'll get faster. And even if you don't, it doesn't matter much. :)
    2440 days ago
    @Beechnut - I agree, I don't think it really matters much at the beginning of the program whether it's a 5K or 10K -- and for slow-azz runners like me, frankly, it doesn't matter much at the end, either.

    Right now, I'm running 16-minute miles (although, at this point I'm still only running 8 minutes straight at a time), so at that rate, even when I do hit my final day of Week 13 and run for 60 straight minutes, I'll only be running 3.75 miles, which is just a little bit over a 5K anyway!
    @Scare - 1/4 of a marathon? Crazy-talk!
    @Cherry - Thanks for the support!
    2440 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/19/2012 7:27:46 AM
    Just think how hard core you're going to feel when you've completed the 10k though! 10 is 6 miles-just under 1/4 of a marathon! emoticon emoticon
    2440 days ago
    Oh geez... the first part of the program for a C25K and a C210K is the same anyway... there is a C25K program on spark and you could probably modify what you have to do that. I mean, if you're running for 20-22 minutes, that's already 2 miles straight. At 2 miles, i take a break, if that makes you a bit more comfortable.

    But the 10k isn't really all that much worse than a 5K... not twice as worse, probably only 50% worser.
    2441 days ago
  • CHERRY666
    Go you, definitely!
    2441 days ago
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