Progress! Week 1 results! (And how I’m feeling overall)

Smashing goals, challenging thoughts, cramping feet and getting those KM’s!

This morning I checked my emails and saw my “progress from last week” email from Map My Run. I groaned. I was sure I didn’t make the km’s I needed for last week.

Well!
29.9km!! To say I was shocked would be an understatement.  (To see my progress overall check out my post here)

giphy (5)

So now week 1 of madness is complete, and it’s time to start looking at completing week 2 and trying to get past that 30km mark for the week. Honestly, I think I should be able to make it. 😉 *fingers crossed*

I have just returned from Day 8: 5km steady pace. Which was mercifully easy compared to some of my runs last week. Which made me think about how different each run can be. No two runs are the same! Sometimes it’s your legs that refuse to co-operate, and other times it’s your head. There are many runs I’ve cut short because my head just wasn’t in it.
This morning, I ran. It was simple! I got ready, walked out the door and ran. I didn’t overcomplicate it, and that meant that I wasn’t overthinking the run either. My body co-operated with my head, and the run went smoothly. What a lovely change! It could have been because of the rest day I had yesterday, or the extra stretching I did after my long run on Saturday, who knows! My only complaint today was the cramping in my right foot that set in at 4km 😦

So I think I will have to try to keep in mind how simple it can be for those days that I really don’t want to.

How is everyone else’s Monday going? Have you started your weekly mileage? Does your head ever get in the way of a potentially great run?

 

On Tuesdays, We Wear Black

Tuesday Run Log – Day 2 of November Training Plan/Consistency Challenge

Black is seriously the most versatile colour. If I can impart one piece of advice to you (that isn’t about staying consistent), it is that black is seriously the easiest colour for workout gear.
Colours are great, but I stick to black and grey for my workout clothes, because they mix and match so much better! No stress when I get up and put on my gear.

giphy (3)

Day Two! Tuesday: interval running – sprints

Distance: 3.24km
Time: 35:53
Average Pace: 7:58 /km
Tunes: A podcast! I’ve been listening to The Bright Sessions for a few months now. I will review it as soon as I’m caught up with the new episodes.
The Run: It was ok. Tough, but ok. Intervals are crap, and if you’re anything like me, you have to work hard to get through them.
Thoughts: 

  • Why do I do this to myself?

Don’t forget that you can still join me for my Month Of Madness! I’ll be uploading a printable schedule soon! (Which can be adapted for any new month of training!)

Are you training for anything coming up? Do you loathe sprints as much as I do?? Drop me a comment below! Or find me on Instagram or Twitter (@thecrappyrunner)

Monday Run Log: Rainy Run

Day one of my November Training plan!

November Training Plan

Monday week one: 5km steady pace run

Setting: Straight up a local ridge and back down (33m elevation)
Distance: 5.17 Km
Time: 37:55
Average Pace: 7:20 /Km
Tunes: Spotify Playlist: “Zombies, Run!” by RIAVEG8  (As you can see, I don’t change it up much once I’ve found something that works)
I am also up to Season Two of Zombies, Run! So that has been keeping me pretty motivated, as I want to catch up.

The Run: After my Goal Setting post yesterday I couldn’t back out of this one today, the first day of my November plan to improve my endurance! So I had to do it, even though it’s miserable rainy spring weather. I ended up feeling surprisingly good by the third km and kept a steady pace for the last two km’s.

Thoughts:

  • So many puddles
  • This spray jacket is getting warm
  • Thank god, it’s stopped raining!
  • Up-hill is the worst
  • I really need to pick up the pace
  • Wohoo! Finally feeling like a runner again!

 

giphy 2
We’re all Tina

Setting Goals: November

November has been the month for me to return to running. After a successful few months from July to September I was training regularly, and preparing for the 10Km race that I participated in, but once that was over I seemed to lose all of my drive.

Obviously, it makes sense, the competition and the challenge was over, so I didn’t have to push myself anymore. I’ve seen it all over the internet, that once you’ve reached a goal, the best thing you can do is set another one ASAP!

Well… I didn’t. I got lazy, and I allowed my fitness to slide, again.

So now that I’m reinvigorated, I’ve decided to set some real (achievable) goals for this month leading up to a proper training schedule for a half marathon in April.

 The Schedule

November’s focus: Endurance, conditioning (losing body fat %), consistency

Week 1:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 7km “long” run

Total: 27 – 30km

Week 2:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 8km “long” run

Total: 28 – 31km

Week 3:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 9km “long” run

Total: 29 – 32km

Week 4:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 10km “long” run

Total: 30 – 33km

giphy

#ENDS

Saturday Run Log: Getting back into it

Today was one of those perfect Canberra days: a slight breeze, and sunshine from 6am til 7pm. Unfortunately for me, I am at the tail end of the semester and have had four assignments due in one week.
So after submitting three of my assignments throughout the week, and with one to go, I decided to go for a run!

Setting: Local run around the neighbourhood
Distance: 5.01km
Time: 36:01
Average Pace: 7:11 /Km

Tunes: Spotify Playlist: “Zombies, Run!” by RIAVEG8 (Continued with this one, and surprisingly, it got better! 70’s rock makes running ok)

Continued with the Zombies, Run! missions released with Call of Duty and this episode had some more interesting parts to it, though it was still less exciting than I’d hoped, I’ve decided to persevere through them since I’d already started.

The Run
: It felt nice to get out of the house and into the sunshine. We’ve been AirBnb’ing our spare room, so I’d spent most of the day preparing the house for a new guest and listening to lectures. It was nice to get out into the sunshine. My lungs didn’t start burning straight away, and it was good to stretch my legs after the run yesterday, which left my glutes and hammies pretty tight!

Thoughts during:

  • I’m glad I put on sunscreen
  • Doubling up on the sports bra was a good idea
  • Tights will always will v. shorts for running
  • Eating lunch was another good idea
  • Eff me it’s hot
  • Should have thought about hydration
  • How far have I gone??!
2L drink bottle post run
2L isn’t enough sometimes, so you have to steal someone else’s