Today’s run /walk went well today. The sun was shining and boy was it warm! It felt good to be outside working on my fitness. The couch to 5k session today felt a bit too easy so instead of walking for the 5min warm up, I ran and I also ran for part of the 5 min cool down. For the shorter run bursts, I ran faster and it felt good having the energy for turning the session into a bit of an interval one. I really hope come the end of eight weeks I will be back up to speed with running 5k more comfortably.
So today I completed week 3 of the Couch to 5k and it was good to get outside in the spring sunshine! I’m definitely back in the ‘beginner’ category of running but this app is perfect for me getting my running mojo back. Bring on week 4!!
So to get myself back into running I have started on the couch to 5k program and I would have to say this little app is really encouraging and fantastic for getting back into running! My fitness levels are quiet poor but I’ve started at week three (as weeks one and two are a bit too easy) but I am enjoying getting back out into the sunshine running. The app designed over an eight week training program, aiming to get you out running three times a week for around 20 /30 minutes, slowly building you up by running and walking so that you can eventually run three miles non-stop. I’ve never been good at the fartlek techinque, I normally just try and increase the time and hopefully the distance I run, so having the app tell me when when to run and walk is great as I find that I seem to push myself more during the ‘run’ sections.
However, I have noticed that an old running issue I have, plantar fasciitis is rearing its ugly head, but I have been taping up the soles of my feet to help while running, which seems to be working – the problem of being slightly heavier than I should be! Superdrug sell a specialist tape called Rock Tape that comes in some bright colours but its fantastic as it stays in place for 4-5 days and really assists in taking away some of the discomfort. I am trying to be careful not to push too much as while i want to run, loose weight and get fitter, I don’t want want to give myself an unnecessary injury!
As the sun is out I will report back later with how today’s run has gone!
So its been pretty much 7 months since last my last post. For a while I’ve wanted to check in and write that I am still alive, but towards the end of last year so much other stuff took over that posting on here simply got pushed further and further back.
Disappointingly the journey I was on with my training and improving my fitness stopped as I allowed work and wedding planning to take over. For sometime now I have wondered what to write as my comeback post and had got to the point where I had been wondering whether to delete this blog altogether.
I started Challenge Kate to document my training for my first triathlon which I completed last year just before my last post. Yet, reading back through the posts it would seem like a sad thing to simply delete something that meant and still means a lot too me. Reading through the posts I remember the journey and how amazing it felt to complete something that seemed so unimaginable nearly two years ago. I remember not being able to sleep after completing my first triathlon as my mind whirled with ‘I did it, I really did it.’ I felt really happy.
From reading through all my past posts I’ve decided that I can’t just give up. I need to dust myself off and resume with my training and improving my fitness. I need to pick up on the momentum I gained last August.
Annoyingly I will be starting from the beginning in terms of my fitness levels but I do have one thing under my belt in that I’ve done it once and can most certainly do it again and should aim to do it better!
Last night I was determined to get my run home completed – come rain or shine. Thankfully the rain finally let up and I managed to complete my 10k run in under an hour. My pace was a consistent 9 1/2 min mile not the fastest but not too shabby either. However, I felt quite tired and realised that I wasn’t very well hydrated – rookie error I know, its amazing how much better you can run when you have drunk the right amount of water- but all in all happy I am to have completed it.
Tonight is a spin class which I feel will be hard after being lazy yer again last week. I am determined to be better this week.
This week has turned into a bit of an nothingness week exercise wise. The week started on a high in that I finally had a better 10k run, then Tuesday my swim never happened. I woke up late and simply decided to slack it off. Not a great attitude but I felt so tired when my alarm went off at 6am that I managed to end up sleeping soundly for another 90 mins before having the ‘cr*p I am late for work rush around!’ Wednesday I regained my mojo and went spinning which was brutal, but I am totally loving my local spin class. Sophie the instructor is fantastic, she has so much energy and really makes you work but at the same you can see that she is really working herself too. Then Thursday I felt tired and very achy and again there was no swim. No excuse other than laziness on my side. So, today I made myself go out for a 5k run at lunch, as I have spent all week just sat at my desk, not really moving around and as well as not moving, I have been eating more than I should. *Doh!
Instead of beating myself up I think I will give myself this week off (we’re all allowed a week off and my boyfriend seems happier in that I have been home at a normal time and that we have actually socialized together). Next week I need to get back into the routine properly – being active and getting back into the pool as well as eating better – as my next challenge is buying a wedding dress for my wedding in November. I am now officially 12 weeks out from my wedding and I have the final 7lbs to loose!
I have treated myself to some new trainers and wow after wearing them for last night’s run, I realised that I have been running for a quite a while in worn out shoes! I felt like I was running on air! Very happy with these babies, even if they are a bit bright. :)
After a number of weeks of the most dismal longer runs, last night I had a more successful run home from work. :) 10k is a distance that I can do, albeit not the fastest but I have enough stamina to complete. But of late its been beyond crappy.
I try to do this distance once a week and then do shorter 5k runs during the week. The 5k runs are fine, yet recently when I get 2 1/2 miles into my 10k run home, my body hurts, my legs ache and my mind says no. For a number of weeks on my run home I have found myself getting to Chelsea bridge then walking across it and from there my run becomes a mixture of running and walking. By the time I get to Clapham Common the last mile becomes so slow a tortoise can pass me at speed. It been quite a confidence knock and I have been wondering for a while on what to do.
So last nights run was just the boost I needed. I completed the 10k in 55 mins and the only stopping was at traffic lights. Hurrah! While last nights run might have been a fluke, I have also downloaded the 10k runner app to practice – whilst designed to get you to a 10k distance, I am thinking it might help me in building up my stamina / speed as well as mentally helping me get through the ‘I cannot do this moments’. Here’s hoping my 10k mojo returns permanently!
I wish I stumbled on this when I started my triathlon training last year. Although what is set out here is not too dissimilar to my training schedule this year (feeling better about it now). Its very practical for anyone who has lots of time constraints!
Have you seen people in a triathlon, and thought I would like to try that, but I don’t have the time? It seems everyone is increasingly busy, and time is a precious resource. An event that involves three different sports sounds like huge time commitment. What if you could complete your first triathlon, and change your lifestyle in two months using only four hours a week?
Most people can carve out four hours a week to do something they really want to do. The current Neilsen ratings say the average person watches four hours of TV a day, or 28 hours a week. Would you be willing give up one day of TV for a healthier lifestyle?
Now we got the excuses out of the way, lets get down to business. How can I be ready to race a Tri in the two months in only four hours, a week?