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

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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

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Everyone’s gotta start somewhere

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)

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…

Running envy

I’ve just come across this blog – Running Man Wannabe – by a guy who, from the sounds of his About Page, is also a bit of a beginner in terms of running.
(Although his speeds certainly seem better than mine right now. You go fella!)

His blog is so dedicated to targets, monitoring times and speeds, and generally just keeping on top of things.

Hopefully over the next month or so when I start making my runs more regular, I will get to this level of blogging. I am seriously impressed. Time to up my game.

International fitness week

Apprently, it’s International Fitness Week starting today.

According to the website, this week (14th – 20th March) is all about:
“inspiring people across the world to make a change, finding out what activity works for them and lead a healthier lifestyle. So save the date now and get motivated to get moving!”

This is what I hope to do with this blog.
I’m just  a normal person. Not hugely into exercise by any  means, although I was really good at school. Yes, I’m one of these annoying women who always wants to lose a few pounds and “get healthy” when another New Year comes around.

So if I can inspire just one person to get off the couch/computer/arse, then it’ll be worthwhile.

So far at the gym I have been casually exercising. Doing a quick run, doing a few weight machines, few minutes on the bike and then home.

I also got a tattoo last week, and you’re not really supposed to exercise the week after as it disrupts the healing process. But I want to take this seriously now.

Today, I’m gonna set myself a goal of 5k.

Lent eh?

So Lent began yesterday – a time of self sacrifice for God over appoximately 40 days, traditionally 5 Sundays I believe.
And I’m gonna be completely up front and say that I am, in fact, an Atheist.
(So I may very well be inccurate in that last sentence, even though I went to a convent school. But that’s another story altogether…)

Now before you shun me for having no soul and no faith, I do believe in self-sacrifice for something worthwhile.
And since everyone else is doing it, I guess it’s a good opportunity to be a sheep try and make the effort and hopefully not be alone in this ‘giving something up’ scenario.

A big challenge for me with this run will be a change of diet. I’m aware that I will not have to starve myself, in fact, far from it.
However, I’m a big snacker and won’t often say no to a full pack of Choccy Hobnobs (or any chocolate biccy for that matter).

And I do love my Wine. And I love love love my Southern Comfort.

So for this month at the very least, whilst I’m trying to get my stamina up (before starting the 6 month training schedule at the beginning of April) I’m going to try and give up booze and biscuits. Or at the very least cut down.

How hard can it be?

Me? Drink alcohol? NO WAY DUDE!