Since I’ve finished Cool Running’s 9 week Couch to 5k program, I’ve been repeating Week 9 for a month or so now. It’s been fine, and I’ve made another mix because of it.

But as my stamina increases, from training, I feel like I need to continue to challenge myself. The way I’ve thought of doing that is by increasing the running segments in future C25k podcasts.

I don’t claim to be a personal trainer or know anything about the science behind the Couch to 5k running plan, but I don’t see why continuing to add 2 or 3 more minutes to the run each week won’t lead to further progress. So that’s what I’m going to do!

This move shouldn’t signal that I am going to start training for a 10k. I haven’t made that decision yet. I will say that that if I lived in a climate that didn’t have a real winter, I probably would continue training and set the 10k as a goal. I’m not a fan of running outside in the cold and I don’t do treadmills. (I have to be going somewhere when I run). So, in all honesty, I’ll probably close the book on this year’s running workouts around late November. Is that enough time to train for and run a 10k? Don’t know.

I just like to be challenged! Part of the draw of the c25k program was that there was an ultimate goal (running of 5k) that I was working towards with increased running each week. Since I’ve finished the original plan, I don’t feel I’m being as challenged as much. It’s time to step it up! So, keep an eye on the site for when I come share my next podcast. I don’t know how I’m going to label it or which genre I’ll be going with, but I have until Monday. Stay tuned!