I'm almost finished with my beginner runner program. Now what?
January 10, 2014 6:50 AM Subscribe
I'm closing in on the end of my couch to 10k running program, and I'm a little unsure how to proceed next. I'd like to improve my pace, but I'm not sure what the best way to do that is, and the internet seems to have lots of conflicting advice. Plus I really liked having a program and an app that told me what to do. Is there anything out there for the no longer a couch potato but still a beginner runner? What's worked for other people? Should I try designing my own training program, and if so, how do I do that?
Details, if helpful: I've been using the Run 10K app for iPhone (three workout left) which is quite simple but has a couple features I really like: it's time based, and there's audio cues to let you know when to run and cool down and so forth, so you don't have to glance at the phone much. Two, you can play your own music or podcasts while the app is running.
Pace: right now I'm running between 4.5-5 mph pace (12-13 min per mile) almost always outside, mostly on run bike trails, occasionally some hilly streets. I'd like to get that down to like 10 min per mile.
Other goals: I signed up for a 5k in March. Even though I'm currently doing a 10k program, I still feel like I too slow and untrained to really run a whole 10k, and I'd rather wait until I feel like I'm confident I'd be able to complete the race without walking before I do that. I have no real interest in training for a marathon.