Well that's the thing, I don't really know. "Fitness", I suppose. I think that's what stopped me before - being able to run 10k seemed to me to be a fairly good point at which I could say I was reasonably fit (but then, obv, undid it all by stopping!). I have no particular desire to run marathons, though one day I might like to do a half just to prove I can - but I'm not running to get particularly fast or to lose weight. I was just worried that I was pretty sedentary, and would probably be healthier if I did a bit more exercise. It just seems better to go running than not!
That's pretty unhelpful isn't it....but this is what makes me a total newbie! I don't have my eyes on a prize....
I am, shall we say, a lackadaisical runner. The first and last time I ran seriously was 3 years ago, and gradually worked my way up to 10k. Then the clocks changed, and I didn't want to run in the dark, and I stopped. I've started and stopped a couple of times since then, usually picking up at some point in the C25k programme, but never stuck it out all the way.
However, I'm about to get a new housemate and she's promising to make me run, so I thought I'd better sort myself out and put some practice in before she moves in. So imagine my surprise, when I put on my trainers, headed on out, and made it round 10k. It was hard, and slow (7min/km...) but I wasn't totally dying by the end. A week later, I've run a couple of 5ks and tried another 10k (to prove it wasn't a fluke) and it was ok!
So, my question is: where from here?
I was all set to have to start couch to 5k again, and obviously that's not necessary. However, I really don't want to injure myself by going to far, too fast. All the post-10k training plans I've seen seem to assume you've been running for months, or that you're heading towards a half marathon, or planning to improve your 10k time to something around 40 minutes (NEVER going to happen!) So any advice for a sensible, healthy way to proceed from here?
Garrrrr I just can't seem to finish week 4!! it's been so icy, wet and windy that i either give up due to slipperyness or I find that the wind tires me out too much... any advice for coping when you really feel you're going backwards?!
My other question is how much does nutrition matter at this early early stage? I'm assuming not very much. I find I'm not eating anywhere near as much as I used to, mostly due to celebrating the fact that I'm no longer eating like a hungry boy, but is that likely to be affecting my ability to jog these small distances? (Well, relatively small - to me they feel like marathons!!)
Gosh this motivation business is tiring! I spent a good half hour in bed this morning trying to bully myself into going for my run, and ended up being late for work! On the plus side, it's amazing how things change in a few weeks - when I started I never thought I'd be able to run for 5 minutes, and now I can do it - twice - in one workout! Well done Celeste! Can't quite believe that in just over a week I'm expected to half-arsed shuffle for 20 minutes though, that's going to be the real killer... Hope you have a great holiday Jambellz!
I think "running" is overrated - my friend and I are currently at the "half-arsed shuffle" stage, but I have high hopes that I'll be jogging/running fairly soon! Good call on hiring a treadmill though, that's commitment. Hope your run on Sunday goes well! I very nearly fell off the wagon this week but have just about pulled it back - still got to do week 3 day 3, but feeling good