After running 17 races last year as a complete beginner, I am now training for my first Half Marathon on the 13th May 2018.
Once at a dinner party my husband made the bold statement that “The default setting of a human being is laziness”. There was an awkward silence at the table as people assessed whether they fell into that category and I remember thinking husbands can be quite embarrassing! But I think he was onto something especially when you look at fitness. It takes a lot to put those trainers on. I battle on the drive home, thinking of all the excuses I can come up with NOT to do my run or gym. If I rush into the house and get changed before I have perfected my excuse then my workout will get done. But if I give my mind enough time, I WILL eventually find an excuse I can live with. On Monday and Tuesday, laziness won. That word “laziness” seems so harsh… maybe “inertia” is better? Although I had a lot of things on my mind, I could have done both workouts. In the end, I got through most of my workouts – it just felt like I had to fight myself each day to get there!
Monday, 5th March: Unplanned Rest Day
Tuesday, 6th March: Unplanned Rest Day
Wednesday, 7th March: Easy Run, 40:04 min, 5 km. After two lazy days, I was determined to get my run done. It started raining on the drive home so I was a bit annoyed that my run would have to be on the treadmill. But once I had warmed up, the rain had stopped and I managed to run outdoors. 81% humidity is no joke! I was sweating like crazy and it was a tough run to get through. But I did it and was so relieved to get back home!
Thursday, 8th March: Gym, Pilates, 1hr. That lazy feeling hit again and I told my kids, “I don’t feel like going to pilates” but my daughter Kaia simply said “Then you won’t get strong”. Smart girl. That did it for me and we all hopped into the car – I dropped the kids at the gym’s play centre and made my way to pilates where I lay on my mat and started breathing as the class was settling down. Our instructor Oliver focused on legs and it felt AMAZING. I listened to everything that was being said and just really got into the zone, executing each move as best as I could. Chin to chest. Engage your abdominals. Relax your shoulders. Head up. Hold for 10…9…8… pulse pulse pulse. I left feeling really good.
Friday, 9th March: Treadmill, Fartlek Run 34:45 min, 5 km. Sadly, with no one to watch the kids this ended up being on the treadmill again. The first 2 km was an Easy pace; the next 1 km was a Fartlek. It felt weird to do on the treadmill but I just sprinted as fast as I could for about 200m and then recovered for another 200m, before doing it again until the 1 km was up. Not as fun as outdoors but still fun nonetheless. The last 2 km was supposed to be an Easy pace but I was running late for something so I Tempo paced it!
Saturday, 10th March: Rest Day. Yay!
Sunday, 11th March: Long Run, 1:09:36, 10 km. I had planned a really nice route but on Sunday morning I woke up to the sound of rain. With a deep sigh, I hopped on the treadmill. I knew if I delayed until later on in the day, the run would just not get done. But what a boring run! I tried to listen to some music but even then I kept looking at my watch wondering when on earth I’d be done! What I discovered though is doing a Long Run on the treadmill really helps with the mental side of running. I started thinking of different ways to get through each km, estimating where I would have been had I been outdoors. I focused on my form, making sure I was upright and not slouching, squeezing in my glutes. My knee felt sore towards the end but otherwise it was an okay run.
Mileage this week: 20 km
Mileage this training cycle: 122.72 km
Gym Classes this week: 1
Grade: B– (I took a while to start my week but in the end I managed all my runs if not all my gym classes and strengthening exercises)