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

Week 2 – Run 1
(Wednesday night)

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 6.09km (3.78 miles)
Time taken: 47 mins
Calories burned: 386

Nothing much to report with week 2 as of yet. Didn’t manage my goal of running 10km quite yet. But I’m hoping to really give it my all at weekend when I have plenty of time to dedicate to the gym/road.

In fact, I’ve arranged to see one of the trainers to get some general advice for increasing my stamina. I remember when Athletics season would be over all those years ago in school – we would be put ‘in training’ for Cross Country season with varied speed drills, but I’m not sure I’d manage that these days without someone there pushing me.

If you have any tips out there world, I would love to hear them. I’m here to learn!

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Week 1 Summary

Well after a setback being ill over the weekend (including Monday *insert sad face*), I certainly didn’t get off to the best start to my training, and only managed to do 2 runs – 1 of which can only be described as a rush job. And I missed the WWWP5K run which I’d still like to do, albeit slightly delayed. Gutted gutted gutted.

Over 2 runs, I covered a whopping pitiful  distance of 10.09km (6.2 miles).

I think it is a good idea for the future, to set some goals each week (obviously I’m hoping not to be ill again anytime soon). To keep on top of things, but to also keep me going. So here it goes. Goals for week 2…

1. Run at least 3 times.
2. Run a 10k at least once, in one session. My furthest one so far is 7km and it felt okay, just sweaty warm.
3. Do one session of weight training. Either at the gym or on the wii fit. Just something other than running. My upper body strength and my core strength is really truly poor. I genuinely could not do a pushup if my life depended on it. I am told that the better your core muscles are, the less strenuous your running will become over time. Worth a try. Plus, I just love the word BUFF and want to be it. (But not like them women who looks like they’re constantly straining to do a poo. No thanks)

UrbanDictionary.com rocks my socks

Recently, I posted that I was a little concerned about my heart rate – especially since I’m absolutely shite pretty new to this running business.

My heart rate had reached the 190s (and at one stage 200), and although I didn’t feel hugely exhausted, it is obviously a sign that I’m useless pushing myself out of my capabilitity zone.

After a bit of reading on maximum heart rates however, according to Heart.com , knowing your maximum heart rate is:

“…a useful tool to measure training intensities and typically is used to measure or predict the level of exercise. It’s always good to measure your Max HR while doing exercises to ensure you stay within a safe range or use it to measure if the exercise is actually working well enough to raise your heart rate to acceptable ranges and levels.”

Good to know!
The equation on their page for working our your maximum heart rate is:
WOMEN: 226 – your age = age-adjusted Max HR

So my maximum heart rate would be 202. Winner!

I still think it’s a good idea not to reach that though. Wouldn’t look that attractive half dead at the finish line in October…

Thanks to Flickr user: Cuorhome, for the image.

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

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.

Week 1 – Run 1

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 7.09km (4.4 miles)
Time taken: 1 hour
Calories burned: 468

Considering today was my day off work, and considering I have been stuck at the 5km mark whilst trying to get back into my gym rhythm this past month, I’m pretty chuffed I got off my arse and did 7km on the treadmill today.
Not to mention that last night me and my fella had friends round to watch Wrestlemania and drink Southern Comfort. And I may not have got to bed until 4am….

I know to many, 7km in an hour is probably pretty poor. But hey, progress is progress.
By my calculations, with the race (I say race, but to be honest, I’ll simply be competing against keeling over) 6 months away, or 24ish weeks, if I can run a mile more each week, I should be okay.

(And don’t worry, I’m aware I need to run varied distances and not run too far before the big day, so don’t get your knickers in a twist health-dudes!)

Here’s to Week 1 – Run 2…

Me in disguise* - clearly dominating the running world. (*Some statements may not be true)

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.