Happy New Year, everybody! I hope all you lovely people had a truly spectacular start to 2013!
Following a late NYE party last night (and a long lie in this morning), I celebrated the new year by starting the Bridge-to-10K programme. I began Couch-to-5K in late August and finished in mid-October. Then, for the past two and a half months, I had been consolidating my accomplishments -- participating in a few local ParkRuns, buying & breaking in a proper pair of running shoes, working through the 5K+ podcasts, and (most importantly) breaking through the magic 5K-in-30-minute mark!
With my 5K time down to 28:36 by mid-December, I decided to start working on the Bridge-to-10K plan with the start of the new year... and that's precisely what I did!
I am immensely grateful to Samantha -- whoever and wherever she is -- for putting together this series of podcasts. It helps to have a familiar feel to this new programme, for continuity's sake. That said, I really do miss Laura, AudioFuel, and the NHS series. Samantha gets oodles of points for trying... but it is clearly an amateur's project, rather than the well-produced NHS Couch-to-5K podcasts. Ah, if only they had continued on to make a second series!
(Back when I started Couch-to-5K and was regularly cursing out Laura for her incessant cheerful optimism, I never thought I would someday miss her words of encouragement and constant companionship!)
In any case, I dutifully made my way through Week 1 Run 1 today. For those who are not familiar, Week 1 starts with the ever-present five minute warm-up walk, then takes you through four intervals of running for ten minutes and walking for one minute. At the end of the 43 minutes, I had gone 6.55 km... which makes today my longest run yet. Okay, it wasn't continuous, but we'll get there in just a few weeks.
It sounds like there are quite a few C-to-5K graduates here who have recently started the Bridge-to-10K plan! Excellent! I will have to keep an eye out for the "bridge to 10k" tag so we can follow and encourage each other as we progress!
I'm really excited about this! I'm really looking forward to the next six weeks -- should be much fun!