I decided a few months ago that I really wanted to be a runner. I didn’t run when I was a kid, and any time I have had to move faster than a walk since entering adulthood has been pretty awful. But all of a sudden, I decided I was going to teach myself to run. I started out struggling to go even 1/10th of a mile without stopping. I was overjoyed when I managed to do 0.25 miles continuously. Then I realized I had over-done things even though it was just little pieces at a time (it was almost every day) when my knees just plain hurt with every step. Jogging was out of the question. I sat on my ass for a month. My knees felt better, and I started walking all over the place. Then one day I just started jogging.
My informal plan dissolved at the end of May and I never went back to try and get back where I started. Instead, at the beginning of July, I opted to try doing C25K instead. The reason I didn’t do this to begin with is, to be honest, I was intimidated by the idea of running for 60 seconds at a time. After my short-lived mess above though, I proved I can do it for more than five, so there is no reason at all not to jump into the C25K program. I know I can make it through the first few weeks without a hitch and we’ll just have to see how it goes from there.
So, here’s my new fancy table, and my new data. Check marks for completed successfully, X’s for not. If you’re unfamiliar with the C25K plan, check out this link. I don’t anticipate any trouble with this until week 5. Then, depending on how I do on the weeks leading up to it, will decide whether I live or die. I’ve jogged up to 0.65 miles at once before, but week 5 calls for some way longer distances that seem to appear out of nowhere. I may be repeating a week before that one. We’ll see.
I went ahead and filled in the distances for the coming days based on my
normal new jogging speed of 4.3 4.5 mph. As I speed up, I’ll have to adjust them, but I don’t see my speed increasing much for a while yet, though I do hope to be up to 5 mph by the end of the program. I’m slow, and at my current pace, I’ll be making just over 2 miles at the end. Hopefully I’ll be able to fix that eventually, though I don’t think I will make it to the speed they assume I will move at to make 3.1 miles in 30 minutes (6.2 mph) Anyway, time will tell. :)