A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for the Around The World Blogging Relay, a two month blog hop hosted by Kyla at Motivation, where participants log their miles or kilometres every week to see how far around the world they can go. At the moment, there are forty participants, so I’ll be surprised if we make it all the way around the globe, but that’s not really the point. The important thing is that it is a great way to discover new blogs while motivating yourself to get running.
When I signed up, I think I set myself a goal of running 140km over the two months, although I’m not entirely sure. I remember being in a pretty optimistic mood at the time, so whatever it was, it was pretty high for me. Needless to say, by the end of Week 2 reality had set in and I found that I had only clocked up 27km.
The truth is, I haven’t been running as much as I had planned to when I started my training plan for the BM10K. I guess it’s that over optimistic thing that happens when I forget that I didn’t run at all between the ages of about 14 and 39 (except perhaps for the occasional bus and I usually missed them anyway), and stupidly assume that my 40 year old body can adapt to exercise in the same way that it could 25 years ago.
So, with increased mileage, speed training and the stresses, strains and sometimes cold reality of adult life and work, I have found myself unable to keep up with my training plan over the last few weeks.
Don’t get me wrong though. The training is going well and I have even managed to get a couple of PBs over the last few weeks; it’s just that I barely have the energy at the moment to run two times a week, never mind three or four!
However, this evening I decided that I had to go out and get some Ks in for the Blogging Relay. I was feeling pretty tired after work and a little bit fed up, so I figured that a good run along the seafront would help with that too.
According to the training plan, I was supposed to run 5K at my goal 10K pace. This seemed like a good idea. Nothing too strenuous. Just a nice easy run to practise my pacing, leaving myself enough energy to get another run in on Saturday.
Unfortunately, when I got to the seafront, the rain started and the wind picked up, making it very difficult to keep the pace constant. So, instead of working on my pacing, I just decided to relax and run nice and slowly against the wind and then pick it up a bit when the wind was behind me.
All in all, it was an ok run. Nothing special, no PBs but no disasters either. Part of me feels a little bit disappointed because the run didn’t really give me the lift that I’d hoped it would, but on the other hand, maybe that will help me get myself up and running for another 5K on Saturday to end the week on a high note.
How’s your training going? Are you taking part in the Around The World Blogging Relay? How do you keep yourself motivated when your training isn’t going to plan? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.