Training Plan: July

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

HAPPY JULY EVERYONE. June was an ok month, I took it easy after my race in may and I did what I could. I’ve not managed many runs over the last two weeks so this is also a little update for you!

Work has been super busy recently and the summer socialising has started, I’ve come out of hibernation and been up to lots and have lots more planned.

This week I’ve only managed one run but it was a good one! I stuck just under a 9min/mile for 4 miles. Although I’m not taking Disney runs too seriously, in my future runs a consistent 9 min/mile would be the dream pace for me.

I’ve managed two races this month, the 5k Color run and Chase the sun Brixton 10k, not quite as easy as i should have been taking the month but around these I’ve been quite lazy.

One goal I didn’t complete for the month of June was to buy new trainers, as my mother has kindly offered to Purchase them for me as…

…ITS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!

I’m excited to spend a weekend away celebrating my birthday but I am also apprehensive that my training is going to go out the window. 12 weeks and the Disneyland Paris races will all be over so I haven’t got long to squeeze training in.

Three Goals for the Month of July :

1. Start tracking my Period. This may sound so stupid but I’ve been so chill about it the last year. I want to track so I’m a little more prepared for the hormonal changes that come with it. For example this past week I’ve been due on and had some really bad PMS, my hormone changes are so significant and my energy is super Low but then a couple days into my period my energy sky rockets and I’m full of life and it’s an optimal time in my training. Because I don’t track these times I just think the worse and let it get the better of me instead of utilising this time to help myself and work my routine around it.

2. Enjoy my birthday – I usually get stressed around this year but I’m not planning a party or night out this year so I’m leaving the days plans to my best friend and we are going to celebrate just the two of us and keep it stress free.

3. Try a new class – I want to see what else is out there that I may enjoy!

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.

Weekly Update: Chasing the Sun

Hello all.

This week has been HOT HOT HOT in London. As I said last week I’ve had lots of social thing going on this week so many “Plan” kind of went out the window.

This week, I’ve seen the absolutely amazing Celine Dion, been to West End Live and spent time with some of the most amazing people in my life. Safe to say generally it’s been a good week.

I didn’t Run or Aerial on Tuesday as that’s the day I saw Celine!

On Wednesday (the hottest day of the week) I may my way to Brockwell Park for the Chase the Sun 5/10k. I met with my friend Amy who was doing her first 5k in a couple of years. I decided to do the 10k on a whim, purely because it was planned for my long run anyways on the weekend which I knew I would have difficulty doing with my social life.

Oh Boy was it hot! I believe it was about 30 degrees when we did the race but the temperature had been up to 34 degrees that day. I wore my shorts (which I don’t often do) and soaked up the sun before hand.


I managed to get a new record… My slowest 10k ever… Brockwell park has a few hills and we all know these aren’t my friend and the heat just got to me. I had some serious chub rub going on and sweat in my eyes. I participated and finished the race so I’m happy with my efforts! For once there are a few decent pictures of me from the race. There are still negatives my mind is going to focus on in the pictures (my squinty eyes, my thighs, and the tanned hairline from tanning in this crazy hot heat) BUT I’m going to look at it more positively because it’s too draining constantly falling apart after each negative, I just don’t have the time to mentally keep patching myself up after dwelling each negative thought.

I’ve had the best intentions to run the rest of the week but haven’t managed it. Work has been busy and draining and I’ve had my best friend staying over for the weekend.

My phone has been broken for a while – I’ve had a cracked screen but now it’s completely finished after another drop so if I don’t replace it soon there will be no recorded runs from me. 

Not much of an update this week. 

2017 Race Schedule

January

  • Run Through 10k

 

February/March – No Races Planned

 

April

  • Run Through 10k

May

  • Simply Heath Great Manchester Run – Half Marathon

June

  • The Color Run
  • Chase the sun 5k/10k Brixton


July

  • Chase the Sun – Clapham Common 5k
  • Chase the Sun – Olympic Park 5k

August 

  • Chase the Sun – Crystal Palace 5k
  • Chase the Sun – Olympic Park 10k

September 

  • Clapham Common 10k
  • Chase the Sun – Olympic Park 5k
  • Disneyland Paris 5k
  • Disneyland Paris 10k
  • Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

Earning me the Challenge Medal

October 

  • Adidas City Run – Shoreditch 10k

November 

  • Disney World Wine & Dine 5k
  • Disney World Wine & Dine 10k
  • Disney World Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Earning me the Challenge Medal & Castle to Chateau Medal

December 

  • No planned races

 

Update:

29/03/2017 – I have decided not to the RunDisney Virtual Runs. Mainly because the timing of them going on sale is going to clash with other opportunities I’ve got going on right now. I still want as many medals as possible, but will focus more on Local events. I am really interested in doing a couple more runthrough events. Currently I have a lot of months without any major plans, so I am going to play it by ear. If anyone could recommend any events in the month I have nothing booked, give me a shout.  I will continue to update this blog post with any changes or additions 🙂

22/06/2017 – Updated to say that PARIS is confirmed 🙂

04/08/2017 – Updated to include Runthrough Chase the sun runs.

 

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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!

Weekly Update: Filled with Colour.

Week: 5th-11th June.

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Weekly Update: Back to the beginning.

Week: 29th May- 4th June

Hello 😊

My first half marathon of the year is done and the training plan has reset and I’m in the low running numbers. I’m taking it easy because mentally I haven’t been in a good place recently and I’ve found everything really overwhelming.

After my half marathon I made sure to stretch and roll as much as I could and I felt a little sore on the Monday but by Tuesday I felt ok. My toenails didn’t hurt as badly as the last half marathon but my hip suffered the worse this time.

I went to my regular Aerial Sling class thinking “I can’t do this, I’m going to struggle so much, my teacher will hate me cause I’ll probably just sit in the corner and take pics for others and not actually do anything” turns out Aerial was ok and I could do most of it. I even managed to do a move I haven’t been able to do in weeks.  I was a little bit proud of myself for achieving this move.

I didn’t run throughout the week because I just couldn’t face it. I’ve been so low in mood I’ve not wanted to do anything but lay in bed all week.

On Saturday I decided to go to another Aerial class, I did Trapeze which if you have read any of my Aerial posts you’ll know I started with this years ago but haven’t done it much since. It was a small class but they were doing really hard stuff so I struggled my way through it. I fell out of one move and have some serious bruises to show for it.


It was a really nice day in Saturday so I took my Yoga mat to the roof and did some stretching and then some handstand practise.

I haven’t don’t handstands for so long, I used to be quite good in my contortion/Acro days! I was impressed I managed to hold my handstands for a couple of seconds. I’m going to try and practise these more.


On Sunday I went for a run my plan was for 4 miles but I managed a 5k.


I feel like I need to do more small runs to get my miles up. I’m just going to try when I’m up to it to run home from work.

I’m going to take it easy still as my Mental Health comes first. Lately I’ve been feeling disconnected from my body. It’s not that I don’t like what I see, it’s more like I don’t feel like this is me, I feel disconnected from the view in the mirror or pictures I see. It’s weird I’m not sure what going on and I don’t know how to manage it.

Anyways in the past Ten months I have achieved a lot and I am proud of myself. I’m going to continue to work hard even though I’m finding it really difficult right now.


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.