So, you spend months working your way through C25K and then you graduate and it's amazing (really, really amazing) and then you start planning the next steps...
Should I concentrate on speed, stamina, distance? After all I am a runner now and it's all about improvement, competition blah, blah. I've read loads of posts where people struggle with the post grad time and I really have - what should I be doing? Tried speed and big no-no so thought try stamina but wasn't sure. Mrs Decisive suddenly went very indecisive 😂and felt a bit lost
Irish-John wrote a perfectly timed post for me last night - well not FOR me you understand but you get where I'm coming from 🙄 reminding us about running for fun and sheer enjoyment.
I set off this morning back on the programme with Laura's week 9 podcast on, determined to ignore speed and distance and time and just gently run around my new circuit.
It was cool and I ran over boardwalks amongst the grasses, up the new short but really steep hill, onto the flat to meet my old track and there after about 10 minutes I found a really nice pace and rhythm.
I felt tired after 15 minutes and told myself that once I reached the bottom of the big hill I could stop but not until then. I concentrated on my breathing and used my arms to help me along. By the time I got to the bottom of the hill, Laura was telling me I had 10 minutes left so I kept running up to the top and then down under the trees and then Laura said time to stop. I didn't want to as I felt really good and I had a great hill to run down so I just kept going.
Down the hill under the canopy of trees and then down onto the flat again heading back to my start point and I was still running - wow!
Finally stopped after 40 minutes and it was great. It's been my first post grad run where I have run continuously again without any stops and I did 4.4k which is my furthest distance by a long way - I know, I know! I am meant to be ignoring distance but I couldn't help a quick peek 😂
So, lessons for me are keep it slow, try and enjoy myself, don't burden myself with any challenges for the moment and just do more of what I did today, which was about just going out for a run - simple as that
Great, great run - feeling very chuffed 😀