So, while I wait for my shin splints to go away, I am trying to pick my “do-over” plan. I have debated the couch-to-5k program, but I have some concern that I could hold myself to that low of a level. I suppose this is going to be a concern no matter what program I choose. I have proposed to my son that he join me (he likes the idea) – I figure that will help me to stick with the “as-written-on-paper” plan.
Running this is going to be very frustrating.
Alternately I have thought about starting out with 1 mile runs, 5 times a week. Then move it up to 1.5 for the following week. Then 2, then 2.5, then 3.. But I think that this might go beyond the “Start over” idea – and do to much to soon. Especially if I keep raising it by .5 miles.
I thought about this same pattern of running a set mileage and increasing it weekly – but using the 10% rule. Start at 1 mile, then go 1.1. then 1.12 the following week. then 1.23. The big problem I see with this one – is that it almost requires my runs to be on a tread mill. In addition to my hatred of those things, it will not get my bones/ligaments/muscles used to the pounding on pavement – which is one of the primary reasons for “Starting over.”
I am definitely open to any suggestions!
Next years potential running schedule (goal of at least one race a month)
Triple Cities Runners Club – January Freeze 10k Series
11th – Cupid’s Chase 5k Run
39th Annual Forks XV (15) K Run
Mudders and More Trail Run and Family Walk (if it is done again next year)
6th – Greater Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon
Tortoise and Hare Trail Run – Buttermilk Falls Ithaca
8th – The Utica Boilermaker
Kelly LeBarre 5k
Monstar Marathon and Half Marathon Trail Run (unsure of which I will do)
Wine Glass Marathon
Marine Corps Marathon
Some Turkey Trot.
Dec 31 – YMCA Resolution Run