14 Jan 2013
I think I must be mad, but i’m writing this in black and white, so I have no excuses. You must all hold me accountable! After I finished my couch to 5k training plan back in the Autumn, I kept running using the Nike+ Running app to track my stats with absolutely no plan. Inevitably, I got a bit complacent and ran less frequently and not as far. I averaged about 2.5 miles each run and I suppose I just got comfortable doing that a couple of times a week. I really enjoyed having something to work towards whilst doing the 5k and the planned schedule kept me focused, so the next logical step is to go 5-10k EEK! It just so happens there’s a big annual 10K race in Bristol, in May – I may regret mentioning that one.
I discovered last week that Nike do these great race coaching plans. They’re not linked into the Nike+ Running app but you can download the schedule to your computer calendar (complete with alarms and alerts!) to keep you on your toes. There’s a 0-5k, 5-10k, half marathon and full marathon. It also adds in a little weight training on rest days, which I can feel I’ll definitely need to push past 5k.
I’m telling you this now because, TODAY’S MY FIRST DAY! A nice, easy 2 mile run to get started. That’s how the planner describes it, but after 6 weeks of not running due to Christmas madness and lingering bugs – I don’t think i’m going to agree. Wish me luck!