So, running without a program to follow seems a little more challenging to me. I’ve been running 3 days a week just like with the c25k program. I’ve set a goal of running at least 30 minutes each time, which puts me just under 3 miles. I listen to music and do my best to think about things other than how long I’ve been running but still find myself hoping the 30 minutes are done! But, I will keep at it. I want to increase my time gradually, but I don’t want to over do it. Usually, by the time 30 minutes arrives, one or both of my knees are starting to hurt.
I’ve also been thinking about doing the 10k program. I want to build up my stamina so that, eventually, running 30 minutes is a piece of cake. If you are a graduate of the c25k program, like me, you can advance in the 10k program to week 9. Even at week 9, there are walk/run intervals. Not sure I want to go back to that. I’ll think about it.
All in all, this running thing has been good for me. I hope to continue for a very long time.