Couch to 5K graduate!
Well, I’ve finally done it. I am officially a C25K graduate!
Where’s my medal dangit??
It feels like just yesterday that I was starting out with the program. Just yesterday that I could barely survive the 60 seconds of jogging. And now I am able to run 30 minutes at a time… who would have ever thought?
Actually, to tell the truth, I’m not just running 30 minutes at a time. For the last week or so I’ve been ignoring my C25K app when it tells me my running time is over and I’ve continued running… on Monday I was able to finally reach 3.1 miles in 34 minutes, meaning that running my first 5K is completely possible. Quite the relief, I’m sure you understand. Although yesterday I ran 3.1 miles in about 38 minutes so… apparently I’m getting slower?
Now the question that remains is… what next? I think I do well with directions and boundaries… having a set 9 week schedule helped keep me on track and pushed me to continue to stay with running longer than I ever have in the past. I first thought I could work on the Bridge to 10K program, as it seems to flow right from the 5K program… but the very first workout consists of 10 minute run intervals. I feel like now that I’m able to finally run 30 minutes at a time, going back down to shorter intervals seems like a step back. Am I wrong for thinking that? My other option is One Hour Runner, which progressively gets you running longer times.. but the first 3 weeks are all 30 minute runs, which is already getting old from C25K, especially since I’ve been running a bit longer than that anyway.
So I don’t know what program I’m going to do next… I’m open to suggestions. For now, I have less than a week and a half until my first 5k (eek!) so I’m going to spend that time trying to run at least that distance, if not more. (There’s still time to donate to my fundraising btw… just in case you were worried about that.)
Actually, for now I’m going to relax because today is my rest day and my ankle needs to recover. I’m going to bask in the knowledge that I completed the C25K program. And I’m going to let you all tell me how awesome I am for finishing.. or just how awesome I am in general. 🙂