Carys wrote:So... I'm on week 8 of my Couch25k programme, and feel like I'm doing really well. If Google maps is to be believe, I'm doing about 2.5miles each time I run and am not horrendously exhausted or anything like that. I've been using an iPhone app to help me build up and I've found it really useful.
My question is this: how long will it take to build up from 5k to 10k? The follow-on app from the one I'm using, Bridge210k, is a six-week programme. Am I really likely to be able to do 10k in around two months?
I'm asking because there's a 10k run I'd really like to do on July 17th and I'm not sure if I'll be ready for it. Do you guys think it's a realistic goal?
How often are you running? It sounds do-able, although 6 weeks is putting yourself under a fair bit of pressure. The August one sounds like a better idea. Good luck with it - I find it really helps to have a race as a goal - its a great motivator for those days when you'd rather just go home and fall onto the settee.
How late could you enter the July one? Some of them let you enter on the day - maybe see how it goes?
skywriting wrote:I'd always figured and had been told that I would real running harder what with the wind and weather and lumps and bumps and attack dogs and pigeons hovering menacingly and those people who run dead fast like and make you feel like the tub of lard you really know you are and the general randomness of the real world and everything.
All of those things exist! But its still a wonderful way of seeing the world - god, that sounds a bit Mary Poppins, but I'd recommend going out and trying it. Personally, I find it less boring than the treadmill, which means I'm less fixated on how far I'm going, and looking at the clock to see how much further I've got to go, and trying to block out the europop in the gym. I can't imagine doing 10K on a treadmill - too much patience required!