Fist full week without a rehearsal/show since 2017! So much time for activities! Lots more time for running and what a week it’s been. Something that was reinforced this week… DO NOT SIT DOWN WHEN YOU FINISH WORK! If you planned to
run get changed and go out! The plan this week was just to get a few more runs in and start to make running a more regular affair but I have achieved so much more than that.
Starting with Monday nothing too exciting about this run other the to get out. 6k achieved but the achievement came because I got out and ran after a long first-day-back at work.
Wednesday, I was going for a run thinking about pushing the 6k up to 8 maybe. 5k down and was heading back home about ready to give up. As I
approached the 6k mark I started to feel a second wind. I thought ‘I’ll just run around the park’ as I approached the end of the park I still felt pretty good and was actually picking up speed. That turned into ‘I’ll just finish out my 3k loop’. On the home straight I realized that I was going to miss 10k by 0.75k…. Clearly wasn’t about to let that happen. With all the determination I had, I turned left passed the common and added that final push to finish that 10k!
I was so happy with the run it was a lot quicker towards the end then I have been running, I meet the goal of 10k 7 weeks before the Eastleigh 10k and look that calorie burn 1066! However, on the downside, I was so hyped up on endorphins that I found it hard to sleep that night.
Having achieved my 10k run Thursday in part was a moderately painful and achy day, my butt hurt sitting on the high stool chair during my team admin day at work…. nothing that couldn’t be solved with a wonder, I was, however, grateful for the comfortable reclining chairs of the Southampton Showcase Cinema during Avengers Infinity War. Friday I got a bit bogged down with work and ended up pulling a long day at the computer by the time I finished I debated a run but actually opted to attend park run the following day at 9am and I was so glad I did.
Having only attended park run once before I have forgotten how evil the Eastleigh course can be…. three times up a gently inclining hill that could quite easy to give up and walk up (or roll down). With a good run under my belt, I set an unrealistic aim of 35 mins to complete and a realistic goal of under 40 mins. I defiantly hadn’t considered the amount of rain we had had Friday and Saturday morning and how swampy the course would become. There was defiantly a few moments where my trainers nearly got left behind and a few occasions where there was more water in my show then outside.
One thing I had forgotten about running with other people is how much it can pick you to speed up. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t on the tail of the 20 min 5 kers but the splits were considerably quicker. I also forgot how much moral support can pick you up and spur your on. Big shout out to the lady in the purple! She caught my attention half way round to say that I was doing well and at the end to thank me for pulling her full the final lap, I also thanked her for doing the same as she pushed me on the flat sections. Just before the finish line, my Nike app announced that my 5k was 35mins and 49 seconds! So close and yet so far! Offical race time was slightly longer…. I might have missed the point where I needed to get my tag scanned…. won’t make that mistake again! Considering the time conditions I am pretty happy with that time and it was almost my unrealistic time, with any luck next weeks conditions will be better so I can smash that goal (and it puts me firmly on track to run a 1hr 10k).
Finally, to finish off the week and push up my distance for the month I did a slow 3k loop this morning. This month I have run 72.5k in total, not to shabby considering the last time I ran that far in a month was some time in 2016.
As for my weight is this running helping is it not? Over the last two weeks it’s been a fluctual rollercoaster, however, 18st, however, the last two days that’s come down to 17st again. Eating has been better (until today, I should not be left to entertain myself with sweets in the house, oh well at least they’re gone now) so It’s just a case of keep on keeping on I guess.
Things I have learned this week!
- Run even if you’re a bit tired and you have planned to.
- My 1st 4k is always going to be slowers then my last!
- I can run further and faster then I think even only a few weeks back in.
- Run with people…. it helps.
And with April Over I want to set some goals for May:–
- Run a 10k a Week.
- A fast Park run (or 5k a week) with the aim being sub 35mins.
- To run 15k a week at least.
- To Run 100k in May.
- To be under 17st.
31 Days… On your marks…. Get set……………………………….