Hello. This is my first post in this section, although I know many of you already from B210K. Having graduated last week, I’m looking forward to a month or more of consolidating 10K, but then I want to progress to HM distance.
Many of the plans out there are a bit off-putting because there’s so much cross-training and so many variables re: consecutive days/rest days etc. Seems like a lot of “management” and I don’t have access to a bike or pool so those aspects would make the “easy” aspects of my current routine very complicated.
Can I keep it simple, like B25K, and just add 1K per week to my long run every week until I hit HM distance? For variety, my other two runs would be a general-fitness “regular” 5K and a speed-based 5K (Parkrun).
Would be really interested in your thoughts and advice, on:
1. how essential you regard cross-training to be.
2. whether you would/wouldn’t recommend a basic increase in km per week.
3. whether there’s a particular plan you recommend to someone who has been doing this only since February but is committed to pushing it further.