Well, I'm pleased to report that having graduated last Sunday I have managed to run 3 times this week. I was a bit bothered about the motivation side of things without a target to aim at. However, I decided that my initial goal would be to increase distance to 5k (PB at the moment is 4.5K in 30 minute) and then try and reduce the 5k time closer to 30 mins.
So this week I've tried Stepping Stones twice (along with Chusan51 who seems to be doing the same thing) - I found it easier than the free-pace running in C25k but consequently didn't cover as much distance. Then today I did the Speed podcast. This was a bit strange because it's back to only 16 minutes of running. It was fine while it lasted although I didn't find the fast intervals particularly fast (I think my natural pace is around 160) - however it was very short and I wasn't even very tomato-faced when I came home (although this, in itself, is evidence of progress. Week 1 had me huffing and puffing - this was TWICE as much running and hardly out of breath )
I notice that many people here say things like "I thought I could keep going another 5 minutes so I did...." well I'm not one of those. If Laura tells me to slow down for my warm-down walk I don't need persuading - I do exactly that! That's why I had to stop at the end of speed today.
I walked home listening to the introduction of the Stamina podcast. That's going to be the one I do next and I think it'll be quite a test - exactly what I need now and I'm hoping the extra 5 minutes will have me close to 5k . I'm just frustrated that I probably won't be able to try it until Wednesday - my usual Tuesday running slot is taken with other, more urgent stuff.
So there we go - another busy week coming up. Hope you're all doing well and I'm looking forward especially to hearing how all the new grads on JR21's list are doing.