What to do after C25K?
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I finished the C25K program in October and I have to say that I absolutely LOVED it. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to start running. When I started my Week One workout I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it. A full minute of running seemed like too much for me. Since finishing the program I've been running 30-35 minutes each time and my longest run was close to 50 minutes!
I liked using the C25K podcasts from the UK's National Health Service : www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k
, and last week I discovered that they have some C25K + podcasts available to work on things like speed and stamina. I did the speed one on Friday and I really liked it, but the workout seemed short after my long runs! I kept running for an extra 5 minutes at the end of it. I think I'll continue to do it on days when I can run without the jogging stroller. I'm going to try the other C25K + podcasts soon.
So now that C25K is over I've been wondering what to do next. I like the encouragement that comes from participating in a structured program, but I looked at the Bridge to 10K program and the plan did not appeal to me. I don't feel like 1 minute walking intervals would benefit me and I'm a slow runner (especially when pushing the stroller) so I'd really like to increase my speed before I increase my distance.
Yesterday I decided on the following plan. I hope it works for me. I'll update when I've made some progress.
This week: Run 1 - 35 minutes, Run 2 - 40 minutes, Run 3 - C25K+ Speed podcast plus 5 minutes extra running before and after
Next week: Run 1 - 40 minutes, Run 2 - 40 minutes, Run 3 - C25K+ Speed podcast plus 5 minutes extra running before and after
I'll continue next week's plan until I am doing 5K in 40 minutes. Then I'll decide what my next move should be.