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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.

This week’s arch nemesis: stamina

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

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…

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.