I need a plan for my running. I finish up the C25K next week. That makes it nine weeks of jogging. Starting out winded at 30 second runs and ending up being able to hit 30 minutes straight without too much trouble. In a lot of ways this has been the easy part. You get a lot of encouragement. You see changes in your body. It is the fun time.
The hard part is keeping it interesting day after day year after year running the same 30 minutes a night. I really do not see myself being that guy who runs because he enjoys it. Logistically it is easiest for me to hit the track a few times a week. I could throw in a weekend day at some exotic location. The track runs are going to be my normal routine though. It just works for me.
I need to get a plan together and figure out what the next four months is going to be. I think I want to work on just running for the next 3-4 months. I read somewhere that you should really have like 5-6 months under your belt before you start doing things like speed work or hill training or other advanced techniques.
I also have some desire to train for the 10K using the C25K bridge to 10K program. I am not sure if I want to start it immediately though. I may just keep running my 30 minutes for a few weeks then tack on like three more minutes and do that for a couple weeks and see how it goes. Get myself up to like 40-45 minutes slowly over the next few months.
I do want to try out a 5K also. I am not really ultra competitive. I do not really like strange people enough to want to run beside them and be their comrades. So I do not have that burning desire to run a race that some people might. I do think it would be cool to be able to say that I did it though. Have that neon shirt hanging in my collection.
So I have come a long ways. It is just the beginning though. Hard work and things worth having like health and fitness are not always "fun". It will be a long grind like poker. We shall see what happens.