>Running 101>So, now what?
I "was" on the C25K program. I'm in week 5 and ended up running 3.30 miles today. That's supposed to be like week 9 of the program. I am the most impatient person in the world and was EXTREMELY patient for 5+ weeks following the program very closely. Today, I just felt like I was ready to let loose an push myself a little. I didn't kill myself, and when I felt a little winded I slowed down a tick or two. Only thing is that the last mile or so my legs got a little sore. Not one spot but my achilles ached a bit, shins, knees. It wasn't "pain" but I guess my legs were sending a message.
So my questions....
1) I'm taking the next 2 days off. Is that enough as long as I feel good? I ran 3 straight days.
2) On my next run do I make it a little shorter, say 2 miles, and then slowly add distance back?
3) I really don't have any goals with respect to my running. Should I set some?
I'm done with C25K.......and I'm a bit lost now! I need a plan or something.
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I agree. My first 'race' was a local 10k event too. I also surprised myself by managing to run 95% of it - albeit quite slowly! I found running in an event was a really useful way to gauge where I was fitness and training wise, and gave my training a purpose.
Just remember to enjoy it and not to try and keep up with the club runners at the front!!