Although I am a graduate (honestly, truly I am and still can't quite believe it), I am working my way up to running 10k, because that was a distance I used to do a couple of years back.
Having taken the excellent advice from Bluebirdrunner on consolidation at the 5k 30 minutes, I have been slowly ramping up my distance to just about 7k now.
I thought it would be a good idea not just to manage that progression myself but to use an app. I quite like the structure of being told what to do as I feel someone else has done the sports science bit and I am not risking an injury, by following a specific programme.
I looked at the bridge to 10k forum, looked at Stepping Stones and decided I didn't really like the look of them for me. So i went off piste and bought the 'Ease into 10k' app, a 10 week plan to get you to 10km. As I am at a stage of 7km running without pausing I thought I could start on the app's Week 5.
Seemed perfect, oh JCR how wrong can you be? First of all it's a shouty American voice who uses the imperative tense to order you to run and walk. Secondly no mapping integration and thirdly it doesn't record my playlists, which I like to know.
So after what I think was a really trying run (if you want the gory details go to jancanrun.com), I have come to the conclusion that runners' collywobbles can hit you at any time.
Before I did today's run I had been quite happy with my progress... mmm, now I'm not so sure. This new app has meant I was running/walking for less distance all told than I usually run.
It's not a crisis or anything, just a glitch and now I am not really sure whether to persevere with the app, or go back to doing my own thing, which is basically consolidation running and a couple of extended runs using IannodaTruffe suggestion of the 10% rule, as I had been anyway.