So yesterday i took part in my first race of 2015. I ran the Great Run, Newham London. The route was around the Olympic park taking in the sites and finishing with a lap in the actual stadium. I have to say it was definitely was something finishing the final lap in the stadium in front of the crowd and in the same place as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Enis. It felt quite special. As you run into the stadium and look up, something inside says speed up, you’ve got this.
Overall I found the run quite difficult. My running has been very inconsistent this year and my fitness levels are not great. Yesterday’s run was a mixture of running and some walking. I felt good for the first 4k but got very uncomfortable as I headed into the 6k mark. I was thankful to pause for a water stop at 6k but that pause also mean’t that 6-9k was a run / walk /run until the final kilometer. After all, no one wants to be the walker on the same track where super Saturday happened! My final kilometer was fast as I wanted to look strong, but another part of me just wanted it to be over, so I was thankful when I did cross line as I felt very tired. My overall finish time was better than I thought it would be (it was not my slowest 10k) but it was not as good last year when I could run the same distance in under an hour.
The race also allowed me to use my new Tom Tom multi sports watch, which was great as I didn’t need to hold my phone to track my run. The watch simply synced with my Nike + afterwards (see below). Very happy with that purchase as I hate having to hold my phone running. So now I don’t have too. :)
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. :)