A great running week
Last week was my best running week in months. Really, really good. In fact, it’s encouraged me to look at a marathon at the end of May – it’s been too long since my last medal. Let’s review and plan anew.
Last Week’s Challenges
Last week, I set myself the following challenges:
- Do 5 runs between Tuesday and Sunday of 4, 5, 5, 5, 8 – slowly ramping up mileage to recover
- Order replacement trainers – my current set are a year old now and definitely past their prime
- Enter a short race in May
- Target a marathon in June/July – need to work one out with a planned holiday
- Not eat out for any dinner this week
- No drinking alcohol – 7 clear days between now and Sunday
- No sugary foods (soft drinks and such) between Tuesday and Saturday.
1. This didn’t go to plan. I must’ve angered the Train Gods as getting home from London took several hours extra on several nights (usually, I can get home in 2 hours – but 4 hours is a bit much). My target mileage was 27k total. Well, I had to change my plans but I hit my mileage goals. With my foot fully recovered, I chanced a long run on Sunday. Over the week, I did a 3.3 k and two 5-ish K’s. Sunday, I decided to make up the mileage by going for a Long, Slow Run – and I hit 15k!
I was chuffed – knackered, but chuffed. This has made me think I can enter a marathon in about 6 to 8 weeks.
2. My new trainers arrived today! Will give them a test spin tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I bought my last pair. Not enough run I guess.
3. Entered a 10k on May 17th – I’m going to go as fast as I can.
4. My initial idea was sold out – I’m looking into an alternative (but it’s overseas and I need to check if I can afford it first)
6. Done! It’s surprising the change that laying off the booze brings. I’m starting to sleep better, feel less groggy during the day and feeling better generally.
7. Done! No sugary s*it.
This week’s challenges
1. 3 mid-week runs, 2-weekend runs: target mileage of 50k (whoa…!)
2. Buy and try salt tablets to help with my excessive electrolyte losses cos I am a really sweaty betty
3. No alcohol again – target 14 days dry in total
4. No sugar between Tues and Saturday and no eating out again
5. Walk from home to the train station once this week
6. Take the stairs at work instead of the lift (except when carrying hot liquids ‘cos that’s a safety rule)
What’s the idea behind all these? Well, I need to clean up my eating (hence the sugar and eating out) and am trying to expand my exercise away from just running. That’s quite a challenge as my job is sedentary. But, if I can start squeezing more exercise into my day, it’s bound to benefit my running with a bit of low-key conditioning.
Tell next week, Keep on Going.