It was around this time last year that I started the C25K program, and like the majority of people who use the program, I loved it. At the end of the program I was running 5k in around 27 minutes. 12 weeks after starting the program I was running 10k in under an hour. Happy days!
At the time I would read a lot of people asking about the progression from 5k to 10k. How long does it take, etc.
I posted on here saying I believed that if you were running 5k two of three times a week - you could run 10k already. Some agreed with me, some didn't. One or two actually tried it on the back of my post and succeeded!
BUT - the question should have been - just because you can, does it mean that you should?
July/August/September last year I was in fitness heaven! A typical week would be:
Mon: Run 5k
Tues: Cycle 15k
Wed: Run 10k
Thur: Cycle 15k
Sat: Run 10k
Sun: Cycle 15k
Weight was falling off, I was feeling great.
In October I was out for a run and out of the blue I felt a pain in my right calf which felt like a sniper had just pinged me in the back of the leg.
Three physio's later and I'm still not running!
TOO MUCH. TOO SOON.
The C25K plan takes 9 weeks to get you up to some where around the 5k mark - don't be a fool like me and assume you're ready to jump from 5k to 10k in three or four weeks.
Fast approaching 5 months (and considerable expense) since my last run and counting .............