Weekly Running Challenge – Monday 6th April 2015
Happy Easter Monday! Today was a really gorgeous day here in Reading. I had a short run through the park near my home. For the first time this year, it was shorts and tee-shirt weather only (I was able to leave the jacket/gloves/hat and tights at home).
Getting back into the swing
Last week, I had a few experimental and gentle runs to help determine how my injured foot is placed. I’m pleased to say that, despite a few twinges here and there, it’s holding up well. I took a small chance and went hiking on Good Friday in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire. It was a good 15km of hiking in those hills. My legs certainly felt the difference the next day, but my foot held up without any pain or drama.
After today’s run on a beautiful sunny afternoon, I’ve decided it’s time to get back into my running. I’ve still got my overall goal of trying to run a BMQ time. But for now, let’s simply get back into shape. With that in mind, time to set some challenges for this week.
Weekly Running Challenges
Let’s discuss running, weight and diet challenges.
- 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
Weight and diet
This is going to be a big challenge! After my decision to move back to the UK last October, life got pretty hectic and haywire. Add to that the stress of moving, finding work, finding new place to live etc, I must confess I ate too much junk and drank too much beer. I had started making progress in the new year when I went and damaged my feet – left foot and then right foot. That was enough to keep me off running. With the stress of the constant travel for work and lack of release from exercise, I kept right on boozing and eating junk.
Enough of that. If I’m going to hit my running goals – the small weekly ones and the big, ambitious ones – then time to make some changes. So, the challenges are:
- 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.
And that’s enough for this week: clean eating, race planning and ramping back up to a sustainable training schedule.