Lucky Number Seven

So, it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016. It wasn’t a great year, but wasn’t a bad one either. I survived it, learned some lessons along the way, and now it’s time to move on to the next one. 2017 sounds like a good number. It has a 7 in it, and I do like the number 7, so here are my 7 Resolutions for 2017.

  1. Enjoy running again
  2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day
  3. Eat better
  4. Cut down on caffeine
  5. Cut down on smoking
  6. Get my finances in order
  7. Develop my Virtual Running Business

The first one has already started. I managed to get off my backside and on to the treadmill for Week 1 Day 2 of C25K. Despite the fact that my fitness is a long way short of what it was, it wasn’t too bad and I did enjoy it. I guess that counts for Resolution No. 2 as well, so we’re off to a good start and it isn’t even midnight yet.

The rest we will deal with later as I’m about to have a massive dinner and bring in the New Year with a wee dram or three, but tomorrow is a new day and a new year so it’s all good.

How was your year of running? Do you have any resolutions, goals or plans for 2017? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Time To Hit The Restart Button

restart2016 has been an odd year for me in terms of running. I had big ambitions and had to push myself hard to achieve them, but it wasn’t much fun. I was tired, I was struggling and was barely able to achieve the minimum that I had set myself, so in the end I just stopped. I didn’t run, didn’t blog and barely logged on to see what everyone else was doing. I just couldn’t face it. I needed a break, so I took one.

But now that I’ve had some time off, enough time to miss what I really love about running, I figured that the time is right to hit the restart button and get back to Couch To 5K… and stick to it.

This time round though, things are going to be different. I’m not going to think about races, or parkrun, or PBs or anything like that. I’m just going to run to get back in shape. For the most part, this will probably be on the treadmill, as I found the cold air really played havoc with my breathing when I did the Poppy Run in November, but that’s ok. I’m not making any apologies for running indoors. Not this time.

My goal, my one and only goal is to be able to run 5K without walk breaks. That’s it. Nothing more.

Of course, that might change later on, but for now I’m going to try to be sensible, take it easy and stick to the program for the next nine weeks and see how it goes.

So, this afternoon, I completed W1D1 on the treadmill. 30 minutes of walking and running and walking. Not difficult, but got the old heart rate up again for the first time in over a month, so it’s a start.

How’s your training going? Have you set any running goals for 2017? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Time To Sign Up For Another Race

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-21-25-01Since the treadmill running seems to be going well this month (so far), I decided to do something that I said I wouldn’t. I signed up for another race!

It’s only a 5K, so I know there won’t be a problem completing the distance, but I will have to get some outside running done to prepare for it. Perhaps I’ll revisit parkrun again? I’ve been meaning to do that for some time.

The race is The Poppy Run on 6th November (Remembrance Sunday) to support The Royal British Legion, so it’s all in a good cause. You get a nice medal and a t-shirt too, so that’s a nice bonus, but a two minutes silence followed by a run in memory of the fallen seems like a good way to honour and give thanks to those who fought in the two world wars.

On a lighter note, back to this evening’s run. I’m trying to run every day in October and promised myself I would try to run 5K every Wednesday as well as at the weekend to get back into a routine with my running. So, 5K it was. On the treadmill of course!

I thought I would feel pretty tired after running every day this month (so far), but I felt strangely energetic. So much so that I ramped up the pace for the final running section and completed the 5K in 30:49. I still used a 7:1 run/walk ratio, but in hindsight I could probably have added a bit more running. Next time perhaps…

How’s your running going this week? Have you got any races coming up? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

#RunEveryDay – Day 4

Yes, I know, I know… another online challenge. I’m not sure if I’ll manage to complete this challenge and run every day in October, but giving up on Day 4 would be a bit rubbish, wouldn’t it?

After running three days in a row, my legs were feeling pretty tired, but my brain was totally up for it! I did consider taking a rest day but having a treadmill in the living room makes that a bit difficult when you’re itching to get moving.

So, I made a deal with myself. I decided to have a short run rather than the usual 5K – that way I would still have a bit of a recovery without giving up the challenge.

Of course, as I was only running 1 mile, I had to give myself a bit of a push and gradually upped the speed on the treadmill every tenth of a mile or so. I realised a bit too late that I could probably have managed to complete the mile in under 9 minutes, but 9:19 was still very pleasing.

I’ll probably do a few more 1 mile runs this month to how fast I can go over the distance. Another mini goal perhaps? Well shall see. For now, I’m happy that I’m still in this month’s #RunEveryDay Challenge.

How’s your running going? Do you prefer to run short or longer distances? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Mile Repeats

What the hell?! My running mojo has come back with a bang this week! For the third day in a row, I got a run in… well, three runs to be exact.

Ok, so they were only three one mile runs on the treadmill, but the breaks between them were short and each mile was run in full without walk breaks.

So what possessed me to run mile repeats on the treadmill this evening? Well, as part of the Virtual Running UK Race Series, we have been doing 1 mile races every month. Usually, I just take a mile from a longer run but, since I’m trying to improve my pace anyway, I thought it would be fun to do some  miles on their own.

The results:
Mile 1 – 10:03
Mile 2 – 09:50
Mile 3 – 09:36

OK, so I know I wouldn’t be able to maintain that type of pace on a longer run, or even when running outside (not yet anyway), but it was fun anyway and hopefully it will help with my general pace in the weeks to come.

How’s your training going? Do you run repeats of shorter distances to help improve your speed? Please share your thought in the comments.

Just Because

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I got an extra run in today just because… I’m not sure why, but I kind of just felt like it.

I was going to run outside, but unfortunately the Garmin isn’t working very well. I thought it had died completely until I rubbed the contact points with an eraser and it jumped back to life! But it’s still not charging properly, so I ran on the treadmill instead.

It was a bit of a challenge after yesterday’s run. The old legs were pretty tired but still managed to get me to 5K in 32:02, so another good improvement.

Also, I’ve decided to do a Virtual Running UK 100 Mile Challenge this month. The idea is that the first person who gets to 100 miles will win a free medal. I know I won’t be first, and as I’m supplying the medal it would be a bit wrong to win it, but it will be fun to have a bit more of a goal this month.

If you want to join the challenge, just click the link above to get started. It’s totally free and anyone can join.

How’s your running going this weekend? Are you taking part in any on-line challenges to keep your running on track? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

First of the Month

keep-calm-and-get-faster-quote-cdToday is that start of a whole new month and I’m feeling pretty good about this running lark. OK, so I didn’t manage to run as much as I’d planned in September, but I did managed at least one run a week, so that’s something of a routine, right?

And I even managed to achieve September’s goal of running 5K in under 35 minutes, with a nice 34:01 on the treadmill last weekend.

So, this month I need to up my game a little bit more. Knowing how hard I’m finding it to get back into a routine, I’ve decided to just add one more run per week. I’m already running every weekend, so I reckon it wouldn’t be too hard to make sure I run on Wednesdays too.

I’m still aiming for my sub-30 5K, but as I’ve not managed to run as much as I would have liked, I’m going to start upping the distance on the weekend run by half a mile each time to try to build up my stamina. Also, it will help to push myself a bit harder as running on the treadmill is a lot easier than running outside.

I started off this morning as planned, with a 3.5 mile run using a 7:1 run/walk ratio, resulting in a time of 36:14. I also noted that my time at 5K was around 32:23, so it was good to see a big improvement there too.

How’s your training going? What are your running/training plans for October? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

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