Tuesday 22nd December Back up to 8km which is great- that is a total of 20k since finishing school and starting my target on Sunday. I started with a 2 1/2 km dog walk and then headed off across rabbit Ings as Steve took Poppy home- it would be brill to have a dog to run with! I love the feeling of setting off for a run. I’m not sat at home like in the past- unfit and unhealthy. I suspect at 44 I would have been heading easily into middle aged spread had I not discovered 5 2 and C25K. Sometimes I have to admit to thinking, wouldn’t it be great not to care about putting weight on but I think having been a bit dumpy when younger, and spending my whole time feeling rubbish about it, I would always be worrying about being over weight and not feeling good enough. Weirdly I don’t judge anyone else for their size yet worry about it for me! I know running and being a bit slimmer makes me feel more confident about what I can achieve which makes me more confident in my job etc.
Anyway, back to my run…
It was still hard work but have to admit it was easier again. I didn’t actually feel that I was going to die today which is a plus! It does make me think though- I was doing this distance last year and although I have made it up to 17km in the summer hols it still feels like hard work doing 8s and 10ks! Why is that I wonder? Surely it should be much easier now doing the shorted runs! I suspect my pace is a little faster but not massively so. Never mind I’m still out there and still enjoying it, especially once I get home!
As I said, it did seem to get easier again today and I was definitely striding a long properly by 4km. There were a few hills in my run today and the wind was often against me.
I love that feeling of arriving home with a run completed, getting a shower and feeling like you have achieved something (including earning your precious Bounts points!!)
So thats run 3 completed and 20km out of my 35km for week 1. I can either do another 3 runs at 5km each, 1 10km and a 5km or do a long 15km run!! Not much chance of that!
Wednesday 23rd December
Wednesday 23rd December was supposed to be a rest day. It hasn’t worked out that way though having just got back from a 5k run and clocking up about 7kms in two dog walks. I feel much happier after getting a run done and at the minute I definitely seem to be enjoying finishing the run more than actually doing the run itself which is not like me!
The weather has definitely changed and today was the first time I felt proper cold and didn’t even think about taking my jacket off after getting started. Winter is here. I even had my running hat on for the first time this year.
I’ve just had fun looking at Garmin Connect statistics for the year. I have definitely done less in November and December than in other months in the year. I was pleased to see my average pace is quicker towards the end of the year than when I first started, which is encouraging…. I thought I was slower! It is amazing to see the number of KMs run, calories burned and steps taken during the year…. Soooo different to what I was like before taking up running 18 months ago… I am a truly transformed couch potato!
So rest day coming up tomorrow and I have certainly earned a few foody treats over the next few days!
Saturday 26th December
I didn’t run Christmas Eve or Christmas Day but I did do my exercise bike on both days. I’ve upped it to an hour cycling which seems much easier than it would have done in the past. But today I ran. It was great to be out there and to do a 10k. My first since Percy Pud and I felt I’d achieved something. It wasn’t fast at 1 hour 7 mins but it was 10k and that’s what matters! I reached my 35km target for week 1 of the holidays too so on track for 70 in total. I won’t reach 1000km for the year but I will break through the 900! (Currently 890) That leaves me a clear target/goal for next year.
I took my Apple Watch out on its first run and it was very similar to my Garmin. It recorded my run in 1 hour 8…. It’s recording my steps etc and is making me be more active as I want to get that 30 mins of exercise in each day too.
So only a few days to New year and setting my new year running resolutions… I will definitely aim for 1000km as an annual total and will pledge to run the Sheffield 10k and Percy Pud again. BUT I also think my resolution may involve a half marathon! Not sure which one yet but will definitely be aiming to do it. 17km is my longest run ever so I’m sure I’ve got it in me!
I even finished the day with a 45 minute exercise bike session. I really do want to shift these few extra pounds I’m carrying and running is the way to do it.
Week 1 went brilliantly for distance but have done a bit less this week. I completed two solid 5ks on Monday and Wednesday and was pleased with my efforts overall with an average pace of 6:16 on the Monday and 6:30 on the Wednesday. Nothing spectacular but at least I was getting out there.
By New Years Day I wanted to do something that said, ‘I’m still here, still running and can achieve even more in 2016’, so I pushed to 8km and ran up those hills to the top of Grimey Muck Stack. With an average pace of 6:34 it wasn’t my quickest run but I felt fantastic getting to the top of those hills. As I reached the top of the second quarter one I realised I had done that easier than I used to do…. I am stronger and can run better and I can run up HILLS!!
My running goals are
1. Cover 1000km during the year
2. To run the Sheffield 10k, Percy Pud 10k and one other 10 during the year with one of them being a sub 60!
3. To train for a half marathon, hopefully getting a place in the GNR but finding another if not (not Sheffield though- too hard!)
4. To enjoy running as well as maintaining a healthy weight throughout 2016!
5. Regular cross training using my exercise bike during the week, particularly until the light nights make a mid week run possible.
And a bonus one…. To try and run up more hills and be less wimpy!
So here’s to 2016 a year to succeed: in running, in life and in work.