What to do next ?

Tried the stepping Stones podcast tonight , was good and hard work and had to add in 3 walks to recover along the way and manged to do the last 5 min run at 160 , blooming almost died at the end though :)

Just cant seem to decide what to do with my running ,I enjoy running and want to get a better time for 5k .I have noticed some split the 3 runs a week into a long run, a speed run and some others ..

At the moment i am thinking 5k is more than enough for me :D i would like to get better at running and quicker :) and healtheir and fitter still

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  • Sounds like good targets to me!

  • Thanks pot :)

  • sounds good to me too...and always good to have something to aim for...well done on the run!

  • Thanks juicy :) this runnung thing is slowly but surely taking over :D lovin it :D

  • Can't say that i'm missing Laura too much as there are now so many directions to go with this running lark... whether it be distance or pace perhaps with some ralking (run/walking) ... to world is our oyster!! I'm going back outside tomorrow after work as the weather looks better and there is good street lighting near work. Think I will do another 5k with a run/walk combination and try and up the pace whilst running.

  • sounds a good plan there Andy :D i am thinking of going for my saturday run by the river :D will aim for 40 mins :D

    You are right there is so much to chose from with running :D i am well and truely hooked :D

  • Well done Rob. Also did stepping stones this week. Speed and Stamina are also hard work but they do help with speed and will get you to your target.

  • Thanks getting fitter , was thinking i will try that one next week :D

  • Well done Rob. Also did stepping stones this week. Speed and Stamina are also hard work but they do help with speed and will get you to your target.

  • Thanks getting fitter :) will try the different ones over the coming weeks as 1 of my runs :D

  • Oooh heck, those tags look a bit scary :-)

    Well done Rob its good to mix it up a bit , you will find your way, don't worry :-) xxx

  • haha i just saw them .. :D thanks poppy :D guess i am trying to stay walking before i can run if you see what i mean . know i have take it slowly so no injuries :D xx

  • Must be strange not being told what to do next, but getting quicker, healthier and fitter sounds a good option.

  • i did liek laura telling me what to do and when :D finding my feet out on my own now :D

  • Had a taste of it tonight, someone rung my phone after I'd been running ten minutes, disconnected Laura so I was on my own with Mapmyrun telling me how long I had run for, very strange.

  • It will be and the radio on my mob tomorrow morning, not sure about running with nothing

  • I loved that podcast..great Laura coaching...could hardly walk for the rest of the day, mind (wasn't really ready, but over-enthusiastic as usual)! A great buzz at the end of it though...feel like your flying at 160 :D

  • i kinda felt like that after i finished last night but that is one thing i have noticed i am recovering quicker now :D i will nail that podacst eventually :D

  • What takes your fancy? A faster 5k? To go a little further? You can do either, you can do both. Th e choice is yours. It's funny, but after completing C25K, if there is any pressure then it seems that you should do 5k faster. It's up to you, there are no rules. In my experience, running longer distances at a slower pace is much better. It's up to you how much further you might go, and up to you how you decide whether or not you meet your personal goals.

    Whatever you do, you can be sure that the rest of us are all with you.

  • What takes your fancy? A faster 5k? To go a little further? You can do either, you can do both. Th e choice is yours. It's funny, but after completing C25K, if there is any pressure then it seems that you should do 5k faster. It's up to you, there are no rules. In my experience, running longer distances at a slower pace is much better. It's up to you how much further you might go, and up to you how you decide whether or not you meet your personal goals.

    Whatever you do, you can be sure that the rest of us are all with you.

  • I am not sure which direction to go - I cover 5K but that includes the 5min warm up/down walk when listening to the wk9 podcast- working on a slow pace atm hoping to build it up.At the same time I want to try and cover more distance than work on speed so I can actually finish the 5K park runs then maybe a 10k race... Either way -Just keep running!!

  • thanks jennifer and well done on your post grad runs :D I luv my running :D taht what is important :D

  • hi Rob :) thanks I think i am still deciding , the original goal was C25K , then 5k in about 30 mins and just to enjoy my runs :D just a little undecided on future paths

  • I've just come in from completing my first stepping stones podcast and was very impressed, not only with the podcast itself, but the fact that I managed to keep pace until the last 5 mins, then I did wobble a bit but finished on a high. I too need to work on pace so I can cover more ground when running, would ideally like to aim for being comfortable over longer distances. Well done Rob I know it was not easy!

  • Thanks jemma :-) you did great too :-D

  • Hi Rob, I only tried the podcasts recently and I graduated a month or possibly 2 before you. I was thinking I was so glad I hadn't tried them sooner as they are flipping hard, so well done for getting so far with them so soon after graduation! I do 2 short runs of 30 mins (at the mo that gets me up to around 4k) and one long run where I add on 10% every time, up to 8k in an hour now. I am now sticking at that and trying to build speed and stamina with the podcasts on the short runs. I think it's good to have realistic and achievable goals, sticking with the 5k till you're comfortable and pleased with your times, etc. sounds like a good one if you ask me x

  • Hi marly,thanks :D to be honest i wasnt expecting them to be quite so hard . a good and bad thing i guess,I do want to push myself but not to the point of injury, I have enjoyed my post grad runs even my kinds DNF and of ocurs emy 1st 5k :D There is is much information out there on do's and don'ts and try this and that ..i am just looking forward to my next run tomorrow morn :D and to run at my pace for a longer duration :D

  • I would definitely recommend c25k+ as a way to progress but take care on the speed and stamina podcasts as they can find your weak spots!

    The speed podcast brought on a nasty bout of hip pain for me that lasted a good 2 months and I know that I was not on my own as other graduates have posted tales of woe after doing speed and stamina runs : (

    But if you survive they are definitely a great way forward. I stuck with stepping stones for a while and then went back to speed/stamina. After a few weeks I moved on to a 5k-10k programme with ease.

    Good luck and happy running!

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