Plan of the Week 5: Monday 26th May 2014
If you are going through hell, keep going.
Calling Churchill a hero of mine would be greatly inaccurate. He was a very complex man as is my view of him. Nevertheless, he did have some good lines. One of his best maxims indirectly inspired the name of this blog.
We must just KBO
Winston was a canny lad and he knew a surefire way to help inspire people around him. KBO – Keep Buggering On. His short hand for saying keep on going.
Light at the end of the tunnel
As I discussed last time, I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. Things were pretty low and I lost all motivation to do anything. I’ve been getting through it and I feel like I’m starting to come out of the darkness.
How did I do it? Well, KBO – or, as my blog says, Keep On Going. I kept moving on with things – as hard, hard, hard as that was. I also went and got some good advise. I just had to give myself the time to process my emotions, not bury them, and get through it.
It wasn’t easy and I still struggled with getting up in the morning. I think I about one-third the way towards a resolution and that’s a lot better than last week. So, how’s that affected my running?
Planned Vs Actual
I set a gentle goal last week – just get some running done. I knocked out a 5k on Weds and Sat.
Then, glory of glories, today I knocked out 21.6km. I was aiming for 20k, got lost, and had to do a little extra.
This was the most excellent run I’ve had in months. Everything went like a dream – I planned the route right (except for that last few K when I got lost ;)), I stretched and recovered right and I ran the whole way – only stopping for traffic and some photos. I feel really happy about today and I think it means I’m in good shape for next week.
Marathon is upon me!
Next Sunday is the Christchurch Airport Marathon. This will be my sixth one. This blog is about my journey to a BMQ qualifying time. What step towards that goal is next Sunday’s marathon?
My goals (in order of importance) are:
- Run the entire distance at around 6 min /km – safe pace to match my level of conditioning
- Run the marathon in less than 5 hours
- Improve my marathon technique
My plan before the weekend is to get a 5k, 10k, 5k and maybe a 5k in. Just to keep the ‘auld legs going. Nothing fancy – no hill work outs, no speed work, just a bit of plodding to keep my legs supple.
I’ve not been a happy camper these last few weeks. This spilled into my running plans (as well as my other hobbies, such as this blog). I just couldn’t spare the energy while I was dealing with a heavy emotional and cognitive load.
I think I’m through the worst of it. This means my running mojo is back. And I reckon next week’s going to be my best marathon to date.
See you next week – and KOG!