I am SUCH a sucker for a structured plan. This is how I am in life. New things, I start by following other people's instructions. And I'll do that till I've sucked the marrow from how the instructions work, and once there is no more to be gained from instructions, I'll head out on my own
After nine weeks of running, the marrow remains in the bone of running. I do not exactly *know* how to keep on and do it myself. I certainly could, but as I mentioned before, I need time to *understand*. I don't like doing without understanding. I want to KNOW that this particular thing I'm doing will WORK. So -- that's why I love couch to 5k.
And that's why I know that having NO plan for me is deadly.
I still have a goal: 5k. And I have a speed goal: under 7m/km. That will be very fast for me. Not everyone wants to be fast but I do. Because I like fast. I just broke the 8m barrier on my last run so I am hoping that 7m will be attainable after a while. And I have a fitness goal: keep active 30 minutes a day and run 3x a week.
But those goals are not a PLAN.
I am now thinking about my PLAN. My "graduation" from this next PLAN will be to run the virtual 5k zombie race on Halloween (in Stockholm) with my Zombies Run app. If possible (I don't know yet) I will try to make one of those 5km under 7 minutes. Otherwise, faster than I run now... perhaps 7:30 will be an appropriate goal -- I don't know about how fast my fitness will improve (because I don't *KNOW*).
Next Monday I will be going out to spend a month at very high altitude. Thus I must also foment my PLAN to take account of the fact that I'll lose something like 25% of my capacity to run when I arrive, and must build up my fitness again.
Do/did you have goals or plans post graduation? Are/were they detailed or vague?