I'm 42 years old and while I've always been pretty active, over the last few years I've put on a bit too much weight though. I'd like to shake that weight and running seems a great choice as I can do it anywhere, anytime. So after probably more than 15 years I decided to start pounding the pavement again.
Like a lot of people on here, I opted to do a couch to 5k, which I am just about done with. Even though my legs seem to be constantly angry with me, I can now run for 20 minutes without stopping and hopefully over the next two weeks will get to the elusive 5k/30 minute mark. My cardio does seem to be handling it better than my legs, but I'm guessing this will change with time.
I am enjoying my running and have started to look forward to it instead of it being a chore, so I'm starting to look ahead as I'm not sure what to do once I finish the program. I currently run 3 days a week with normally a game of rugby reffed somewhere inbetween. I seem to be maintaining a 6:30/km pace at the moment, but suspect that may be a bit fast as I start increasing distance. So where to once I get to my 5k goal? As I see it, these are my options:
1. Stay at the 5k distance for a few weeks until it becomes 'easy' and a quicker pace.
2. Stay at the 5k and run more days a week.
3. Go straight into a 5-10k program the same 3 days a week
4. Do a 5-10k but add 1 or 2 shorter runs in to build pace.
5. Some combination of the above.
I am looking at entering into a few 5k runs in a few months to see how I go, I could just use some suggestions on how to take the next step.
Thanks in advance for the help!