In which I know it’s really a Tuesday when I post this…
My 7 days, 7 run challenge is over. How’d I do? Let’s review!
Close but no cigar – but I get another prize
Last week, I decided to re-boot my running plan. Less proscribed with more flexibility. It was:
- 7 days/7 runs
- Total 30k mileage
- One 10k run on Saturday/Sunday
That’s it. Run every day for a week to clock 30k. No paces, no intervals, no fartleks – just run every day this week. 7 days/7 runs (or 7D/7R).
I got 6 of the 7 runs (check out my twitter feed). I didn’t manage my 10k on Sunday but did manage to clock up about 26k over the week.
It was really, really fun. For the first time in ages, I enjoyed running again. Even though some of my runs were really short – such as Friday’s 2k – I took the view that the run was the thing.
Why didn’t I complete my challenge – by missing Sunday’s run? Well, boringly, household chores and some other commitments got away from me. And I was also tired. Really, really tired. Only partly down to running.
What I’ve learned about running every day
First,it is possible to run every day during the week. True, I often felt like one of those gerbils on a wheel; rushing home, getting changed, running, get changed again, cooking dinner, going to evening events – phew, a hectic week. But it is possible to run.
Second, the length of run didn’t matter. I’ve talked before about letting perfect be the enemy of the good. This was where when I knew I didn’t have time to do a specified run – such as an 8k – I would use it as an excuse not to do any running. Even my short runs last week were good.
Thirdly, Pilates is paying off for me. I’ve worked my legs hard the last week but without any really muscle problems. My hamstrings used to be quite tight and give me trouble. I’ve now got proper stretching and strengthening technique and that’s paid off with more resilient legs.
Finally, I’ve learned that being more flexible is bonus. While I’m sure a fully-detailed, minute-by-minute training plan has it’s uses for elite athletes, my base line fitness is still not good enough to benefit from it.
That means I just need to keep plugging away at building that baseline. This is so I can meet my September goal of being able to run a full 42.6k – and not having to walk the last 10k. I’ll worry about fartleks, intervals and such later.
Plan for the week
No 7D/7R challenge this week. I’ve got too much on work wise and also want time to work on my Pilates.
My challenges for the week are:
- Run a 10-15k on the weekend
- Run on Sat & Sun
- Run three times during the week
- Run before work
The last one’s going to be interesting. I’ve always been bad in the mornings. However, work is really getting busy. I’ve also taken on some outside interests. This means my evenings are getting busier. And so, to fit in enough training, I’m going to try morning running.
Keep on Going