So, many of y'all know, that the running group I run with, MiT (Marathoners in Training), is run out of my local running store, Fleet Feet. Fleet Feet also does a couch to 5K program called No Boundaries. Because of my frustrations with not getting back up to my pace quickly enough, my friend Sarah suggested that I join No Boundaries this session. The session starts this Saturday and they are training for the First on the First 5K. If I did this, I would basically run/workout with them in October and November until MiT winter session starts back up...and then I would probably move over to MiT. (Or if I'm really ambitious, I could do both - they train back to back from the same location).
I'm torn about whether or not to do it. Some days, I think I should, and some days I think that it would drive me bonkers to join it. I never did a couch-to-5K program myself. I started running by self-training for a half marathon...and yes, the initial runs for that sucked about as much as a lot of my runs have sucked lately. (although - confession time - I haven't run since Oktoberfest). I am very type A though, and anything too easy isn't worth doing. LOL.
The head coach of MiT is also one of the coaches for NoBo. I spoke to him and the other coach last night about whether or not NoBo would benefit me given my situation. I know that they start with 30 sec run/1 min walk intervals - and I KNOW that would drive me batty. He told me that there may be some others in similar situations to me - and they might be able to work up a more "advanced" schedule group.
One benefit of the program would be increased accountability, and it would bridge the gap between now and the start of MiT winter session. You also get a snazzy jacket and technical training shirt.
So - the point of this rambling post is - to get some opinions. Yay or nay? I'm too torn to make this decision alone!
Has anyone reading this done a couch-to-5K program? What was your fitness level going into it?
Would you recommend it to someone who has run/walked a quarter marathon and a 4 mile race in that last couple of months?
Is my whiny "It'll be too easy" attitude ridiculous?
Here's a cute Avery picture to make up for having to read this...from her first week home.