My Mum, the perfect example of a “non runner” perhaps even “non mover” at one stage set a goal to complete the couch to 5k last year and she did it. I hate to say that as though I’m surprised but she hasn’t really stuck to something fitness related ever. She stuck to the guidelines and schedule even during our family holiday in Portugal. Mum even continued to get her trainers on post the set 9 weeks and I went to a couple of Saturday morning 5k park runs with her near our home and it made me so proud seeing my mum cross the finish line. Since then, we’ve had a chat and realised that she needs a focus and new challenges to keep her motivated. Post Christmas she completed Race At Your Pace, receiving a little medal through the post as a sign of how she’s improved her fitness. After taking on my first fitness challenge last year and cycling 45 miles for the Princes Trust Palace To Palace Race and seeing Mum’s motivation recently I decided it’s time I signed up to a running challenge.
I love running and on average do 1 run a week but I’ve always wanted to push myself and feel this is the year to do it. Spring has arrived finally and I’m excited for more outdoor training. I was actually offered a place on the London Marathon but unfortunately had to turn it down due to other commitments but it pushed me to search for some races in Spring and was pleased to find there are just so many going on all the time in London. I’d love to aim for a half marathon by Summer but for now, I’ve signed up to a 10k race in Greenwich in March. It’s just under a month away so a nice comfortable goal to have as I’ve only ever ran 6-7k maximum. Although Greenwich park races are super tough as it’s so hilly! Mum knows she has to have a set goal and training schedule to get her trainers on and now I’m going to see how dedicated I can be to my training.
I’m going to be using Nike+ Run Club App to track my training and follow their 10k plan to get me there which you can download off there website and luckily I’ve been kitted out in the beautiful new Nick Epic React trainers.You may have seen the hype about these around the launch last week, I was so eager to try them and excited to wear them throughout this training.
Firstly I think they are such a pretty trainer and definitely got me out of my running block during a busy couple of weeks recently. I’d been running regular with Natalie on Sundays and then due to travels we missed a few weeks and I found it so challenging to get out there myself. However, I’ve been for 2 short runs now since getting the Nike Epic React kicks so far as well as worn them out and about and the first thing I noticed was how supportive and warm they are. They are soft, lightweight and kind of make me feel like bambi! Sometimes I go over on my ankles when I run which I think is due to dodgey pavements, the fact I’m clumsy and if I’m tired but I felt so balanced in these and even went out in them during the icy snowing week last week and didn’t end up on my bum.
The white colour is gorgeous for Spring that is hopefully coming after the snow and I can’t wait to run in them leading up to my race and beyond. They also have other colours, I love the grey colour too. Now time to convince Mum to sign up too.
My Training Goals And Notes
So I realise I actually only have 2 weeks now to train for this 10k and obviously I could probably just rock up and do it but I want to feel good and confident and those hills are kind of scaring me so here’s my plan for the next 2 weeks.
2-3 runs a week (2 x 4-5k and 1 x 8-9k).
1 x hill sprint training a week as part of run because Greenwich park is very hilly and tough!
Listen to podcasts (this really helps me get through longer distance runs rather than listening to music).
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Rich Maciver
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