This week sees an important milestone in my running journey. I will be embarking on my first proper training plan since completing couch to 5k last year. The goal of the training plan is to get me to half marathon distance in 12 weeks time with a target time of under 2 hours 15 mins.
I’ve been feeling everything from excitement to self doubt in the lead up to it. Touch wood, I’ve been injury free since September but I am nervous about increasing the miles and pushing myself, but I am super curious about what I can push my body to achieve.
I am quite hard on myself, I take bad runs badly so a big part of getting through the next 12 weeks will be dealing with the psychological challenges as well as the physical ones. With that in mind, I recently downloaded the Headspace app. It was recommended to me by a work colleague after a conversation we had as I had been reading lots about mindfulness and its benefits. There was also a great letter in Running Fitness magazine last month about how you can apply the theories of mindfulness to race days by mentally accepting things that may not be going quite to plan (such as pain) and how to train the mind to deal with it.
So here goes 🙂 I have all the tools I need to do this so nothing is stopping me! I’m sure it’s going to be a bumpy journey along the way but here’s hoping I come out the other side with a huge sense of achievement, a few lessons learnt and some nice shiny bling 🙂
Races booked so far this year (target is 12): MK festival of running 10k, Leighton Buzzard 10k, Flitwick 10k, MK Half Marathon, BUPA London 10k, Whipsnade Stampede & Royal Parks Half Marathon.
2015 mileage to date: 80.63
Miles to go to hit target: 619.37