Couch to 5K and One Hour Runners


What's your plan when you finish? Or what are you doing if you finished? (Read 378 times)


    I've signed up for a 5k once a month to keep me motivated. Right after I was done with C25K I looked into OHR, then decided to focus on miles rather than time to prep for those 5ks. I did the last half of the Hal Higdon beginner 5k, because the first half matched what I had been doing since ending C25K and the last half would bring me right up to race time. Then I started reading the Galloway book, and was trying to design a program of my own to gradually increase my mileage and have easy weeks built in for recovery. What I found is that the virtual trainer on runner's world gave me almost exactly what I'd been thinking of doing, but with speed work thrown into later weeks (it programs you a 16week course).,7148,s6-238-277-278-0-0-0,00.html I use the intervals of running/walking suggested for my training time on the galloway website just on long days where I'm running farther than I've gotten comfortable doing (3+mi). It seems like the more you run, the more you start to understand what your body needs and can do so you sort of need to do your own thing.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
      Now that I am finishing One Hour Runner, I think I will try the "Build Your Best Base" program on Runners' World -,7120,s6-238-267--12431-0,00.html It sounds like a good way to build strength and get ready to start a spring training program in February. Plus, having a schedule keeps me on track so I don't quit. MTA - changed the web address so it was a link!
      Goals: 1. Finish One Hour Runner Program 2. Train for and run a 10K in late winter 3. Run a half in late spring 4. Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco, Oct 2009
        I finished start-to-run (a scheme similar to C25K) in October, and then started a scheme 'from 5 to 10 K', that is 10 weeks just like OHR, but goes a little bit faster (has a a 60 min run in week 8 and goes up to 70 min). I'm now at week 6, so I hope to complete this before new year. I think I will stick at 10K for a few weeks, and then try the 'from 10 to 15K' scheme from the same book. (A Dutch (Belgian) one by Mieke Boeckx, pronounce 'Meekuh Books').

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          I should be finishing up with C25K next week, and then I'm going to keep up with 3x30 mins until after the New Year. I plan to start OHR on January 12th, which will be just after my first 5K.
          "It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit."