I graduate on Friday and I had a thought which might work really well for me, but I wanted to sanity it with you all first.
First, the general advice (from reading and explicitly asking on here) is consolidation, consolidation, consolidation _and_ days of rest are important - lots of people posting their experience of overdoing it and joining the IC.
I get that, I really do, but my concern is that I am just not doing enough on the off days. I _could_ go for a walk, I _could_ go the gym, but to be honest, I haven't yet, and that isn't likely to change just because I "try harder".
What does work for me is going on a run.
Ideally, I would love to do a 30 minute run every day with a day of rest on Sunday, however, I don't think that would be sustainable, at least not now.
So, my cunning plan to run every day without being benched is to continue doing a 30 minute run every other day as normal - same pace, same location etc. and start the c25k program again on alternate days. On the new c25k days I will follow the program but focus entirely on improving form, technique and speed - maybe run on the road instead of the field for example.
In concrete terms, week 10 (i.e. next week):
- Monday - 30 minute, 'easy' run (ha - easy, yeah right :-))
- Tuesday - c25k week 1 day 1 but at a faster pace/higher cadence than I 'normally' do
- Wednesday - 30 minute run
- Thursday - c25k week 1 day 2 at the faster pace
- Friday - 30 minute run
- Saturday - c25k week 1 day 3 at the faster pace
- Sunday - day of rest
Now, I won't be sprinting or anything silly like that on w1d1, but I would push the cadence for example - ideally I would start off at a pace which means 5K in 30 minutes (my current pace is 4.9K including both walks).
I do know about the other graduation plans (the plus and bridge etc.) but they all involve running every other day.
Crucially, this plan gets me out everyday doing something I enjoy. At the end of the next week 9 I will be running 30 minutes every day.
What do you all think - should I go shopping and find a new (injury) couch I enjoy sitting on or is this feasible?