I originally wrote most of this as a reply to another post, but it occurred to me that others might have the same self questioning or experiences.
At 47, 6'4 & 18st, (19st when started C25K) I don't think I'll ever get to sub 30 with my knees intact. Even when younger, slim and fit I was 16.5st. My knee surgeon suggested (nicely) that I took up swimming or cycling instead as (Quote) “I was not anatomically built for running” ..... I'm pretty sure that makes me deluded for continuing (an ode to Marvo69) but I will continue and be careful as long as I can. Swimming / Cycling can be my backups!
I’ve also discovered that I had a plan “madness” where by after week 6, there were no intervals, and I got through them all, because I was told I had to. I’m quite a binary guy, or to put it another way things are generally black/white for me. I like to have a plan and to feel reasonably in control of what is going on. If the plan says that something needs to be done, then that’s what I’m doing, and I’ll move heaven and earth to meet that task/deadline. Now, I've graduated, I’m in the consolidation ‘wilderness’…… I only have 1 task….. run! Instead of running for 30 minutes, I’ve added time to get to 5K’s. I've had to lower my pace substantially to even consider getting to 5k, and sometimes even with a little 10/15 second walk interval or two (I’m pretty sure this is just be psychosomatic, just because I haven’t been told I can’t have one!). Some of it might be exhaustion from lack of sleep on hot nights!
A friend of mine convinced me to sign up for a 10K in October, on the premise that as long as I can run 7-8k by that time, the crowd and cheering will carry me the rest of the way.... I'll report back nearer the time, but I’ll follow Ju-Ju’s 10k plan as this will allow me to complete the 10k on the day of the race, if not the week before.
My first parkrun is going to be Saturday (tomorrow) with my virtual partner Saartjie, which is 5K, which I know (from Strava) I can do somewhere between 35 & 39 minutes. If the hypothesises are true, I'll come in around 30-35 minutes...
More news on Saturday afternoon (hopefully not from A&E or the cardiac unit!)
Just wondering what other recent graduates have experienced?