Five weeks to my first race of the year and a mere two weeks into my getting back to running plan and things are going reasonably well. I have completed two runs on my make it up as I go along schedule and also done quite a lot of walking, two mini sessions on the cross-trainer, a pilates class and the gorgeously relaxing stretch class.
I had planned to do my first walk/run on Wednesday followed by parkrun on Saturday. Wednesday morning arrived to snow everywhere, not too deep but definitely enough to make snowballs.
Oh no, I was going for a run.
<indecisive panic and brain freeze>
Step outside the door, actually I think it’ll be ok if I stay on the fresh snow. Wrapped up warm and wearing my trail shoes for extra grip I set out on my first 5k of the week. It was a beautiful morning and I really enjoyed being out in the snow. I ran intervals of 150m run to 850m walk (15% running). Later that day I took a walk down to Tesco with my older son who was off college as his transport had been cancelled, which was a mistake as my calf then ached for the rest of the day and the next morning.
Looking forward to parkrun, I was uncertain whether to stay at 150/850 or step it up again. Thinking about how much my leg was aching earlier in the week I decided to stay at the same level. Sadly, my usual parkrun was cancelled, as were a lot of others, because of icy paths. Undeterred I just went out in the village, on non-icy pavements, and did my own thing, another 5k in 150m run/850m walk intervals.
Next week I hope to complete three run sessions, staying at the same level for the first two (probably Monday and Wednesday) and then Saturday at parkrun where, as tail walker, my pace will be dictated by that of the last runner. My aim is to work up to 25% (250m/750m) or even 33% (250m/500m) over the next two weeks which will then leave just three weeks to race day and a chance of running it 50:50.
- 3 x parkrun
- 5 x gym
- 3 x core fitness classes
- 288,499 steps, equivalent to 140 miles
Have a great week xx