I have officially finished the C25K plan. That is I can run 30 minutes, not so much that I can run 3 miles. This morning I’m going to map out 3 miles through the neighborhood in my car so I can see how far that is. At my speed it’ll probably be a three hour run, but we shall see.
My next goal is to start one of the 5k to 10k plans. I found one in a podcast for the ipod that I’ll probably use. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the same huge user base as the C25K plan but I did find a chart of how much running is involved each week. It’s a lot! But it sounds really doable because it goes back to very short runs (4-6 minutes) with 60-90 second walks in between. I’ll have to do a bit more investigating other pans before I decide which one to use, but I definitely need to keep upping my time.
Someday I’ll start working on my speed as a goal. I’ve notices a lot of people running in this neighborhood now that I’m out and about, and most of them run a whole lot faster than I do. But that’s a goal for another time.
So Sunday night after I wrote that post I ran on the tread mill for 30 minutes and then did one minute walk and 3 minute run * 4 which was by FAR my best run yet.
Then Monday my sister had TWINS (yay!) and Tuesday and Wednesday I was sick as a dog and…. my next run was yesterday (Sunday) morning, for about 25 minutes with a walk in the middle.
So I missed an entire week of running, I did no exercise of any kind to be honest. I don’t even think I used the stairs at work once which is unusual for me. Proves the point that a body at rest tends to stay at rest!
But my mom decided that she was going to start the C25K plan so I started week 1 day one with her last night. She did better than I did my first day, she finished without ever thinking of quitting. Plus this morning’s almost 25 minute run was with my brother-in-law. Two runs with two different running partners in one day!
Now that I may have convinced 2 family members that running is all that I better get my butt back out there and on schedule. So once again my alarm is set for 4:30 a.m. and my sneakers and socks are sitting at the end of the bed. No more excuses!
By the way, notice how I blame this entire falling off the wagon thing on my sister having babies? Talk about some negative karma…