Couch to 10K… eventually….

Over the last year or two, I’ve been starting and stopping a Couch-to-10K training schedule. The reasons I end up stopping are varied and not the point of this post. How to start-up again is the question.

I’ve tried several methods, including ignoring a short hiatus and starting from scratch. Neither of those has been satisfying and I’m trying to find a better alternative.

This particular instance saw me get through Week 5, Day 1 of the 3-day-a-week, 13 week program, followed by a non-training 5K run and then what looks likely to be a two week break. Continuing to Week 5, Day 2 doesn’t seem like a good idea and I certainly don’t look forward to restarting the whole program.

Perhaps a good rule of thumb would be to backtrack the same number of days that I’ve skipped. Hmm… that actually sounds like a reasonable plan, so that’s probably what I’ll end up doing. Next week.

  1. #1 by Sybil Law on November 22, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    You can DO IT!
    No, seriously- you can.

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    • #2 by Ren on November 29, 2011 - 10:34 am

      Yes, well, I was going to restart today but I failed to commit to it last night. More accurately, I let the hiatus plus the cold weather forecast convince to turn off my “Run” alarm before I went to sleep. Next attempt: Thursday!

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  2. #3 by kilax on November 22, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    I think that’s the right move – go back a few weeks, but don’t jump right in, and don’t start over. What is causing the pauses? Do you need to sign up for a race to keep you motivated?

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    • #4 by Ren on November 29, 2011 - 10:38 am

      I don’t even recall what caused the pause this time. Sometimes it’s as simple as staying up too late the night before. Rain (heavy) doesn’t help. Getting started again is also hampered by things like our 37 degree low last night. If I’d already on routine, it would’ve been okay, but restarting on such a day is that much more difficult. (Which doesn’t bode well for Thursday’s attempt….)

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  3. #5 by Dave2 on November 27, 2011 - 12:09 am

    I’d rather do Couch to Refrigerator, but I wish you the best of luck, sir!

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    • #6 by Ren on November 29, 2011 - 10:39 am

      I’m excellent at Couch to Refrigerator, as well as Couch to Pantry and even Couch to Restaurant!

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