The Couch to 5K program includes recovery days as a core part of the program. There's a real chance of injury or overextension since C25K participants are coming from a sedentary background. My days are usually Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday, which gives me an extra rest day before starting a new week's routine.
This week I'm headed to New York. I entertained the possibility of running in Manhattan, but given my Florida boy's tolerance to cold (which is to say I have none) I thought the better of it. Instead, I ran two days in a row.
It wasn't as bad as I thought. My run pace fell slightly, but my walk pace is up and it felt like a pretty easy run until the last minute or so. The cool down walk was a breeze. It made me doubt the wisdom of the program designers. If it's this easy to run two days in a row, couldn't I do the program faster if I ran every day?
Then I stopped walking and my shins caught on fire and my calves cramped. I did my post workout stretching and that took care of the cramps. The burning continues. My legs are beat. Now I have three days until my final week 3 run. I hope this evens out.
It was still a good run though. :)