I must have temporarily lost the plot, because I appear to have signed up for a marathon…

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Week 2 Summary

Week 2 – Run 2

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 10km (6.2 miles)
Time taken: 1 hour 18 mins
Calories burned: 651

Although I didn’t make three runs this week (dammit!), I did manage the 10km I wanted to run.
And again, although I wasn’t entirely up to scratch (I was hoping to run it in approximately an hour) it is the first 10km run I have done in nearly two years, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it! In fact, the 10km race I did two years ago, I did  in 1 hour and 16 mins, so really, I’m quite chuffed!

Next week, I want to do a 10km in less time, hopefully closer to the hour mark, and actually make the effort to run three times. After seeing the London Marathon this morning and realising how quickly some of these people can run without stopping even once, I can’t believe how out of shape I am.

Short and sweet

Week 1 – Run 2

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 3km (1.8 miles)
Time taken: 25 mins
Calories burned: 199

With a chores list as long as my arm to complete, followed by a “quick” visit my Auntie’s (actually turned out to be 2 hours of family gossiping) I only had 30 minutes free last night for my run.

However, I still made the effort and even managed to drag my sister to the gym with me. Rome wasn’t built in a day y’know?

I may not have run a huge distance, or run at an incredible speed, but this time, I didn’t stop at all (does a happy dance).
This is unlike before where I have been stopping every 10 or 15 minutes to catch my breathe or lower my heart rate. I can really feel myself getting slowly but surely better. Next stop, world domination!

Please observe: happy dance

Wanna do a 5km run over the t’interweb?

I have just stumbled across this blog organising a Worldwide WordPress 5k run. I absolutely flippin’ love this idea.

With the aim to get people moving more, and in effect, exercise “together” even if you’re on the other side of the world, it is such a good motivator, and a fab way to communicate with the online running community – one I’ve never been involved in, but hope to be in upcoming months. Get my geek on yeeeah.

In a nutshell, the blog states:

“You can run, walk, or skip. It’s up to you. There’s no time limit and there’s just one requirement: that you participate!

The blog is hoping for participants to run on Sunday 10th April (this week) but also states that it is open from 4th – 10th April to give some flexibility. I think I will do mine on Sunday when I’ve got some free time to do an outdoor run.

As soon as I have decided on a road route, and charged up my camera, I’m going to post details of my own personal fun run right here in the next few days. If you fancy doing it too, use the tag wwwp5k so we can all have a nosey at each other’s efforts. Really excited to see posts from other WordPress users on this one. Should be a giggle.

No April fool, time to get serious

Saturday morning run…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 5km (3.1 miles)
Time taken: 42.29 minutes
Average speed: 7.1 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 317

April is here a little sooner than I’d hoped, marking the start of training. Dun dun dunnnnn!
As mentioned in my Getting Organised post, I’m going to be working to a 6 month schedule to the big race in October. Not exactly to the one mentioned there, as I’ve seen many online and I’m sure they’re equally difficult useful.
However, what I will take from it is that I will need to be running 3 times weekly -preferably alternately to allow for rest days – and I shall aim to do the distances mentioned to guarantee some sort of progression.

The thing is, I want to do this marathon in between 4 and 5 hours. The thought of being that person still running on the roads when they are packing away scares the living crap out of me.
So I’ll need to be running an average of 10km (6ish miles) an hour to meet this target. At the moment it’s looking slim, but the training has only just begun….on Monday anyway. Time to get serious.

Feelin’ hot hot hot

So the clocks went forward this weekend (Spring forward, fall back) which is fab, because this means it is officially British Summer Time.

However, I often have a little trouble with the heat. It truly ain’t my friend…

For starters, I’m a redhead., I’m quite pale, and when I work out I get very “rosy cheeks”. Then again, even when I don’t work out, I react quite badly. It’s normally fun and games that redheads will run a mile (geddit?) at the sight of sunshine, as if we were vampires, and with myself, I must admit, that’s not too far from the truth.

I have very sensitive skin and suffer from contact dermatitis as well as allergic dermatitis. One of my irritants is, annoyingly, heat.

This includes strong sunshine, hot water and sweat. If any come into contact with my skin, I get an itchy red heat rash. This is temporary, but uncomfortable, and means my face looks like a tomato whenever I’m generally warm.

(See exhibit A below: Taken at the gym after a 30 minute run. The difference in colour between my face and shoulder is nothing to do with lighting. It is my rash vs normal skin)

Just call me tomato-face

Not to sound like a complete and utter whingebag, but although I’m deeply looking forward to sitting out in the beer gardens sunshine over summer and whip out the wine shorts and sunglasses, I can’t help but feel a bit concerned about how I’m going to cope with training in the lead up to the big day – after all, I’ve got to abandon the gym and hit the roads eventually.

Who knows, maybe all this running and sweating malarky will actually improve my skin? Here’s hoping…

Matter of heart

Last night’s gym efforts…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) :
5.06km (3.1 miles)

Time taken: 42 minutes
Average speed: 7.4 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 326

So last night I went to the gym. On a friday night.
I was really proud of myself for making the effort before going out with friends, and I loved the fact that I was pretty much the only person there. However, I feel like I’ve already hit a wall at the 5km mark, and when you consider than the marathon is approx 40km, I still have a very long way to go.

At one point my heart rate reached 200. I didn’t feel particularly bad, just like I needed to walk for a second.

According to this chart, this is a dangerous level.

Perhaps I need to try some alternative methods to increasing stamina rather than just pushing myself harder.

Set your goals

Last night’s gym effort…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 5km (3.1 miles)
Time taken: 37 minutes
Average speed: 7.7 km an hour (4.7 mph)
Calories burned: 326

To many, this will seem like a pitiful excuse for a workout.
However, I was really chuffed with myself last night.
For a number of reasons…

1. I’m an ex smoker and I genuinely didn’t think I had it in me to do 5km comfortably.
2. I had to wait for 20 minutes to get on a treadmill and very nearly gave up and went home.
3. I actually did what I set out to do!

I don’t know whether it was because it was a Monday, or maybe something to do with International Fitness Week, as mentioned in my previous entry, but I have never seen the gym so full! I do intend to mix up my runs between the gym and the open road, but for now, whilst getting my stamina up, I want my beloved air-conditioned machines.

My feet are tired today!