More thinking, less running

More thinking, less running

Weekly Round Up

This week was definitely a case of doing more thinking about running than actual running.

Unfortunately I had a bit of a stomach bug at the beginning of the week. I’m usually quite immune to such things and am hardly ever ill. Thankfully it didn’t last long and I was feeling fine and dandy by Thursday when I decided I would have a short run in the fresh air.

Bad idea.

As soon as I started running my legs felt heavy and weak, I got cramp not long after and really struggled to keep moving. So I did the sensible thing and stopped after only 1.3 miles. I now know that if I’m ill again in the future I need to give myself an extra day or two before I go for a run.

I did manage to make it to parkrun though, even though I woke up late and didn’t have time to eat anything before heading out. Very glad I went and I even bumped into a neighbour who I’d not seen at parkrun before. Not my fastest at 28 minutes 57 seconds, but still pleased to have got round without cramp.

However, this week was mainly about Running Plans. I realised it’s only 10 weeks until the 10k I am doing with my mum. She has lost a bit of motivation over the winter so I suggested I write up a 10k running plan for her which will hopefully get her back into the swing of things and help her beat her PB.

So I spent some time looking through my copies of Women’s Running, looking at the Running Bug plans and getting inspiration from various blogs. At the end I’ve come up with a plan that incorporates some cross training (swimming and Pilates), some interval runs and hopefully will be challenging enough without causing injury.

This is the first time I’ve worked out a plan for someone else, so I hope I’ve got the balance right and I’ll be able to report a new PB in June!

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