I’ve read on several blogs here that people feel lost after graduation. Several feel less motivated or less certain of what they’re aiming for without the structure of C25K. I just want to put a word in for the C25K+ podcasts.
I too was feeling a bit aimless even though I’ve been going out three times a week and trying to do 30 minutes each time. I’ve been trying to improve on my time and even get to 5k in 30 minutes. I haven’t managed so far but I’m not far off. The last couple of weeks I started using the Speed and Stamina podcasts. Please have a go at them if you haven’t already. I find the combination of Stamina, Speed and then one 30-45 minute run on my own the perfect combination at the moment. It pushes me just enough, gives plenty of variety and I can see changes in my solo run as a consequence. I’m managing to run longer and easier. Each week I aim to run for 5 minutes longer. I’m going to carry on with this until I a) run 5k under 30 minutes and b) go to 10k.
If anyone else feels lost I’d recommend this training. I live in France so don’t have the bonus of Park Runs but I’m sure I’d do them once a fortnight instead of perhaps the stamina podcast. I really love running even though I’m not “good” at it – yet! I just love the feeling of it and I know I’m still in a transition period before hopefully becoming a proper runner. In the meantime I’m going to keep using the podcasts to keep me on track and motivated. Good luck to all of you too!