Welcome to the January Consolidation Club, where Mummycav and I will try to help you stay motivated through these dark winter days. If you can keep going during winter, summer is just a bonus! 😁
This period, post graduation, can be tough, without either a programme to follow or the regular satisfaction of achieving a new aim each week, which is why the Consolidation Club was created.
We want you to check in here straight after graduation, tell us how you're doing and feeling. Give us your run reports, swap ideas, ask questions and get help formulating plans and targets, knowing that at least one member of the admin team is keeping an eye out, with all the usual advice to offer. There is no need to sign up, just drop in and have your say.
As recommended in the guide to post C25k running healthunlocked.com/couchto5... immediately after C25k it is advisable to ease back on the weekly increase in demands that the plan imposes and consolidate your efforts, just by becoming comfortable with running for 30 minutes or 5k for a few weeks. Mix up your runs too. Try some shorter runs and discover all your paces, from slow to fast.
Consolidation is not compulsory, but is considered good practice for all runners, at any stage, who have increased duration and distance over the preceding weeks and is particularly appropriate for new runners, to avoid burnout and injury. How many runs this takes will be very individual, but it is foolish to embark on working towards longer distances, such as 10k or half marathon, until you are well and truly comfortable running for thirty minutes.
So, over to you new graduates who want to tell us how it is going/feeling? How can we help support you at this stage? We're here, with and for you! 👍🏻😁