Good afternoon folks!
Today I am not going to weigh in. Dundunduuunnn…
What I am going to write about, however, is my impending Race For Life 5k. Long-time readers may remember my running posts from last year, but to refresh, I did Race for Life 5k and Pretty Muddy 5k in 2014. This year, I have signed up for the Race for Life 5k again.
Location: Battersea Park, London
Date: June 10th
Fundraising page here!
7 weeks from today! Eep!
Last year I was following the C25K programme, and I got bored of it after 5 weeks or so…typical me really. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to doing it again, so I was thinking about training myself with distance goals, and increasing how much of it I jog. Having said that, I have been out running once in the 2 weeks since I signed up…#motivationfail
I recently happened across Too Fat to Run’s Five Weeks to 5k programme…which sounded impossible to me to begin with…but after taking a look at the programme it looks doable! Alongside this, I am also considering getting the ‘Zombies, Run!‘ app to make running fun, and motivate me to get outside.
I’m looking forward to this…kind of!!
Happy Monday everyone.
Tonight was hard, I didn’t really want to do it, but I dragged myself out as I knew I hadn’t been in a week…There were 6 of us doing the 5k, two ladies (Ms. E and Ms. C) ran the whole way because they’re amazing, and the rest of us were just trying to survive the route. Ms. T was acting as our trainer, and she pushed and motivated us to keep running. I found this really helpful because I was feeling so unmotivated! I’m quite certain that I ran more of the 5k than I ever have before…Eeevverrrr.
Big thank you to Ms. T for pushing me through it.
Here’s the stats:
Total Time: 51:43
Moving Time: 49:56
Average Pace: 8:54/km
I feel good after doing this, I feel like I achieved something! Though I’m quite certain that tomorrow morning I’ll be feeling the ache. Lots of protein tomorrow I think…
Had issues with my ankles again today, methinks I need better trainers. except I can’t really afford them…so I doubt that will be happening any time soon.
Goals for the next run
- Stay motivated
- warm up ankles
- keep going
Last night I turned up for my first session with the Medway Runners. I went there straight from work, and when I left work I was a bundle of nerves and shaking hands. Meeting new people is scary!
I turned up at the meeting point and immediatly spotted the group in their lime green team colours. There was about twenty of them! I sucked up my courage and marched myself over and introduced myself. It helped that I had been active on the facebook group and had spoken to a couple of people through that, so when some people told me their names I had a vague idea of who they were. The beginners group (my group) were discussing the distance we were going to be doing – 2 miles along a mostly flat road. Though this soon changed to doing 5k (3 miles) much to the groups horror.
We set off along the route, and after some discussion it was decided we would do 4k instead of 5k (Yaay). The longer distance runners turned off to do a longer route after 1 mile, and the beginners group continued on the 4k route. On we went.
I pushed myself in the first running stint, and had to walk at 0.8km. I didn’t mind too much because I wasn’t the only one run/walking.
I found running with people helped me to pace myself and push myself a bit more. Though I do also think that I could have pushed myself to run for longer on the way back to the meeting point – I was middle of the pack on this run and ended up alone between the front runners and the rest of the group which is where I think I didn’t do as well. A bit of a revelation after running on and off on my own for 2 years!
Getting back to the meeting point felt great. I was buzzing from the run and everyone had made me feel really welcome.
I also tried out a new app on this run – Strava. It’s a free app and it does my splits! I was surprised at how quickly I did each kilometer, but I’m looking forward to shaving time off them!
Total Distance: 3.9km / 2.49 miles
Total Time: 39:45
Moving Time: 35:29
Average Speed: 9:04/km
Next group run is on Thursday, I think I’ll definitely be going back!