I’ve been super excited to start my training plan and one week in all seems to be going well. I managed to stick to the plan pretty well aside from a few extra miles here and there 😉
This week’s plan was three runs totalling 16.5 miles plus a hill training session, not too big an increase in mileage from what I have done previously. Generally, all the runs went pretty well, the best one being today’s 7.5 miles. I had planned to do an early run with some other members of the club this morning but a bought of insomnia and around four hours sleep meant I decided to get a few extra z’s and head out by myself this afternoon.
I don’t normally run with music, usually because I’m chatting or I like to be able to hear the traffic or anyone creeping up behind me (!), plus I find cables really annoying, but as today was a bit of a longer run I thought I’d try out the wireless headphones I got a while ago. To try and distract me from the running, I created a playlist of random songs that I love to sing along to and it seemed to work really well! I ran with a smile on my face for a big portion of the run, I didn’t look at my Garmin and just enjoyed the music. The 7.5 miles went pretty quickly and I managed to maintain a pretty good pace.
As I mentioned last week, along with the training plan, the other thing I’ve been trialling this week is Headspace, a mindfulness app, kind of like a guided meditation. There are some good theories on how you can apply the process of mindfulness to running that I found really interesting (there’s a good article on The Huffington Post). I must admit, with the increase running, I have found it difficult to find the time to do it. I know that it’s possible but I think this last week I was so focussed on the training plan and got a little distracted. I will make more of an effort to do it this week as it’s something I’m really interested in.
Whilst it hasn’t effected my running as such, I have suffered this week with very sore, tight calves. I tried some yoga which actually seemed to aggravate them more than loosen them. So I posted in my favourite running group on facebook, Running the World to ask for some tips and advice from other runners and got lots of good tips to try, one being a foam roller. Today I ordered this beast and will look forward to torturing myself with it when it arrives.
And after much deliberation, I decided this week to take the opportunity to raise some money for charity this year by deciding to run my first half marathon in May for The British Heart Foundation. I set up my Just Giving page on Friday and within a couple of hours, I’d had 9 sponsors getting me to 15% of my £500 target! I really was overwhelmed by the support 🙂 If you want to check it out and donate to this very worthy charity, you can find my page at https://www.justgiving.com/Debbie-Roff.
2015 mileage to date: 102.96
Miles to go to hit target: 597.04