Yesterday my Sunday was certainly a Runday! First up, I had to send a tweet to my cousin wishing her luck as she was running her first 10k. I love the fact that she is running too, and that we have signed up to the Milton Keynes Half Marathon in March together. Hopefully, over the Christmas break, we will actually be able to get in a training run in together!! (Although her 10K time was awesome, so I may struggle to keep up!) Well done K.
I then headed off to The Running Show at Sandown. I have seen this advertised for the last couple of years, but this is the first time that I have attended, and I must admit, I was very excited about going. There was so much running gear on sale, that I am pleased to say that I was actually a little overwhelmed with the amount of gear – glad because it saved my bank balance! It’s easy to think that you need everything, but that’s the beauty of running, you don’t need alot – good trainers, comfortable clothing and you are off! I’d love to say this is how I run, but I have to admit I am a bit of a gadget girl, so tend to run with lots more attached.
I attended two of the free seminars at the show. The first was by Joel Enoch on Nutrition. Although a lot of what he said, was not new to me, it’s always good to be reminded. I do know what I should eat, but I certainly don’t always stick to it! I did like the fact that Joel was very good at stressing the 80:20 rule. Be good 80% of the time! Too many things I have read recently talk about strict rules, and cutting out treats altogether. For some reason, this causes me to crave every treat going, it’s as if my body worries that it’ll never have another treat again!! I have tracked my food intake today, and I can’t say its perfect, but after the seminar, I can definitely say that I made some better choices.
The second seminar I attended was ‘Preparing for a Marathon’. This was a little more comical, as the 2 blokes delivering the sessions were not completely technology savvy! The information they gave was pretty basic and general, but helpful. I don’t suppose you can be too specific as every runner is different, and what works for one, won’t necessarily work for another! They did make me chuckle in the Q & A, when a gentleman asked about running at Marathon Pace during training, and how does he know what pace that is? (I have often wondered this) So they asked him what time he was aiming for. He replied saying it was his first marathon, so he had no idea. So they talked generally about how long runs are roughly a minute slowly that your marathon pace, but intervals will be a minute faster. All sounding ok…. well then one of the gentleman said, most people will be running a 5 hour marathon, so that means a 9 minute mile, yes a 9 – 8.30 minute mile. I looked around the room, to see the look on peoples face. There were a few of us, shaking our head, but he carried on and said ‘So run your Long Runs at about 10/10.30 min miles and intervals at 7 minute miles, hehe. Poor guy, if he hasn’t run much before and then tries to hit those times, he may feel marathon training is a lot tougher!!
Obviously, after leaving the running show, all I could think about was attempting a Long Run. After only completing 2 x 2 miles last week, I thought 30 minutes would be a sensible run. I mapped out my run, topped up my Garmin charge, wrapped up (It was cold) and headed out.
I followed the route I had planned feeling very comfortable, and very happy to be running. It started to rain, most people wouldn’t be so happy at this point, but I couldn’t help smiling – I love running in the rain. This hasn’t always been the case, I remember there would be a time when I wouldn’t head out for a run if it looked like it was going to rain! But once I saw this poster
and I considered how many days I would potentially miss running due to the weather, I now head out in all weather! Pretty predictable, but I got carried away, and my 30 minute running, turned into a 50 minutes! I did split it into 15 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 15 minutes running and then a combination of running walking the rest of the way home. I found the last mile tough going, but to be honest I am finding it really hard to know how much to do! This is when I really wished I had a coach!
So to top off my Runday, I spent last night booking more races, to get my through the training, and adding my training programme from Women’s Running Magazine to my calendar!
Which running schedules do you follow?