Am looking for some advice on what to do next. I graduated C25K in November and ran my first 5k (38mins) at the end of December. I've worked and got into a great routine of 3 runs a week interspersing steady 30 minute runs with C25K + podcasts (which have really helped improve my pace) and slightly longer runs at the weekend and I can now run 5k in 34 mins.
I love the solitude and headspace running gives me (I spend my working life dealing with the demands of 100s of children and their parents at a primary school) and my unstructured weekends so park runs and running clubs don't really appeal.
I like the idea of eventually getting to 10k but not sure I'm quite ready to join ju-ju's Feb programme - but am thinking I might be able to consider this around Easter time.
So what should I do in the meantime? Keep on going as I am and trying to improve on the 5k time? More interval training - I do like the Speed podcast (and where might I get some support with that?)? Strengthening activities - I do get occasional hip and knee niggles but nothing that a rest day doesn't put right but wonder if increasing the distance might put more pressure on these. Or bite the bullet ond go for 10k now?
You should know I have never been a member of a gym and have no desire to be! And I don't have lots of time. Also still feel a bit like a running imposter - can this really be me? (I mean like posting on here rather than C25K forum makes me feel like a bit of a fraud - this is for proper runners right?)
All advice gratefully received.