For those of you doing c25k and wondering what happens after, ju-ju- has devised the above plan to get you running 10k in 8 weeks (or longer if you want to repeat weeks and take your time); something to think about once you have consolidated your 30 minute runs and are looking for the next step.
The first week is a 2.5k run, a 5k run and a 5.5k run. I had already done the short run, and, as I woke up early and run best first thing, I thought I would get the longest run out of the way.
Dark, and the wind was blowing a depressing drizzle into my face. Jackdaws squabbling about who should get the driest place on the chimney pots. Pavements wet and shiny underfoot. Passed by the Witney bus, a haven of light and warmth on a cold morning, but not for me. Then several long haul lorries, lit up like Christmas trees.
My inhaler has run out, so burning thighs (which i don't normally get) and labouring lungs for a lot longer than toxic ten. Then, PING, at 33 minutes my lungs opened up and I got the keep on running feeling. When that feeling happens, it's brilliant; suddenly everything looks better. The sky was brightening and a flock of rooks were weaving patterns against grey and silver clouds, threading the light, calling raucously. Birds beginning to sing, and a blackbird flying into the hedge as I passed.
Slow again, but I don't see how that can be any different when I'm doing so much uphill running, including halfway up the one that has a sign saying 6' 6" (no idea what that means, but it's steep). I hit the 5.5k mark at that point and stopped.
Then back to walk the dogs before I ran out of puff and changed my mind.
Just the 5k run to do this week. According to Ming the Merciless (Garmin), everything is improving, including my VO2 Max (which, yes, I know should really be tested on a treadmill, with an oxygen mask, while you drive yourself to near collapse - but it gives SOME indication of progress). So, slow I may be, but legs and stamina are building week on week.
Badedas now - will the bloke with the horse ever arrive???