I've been supporting my new running buddy during the summer holidays, adapting elements of the programme to help him since he ruptured both quads 17 months ago, as he wanted to start running. His physio advised him that he needed to start running and he his first attempt was just trying to run as far as he could before crawling home (which wasn't far). After I asked about intervals he asked about C25K and we started with just 30seconds running and 5 minute walks between, gradually but slowly building each week. After 5 weeks he started on week 1 of the programme but with 2 minute walking intervals and now this week we've cut the walks down to 90 seconds. He's finding the breathing hard as he also had TB a few years ago. I know how hard he finds it to get motivated which is why I run/ walk with him.
I do my own running alone, and run with him on my rest days. He has now set himself a target of running 5k by Christmas as he's a headteacher and knows it will be difficult to find the motivation to run when term begins, so needs a target to aim for. But he has suggested I too should have a target, and said my target should be to enter a 10k event before then.
There is a Race for Life 10k in the park behind my house in three weeks, but I'm not sure I want to do it. I know if I do it it will help him feel he has to stay focused, but I'm really not sure...
What would you do..?