Thursday, 17 September 2009

Starting at the Gym


I recently got a very good deal on off peak gym membership, and have been going two or 3 times a week and doing 30 - 40 mins on treadmill - then 10 mins on stationary bike and sit ups...

I have been finding the treadmill more difficult than outdoors running though... I don't know if it's because there is more interest outdoors or more friendly people walking past that makes me want to push myslef, but is the treadmill actually BORING?

I am only planning my short runs on the treadmill - but as mileage increases that will still be a distance...

I am thinking of doing a medium long run on a monday in the future - so say 4.5 miles mon, rest tue and thurs and sun, 2.5 miles on treadmill + xt on wed and fri and 7 miles sat long run - but this would all vary apart from keeping the wed and fri workouts pretty constant and not going up all that much on the treadmill running... but i guess it has to stay proportionate so it will go up eventually i hope

Anyway - I don't hate running on the treadmill, it's just harder to fill my head, and actually to get much constant speed up - It's in km per hour - and i'm used to min mile pace - and It seems to be more difficult to push and keep pushing - i have been walking for a few seconds then screaming NO to myself and turning the speed up... lol

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

New Training Schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have taken my old training schedule and called it 'New Garmin - Jurassic Coast 10k' and stuck it back on the fridge.

It is complete. I will look at it sometimes. It was my 2x 10 k / 6.42 mile race training for over the summer and the November Barnes Green Half Marathon is off!!!!

My new training schedule is a lot more sensible.... I have made 2... one takes me up to a 10 miler on 3rd Jan and one takes me up to the Half Marathon in Reading on 21st March!!!!

I have only filled in the bare bones - the next few weeks of getting back on track with my injury - (now healed?) and the long runs and weekly totals - when I am back on track I am going to increase by .5 of a mile a week overall for 3 weeks, then have a .75 week, then back to week 3... so ie 15, 15.5, 16, 12, 16, etc etc. so very slow increases...

I think the 10 miler will be my first 10 mile run actually - and then I plan on sticking to 10 mile runs after the rest after the race - for a long time - unless I feel really really good and it's still a long way to go before the half marathon taper.

This will top out my Half Marathon training at roughly 10 miles, but i will cover several 10 mile runs and hope to be really ready for the distance anyway.

I will be VERY close to a 20 mile week by the Reading Half Marathon and will then do the suggested Maintenance of 20 mile weeks for Building A Base for Marathon training so that takes me up to October next year....

Sounds Achievable

I also joined a gym so will be cross training twice a week after voluntary work at the donkey sanctuary cos it's near there.