For the past few weeks I have felt a little under the weather. I’ve lost all motivation, I’ll be honest. I just don’t DO winter. I am so much happier in summer.
So I had this brilliant idea. Firstly, motivate myself to go OUT in the horrible weather, and secondly…wait for it…
….It seemed a better idea at the time.
Basically, I’ve agreed to run 10k with my friend Laura in May ’16. I’ve always liked the idea of being able to accomplish something like that; it’s something I never considered as being something I’d be able to do. But that’s mainly what made me want to do it!
I hate running. I always have. I like the idea of running. But I can’t remember a time I felt happy whilst running. Like, usually if I’m running towards you, I would say you need to run too because the only way I’d ever run is if it’s running FROM something. Otherwise, I don’t see why anyone would choose to run.
Weight training, yes. I’ve felt amazing during and after at times. And weight training is actually really the only form of exercise I’ve done for years; I always avoided cardio. But now, it’s time to face the challenge.
So this is my first week training. A couple of people have raised their eyebrows and said it’s a little early to start training, but I don’t think they realise how shit at running I actually am.
So far I plan to run 3 times a week. We are joining the gym in a couple of weeks (we were meant to join two weeks ago but Si had a sports injury so we kinda put it off. Plus, Christmas…), and then I’ll start my weight training again, aswell as running track there on my cardio days.
I’m a total novice at this. I can’t run to catch a bus, let alone 10k. So as I go through the next few weeks, I’ll keep you posted on things I’ve learned and my progress.
Thing’s I’ve discovered so far in terms of prep, are:
- Cardio walking helps to increase your cardiovascular strength (I went for my first run a couple of days ago, and alternated 90 seconds of walking with 60 seconds of running for a half an hour session.)
- I should combine my running with other forms of cardio exercise (this wont be a problem. I will be cycling to work, and taking up yoga as a way to help stretch my muscles after an intense run or gym session. Si also wants to start swimming..)
- Running requires muscle strength, so I can’t slack on my weight training either.
I’ve also noticed a slight pain in my knee for the past couple of weeks; I think I have a bad knee anyway and the cold isnt helping. I bought a knee support today to try and prevent any ‘slip ups’ during my training.
If any runners/fitness guru’s out there have any tips or tricks for me, then please please please do drop me a comment or an email, I’d love to hear from you!
I’ll be posting more as the weeks go on, keep your eyes out!