Weekly Update: Finding the Positivity

Week: 12th-18th

My Lazy two weeks are OVER, Officially.


I had a late night on Monday night, as I was at my usual sewing class for the evening and then I was helping my sister with her packing. I woke up Early on Tuesday morning to help my sister to the station at 5:30am and from there I decided to get my day started with a run. I ran 4 miles along the river and was back home by 6:30am. I enjoyed getting up and doing this early, I managed to eat breakfast before leaving the house, and even made a bit more effort with my appearance this day.

The only problem with having a late night/super early morning, was by the time I got to Aerial in the evening on Tuesday I was ready for bed. I didn’t manage much in Aerial. The early morning was a shock to my system, although it came with many positives, it negatively effected my energy by the end of the day. Wednesday I took a much needed rest and an early night.

My alarm went off at 6am on Thursday morning, I tossed and turned for a while but made it up and out the door before 6:30am. I did an awesome run, with a great pace I’m not used to and felt unbelievably energised. Again I had more time than I’m used to for getting ready and made it to work before 9am, when I normally get there a little bit late.

Sunday was an absolute scorcher of morning but I got up and out and did 5 miles around the city! I took in the sun and the sights! I paused around Buckingham palace to take in the beautiful surroundings and take some pictures for tourists! 


I absolutely loved this run and finished it off with a Starbucks iced latte! 

I feel much more positive for doing my week day runs in the morning, as it’s so warm in London this week, and the thought of having to drag my self round the streets of London for an evening run don’t sound to appealing right now. I’m ecstatic that my pace for Thursday’s run was averagely below a 9 min/mile. More of this for the future I hope. I’m going to try and stick to waking up earlier and doing something each morning, however next week I will have to rearrange my days as I have a few social things to do.

I’ve been so happy that over the last couple of weeks many people have reached out to me about my running. Either asking for advice or asking me to run with them. I’m going to try and set up a little group so I can’t introduce these people to like minded people after the same goal and organise occasional runs for them. I’m currently trying to think of a name for the group but I hope to make a safe space where like minded people can talk about their goals and progress and hopefully meet people to run with on their journey!
This week has been super good and I glad I’ve found so much positivity. Off to enjoy the sunshine. Hope you all had a good week!

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Week: 5th-11th June.

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Training Plan: June

june-2017

It’s the 1st of the Month, it’s time to look at my training plan for this month!

My first big race is done, and though it wasn’t a great race for me I still did pretty well.

Overall I’m not loving running at the minute – I’m not really loving anything. So as the new plan headings towards Paris in September starts I really want to focus on taking care of my Mental and Physical health and try and have some fun over the summer whilst still loosely keeping to my training plan!

I’m looking forward to being back in the low numbers, there isn’t any need for big long runs at the moment but I will focus on my pacing on the longer runs.

Though my flexibility has improved and I’ve been working on stretching and strengthening my hips my body doesn’t feel great right now and I need to take more time to work on it.

Three Goals for the Month of June :

  1. Take it easy!
  2. Book a 5k
  3. Buy New Trainers

Notes about this training plan: 

I have used a mixture of advice and detailed training plans from both Bupa and RunDisney (Galloway Training programs) this has helped me to schedule how far to go on my weekend runs to fit around the Challenges for Disney and my own person schedule. 

Following Tips and Tricks from the Galloway training program:

The “Magic Mile” time trial (MM) is a reality check on your goal pace on raceday, and has been the best predictor of finishing under the race time limit.

Week 10

YAY! 10 Weeks of Training Done.

I’ve had a good week generally because I’ve done lots of things, spent lots of time with friends, worked hard on different projects, and got some amazing feedback on my Mental Health Post.


Tuesday – I kept my run light and easy after aerial. It was good, a great pace for a short run for me.
Thursday – I kept it short again, I didn’t want to over exert myself with such a busy week and a big run on the weekend. In previous weeks I will get to the end of the week and be completely exhausted that I won’t do the run long – and these are the runs I need to put in all the work.

 Sunday – I DID 12 MILES – FINALLY. Ok, my shoes are on their last legs, only another two weeks to make it through on these and then I’m getting a new pair. I got lost on this run! I ran to Battersea park and then looped round and then tried to run home via Starbucks – I got lost on the last half a mile of my route. The last 3 miles I really struggled with – firstly because I was bored doing loops, and secondly because I’ve lost my appetite recently and I wasn’t fueled enough – Stuff I need to work on the next two weeks.

My splits for this long run were terrible BUT overall I still managed a good time and think I can do a little better for the Great Manchester Half Marathon in two weeks!


 

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Week 9

This week has been ok, after the excitement of the past weekend with my friend here I’m exhausted catching up with everything and getting over the last bit of illness.

Aerial on Tuesday was great, I worked really hard and managed to do some moves I’ve never done before. 


I ran home but my timer didn’t set for the whole run, so I think I did about double the time and distance.


On Thursday I did 6 miles, my body wasn’t feeling it and but generally the time wasn’t too bad. 

On Friday I went to aerial practise and it was a good session, I need to get more confident going to practise sessions and having a clear idea of what I want to do and practise. Again I wasn’t feeling 100% so my body wasn’t cooperating with me. 

This weekend my mental health has taken a battering with a lot of things on my mind. I’m sad I’ve drifted from my plan but I’m confident that I will do ok in my half marathon. My plan is to try and stick to my 12 mile long run next weekend and 6 miles the weekend after. 

Training Plan: May

may-2017

It’s the 1st of the Month, it’s time to look at my training plan for this month!

I am finally coming up to a Race! I’m looking forward to it, but if you’ve seen my updates from the last few weeks, you’ll have known I’ve been sick and things haven’t gone to plan! 

I’m generally excited for the Great Run – Manchester half marathon. I hope to get 2:13 or under. I’m looking forward to seeing my best friend and have her support me at this race. It will be her first time seeing me run so she can see all the hard work I’ve put in (and moaned to her about constantly).

I didn’t really complete my goals for April due to being ill. I did run my first race in shorts and have brought more for future races – this is a massive step in my body confidence. 

Three Goals for the Month of May :

1. Focus on getting better. Rest well and take care of my body. 

2. Work on my flexibility, my hips are currently tight from my long runs, I need to do more stretching. It’s been neglected recently.

3. Try my best in my next race and ENJOY IT. 

Notes about this training plan: 

I have used a mixture of advice and detailed training plans from both Bupa and RunDisney (Galloway Training programs) this has helped me to schedule how far to go on my weekend runs to fit around the Challenges for Disney and my own person schedule. 

Following Tips and Tricks from the Galloway training program:

The “Magic Mile” time trial (MM) is a reality check on your goal pace on raceday, and has been the best predictor of finishing under the race time limit.

Week 8

THIS WEEK HAS BEEN GREAT! 


Ok so not great…I’ve come off the high of watching the marathon and I’ve still been ill! 
Tuesday evening I went to aerial despite feeling like poop, but had the BEST class. There was just the two of us and we did some doubles slings and some new drops. 


I did an extended run across the river at a fantastic pace! This would be a great pace to aim for in a future half marathon! 

On Thursday I decided to do a long run, as I had friends over all weekend and wasn’t able to run as I was entertaining my guests. 

I did 10 miles at a good pace and it felt really good! 

For my next few long runs I’m going to work on not stopping as much and keeping my comfortable pace. 

This weekend I received my bib for the Great Manchester Run – Half Marathon. 

I’m so excited!