After 4 weeks to 1 mile I decided to do the next program, 8 weeks to 5k, and downloaded this as an MP3 from Amazon. On day 1 it felt odd going back to interval training and only 60 seconds of running - after all I had proven I could run for 10 minutes! I decided to work on improving my pace and then I realised the reason the intervals were so short was because I was working on running further. The program was twice as long as 4 weeks to 1 mile, 40 to its 20, and this also made me wonder - have I got time for this?
Again I made the mistake of trying to run too fast which I recognised after reading a book by Bob Glover, so I eased off the pace to work on the distance.
Halfway through the program my legs began to ache in an uncharacteristic way, this told me I needed new running shoes. I had been surviving in an old pair of Nike Air but my leg ache told me the midsole support had gone and I needed to buy new shoes.
How to buy running shoes:
- Go to a running shop, not just a sports shop
- Get them fitted, if there is no member of staff willing to help, leave the shop
- Go later in the day when your feet are at their largest
- Never assume a pair will fit because they are in 'your size'
- Get your gait analysed, most running shops will have a machine for this. You need shoes for your feet; for your arches, for your pronation
- Put them on and run round the shop
I felt the difference straight away when running, my legs no longer ached as they had done and I loved it that the new shoes were so light. I think they made me feel like a proper runner.
As each week of 8W25K went by I mentally checked them off with a sense of achievement and felt I was getting closer to the ultimate aim of the program - my first 5k race!