A review and a new plan

I said in a previous post that I was training using the Nike+ Running app.

Based on the reading I’ve done, and my experience using the beginner coaching program I would NOT recommend it!

As a beginner, or someone who hasn’t exercised in a while, your cardio-respiratory system is restricted. If you rush into anaerobic training, it’s bad for your heart, simple as that.

The Nike program does exactly this, it says it introduces you to a variety of different styles, but in my opinion (and experience), it’s too much too soon.

It is far wiser, to build up your fitness slowly and once you are fit aerobically, then start more intense training.

Currently I’m reading Jogging with Lydiard, the 2nd or 3rd book I’ve read by Arthur Lydiard. He was way ahead of his time in the techniques he taught, and Murray Halberg and Peter Snell are examples of his brilliance.

I look forward to sharing my insights from his book and starting my new training regime.

‘Til next time!

Goals

A goal without a plan is just a wish. 

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is all good and well to have a goal to get back into running this year, but I knew that was never going to happen unless I made a plan (and then stuck to it!)

I had a coffee date the other week with a fellow mum from Miss K’s school. We talked a bit about how being at home all the time (she works from home) can make it difficult to get out there and make exercise happen.

We set a weekly walking date which has been great, and was really the kick up the backside I needed to finally make that running plan 🏃:)🏃

I’ve decided to use the Nike+ Run Club app’s My Coach function. The Get Started plan is 5 weeks long and designed for first timers, or someone who’s been out of the game a while…..

Wish me luck!!

About to do my first run of the year; Rotary Walkway Sunday 19 February.

One Step At A Time

Went for a run today… kinda.

I was walking home from daycare this morning, after dropping the toddler off, and I had this urge to run.

It was surprising, as I haven’t wanted to run in a long time. Feeling silly running, while pushing an empty bicycle 😂 I ran for a couple of minutes. 

Now that was all I could manage, as I’m ridiculously unfit at present. Once recovered from the first run, I ran again, and repeated this until I got home.

I wasn’t fast, I wasn’t graceful or even athletic, but I did it! Not only that, but I could totally do it again! 😉

Baby steps!

Finally using them for their intended purpose!!

Water: hype and fact

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and found a link to an article called, 12 Months To A Better You.

It referenced a study, done at the University of London, which found it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit. Basically, you focus on one healthy habit each month. Making 12 small changes so by the end of the year, you are doing more healthy things than you did the year before.

January was all about the H2O! 

I don’t drink “enough” water because I just don’t enjoy it. I drink tea, 💜☕💜☕ pots and pots of tea!

Drinking water is generally the number one recommended thing to do to be more healthy. Why is this??

Water is pretty important for a variety of reasons. 

  • Keeps our joints lubricated & spinal cord protected
  • Ensures our cells and organs function properly
  • Regulates our body temperature
  • Aids digestion by helping food travel through our intestines

All my adult life I have heard that drinking water is the most important thing. Don’t even think about counting the other liquids you consume; no, no, no, we are water snobs and water is it!

This never sat right with me, I mean: there’s water in my tea; in the milk in my cereal; in the nectarine I ate for afternoon tea & in the vegetables in my dinner! Why doesn’t any of this count?

Well it does according to numerous articles I read! I even discovered that the diuretic properties of tea and coffee hasn’t been proven to be as bad as we’ve been lead to believe! In this paper/review it even states that if you drink tea and coffee often, your body builds a tolerance to it and there’s virtually no diuretic effect at all! 

Nevertheless in spite of all I read about all liquids being equal and good for me (provided they weren’t high in sugar or alcohol) – I do think water is probably better.

Don’t buy into the 8 glasses of water a day line though. The general rule of thumb is for woman to drink about 2.2 and men 3 litres (of fluid) a day. If excercing, you should drink before, during (every 10-20 minutes) and after. 

I think the best advice is to listen to your body. If you are thirsty, water is going to quench that thirst so much better than anything else. Otherwise, enjoy your tea guilt free – I know I will!

Commitment

There’s quite a difference between commiting to something whilst you are passionate about it, and commiting long term.

When I first started running, it was a means to an end!  It became a passion 💜 then a habit, then it was hard & then I stopped.

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m lazyclose enough is good enough is my motto! 😂

However, that doesn’t work with running. That laziness is just sitting there like a Python looking for a weak moment to strike and become an excuse.

As I mentioned in my last post, Autumn/Winter was my undoing!! I found it hard to be passionate about running when I had to sacrifice so much to do it. 

I thought Spring was going to be it! My saviour, my path back to running. Unfortunately my heart was no longer in it. Running had become hard work, and all my trying would last a week, maybe two, and then the excuses came back.

 😬😠😬

I got an email November/December last year saying my website hosting was going to expire. I saw this as a sign (I don’t believe in signs…) that I should cancel the website and give up!

Lazy strikes again!!

Christmas came (and went), summer holidays began (and ended), Miss I went back to daycare and hubby back to work and the running/blog was forgotten.

Today (Sunday) I got an email that my website hosting has been renewed for another year. 

Crap! 

So here I am: lazy; unfit; a bigger number on the scales & a smaller number in my bank account…

Where to now?

Here I am, with a running website paid for, for another year & I haven’t run in months! 

😱🏃😂

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with the blog this year. My running journal wasn’t very inspiring, so perhaps I will go down the blogger route?

And yes, running is on the cards too… 

Miss K is still on school holidays, but will be back at school at the end of the month. As I don’t want to run with an 8 year old in tow I’ve got until then to make a plan.

Fitness first however: back to walking everywhere (I really have embraced the lazy over the last few months). I need to recharge that Fitbit & work back up to 10,000 steps a day!! Restarting the daily walks to and from daycare should help with that!!

Right now, however, time to get back to my glass of wine on this gorgeous Summer evening!

🌞🍷 Cheers🍷🌞

Watch this space

Omg guys! I think it has been about 300, 000 days or something since I posted last… 😂😂

It’s been a long hard winter, found it very difficult to find the motivation for running. Then life got complicated… Little Miss I started daycare (social stimulation is important guys!), and we’ve had one sickness after another, after another, after another – you get the picture right? I had forgotten how hard that first daycare winter can be.

Anyway, I’m running again 😱

I know right!! SHOCKING!

I didn’t want to post until I knew for sure, as there have been a few false starts this month.

So watch this space, some proper posts coming! First up is my training plan with Nike+. Their app has been updated so I’m test driving the new coaching feature.

Talk soon.

💜🏃💜

My Journal – Day 73

Day 73: – 5 April 2016 (Aerobic run 45/75 minutes)

Hello there, it’s been 2.5 weeks since my last run (and last blog post). Life got a bit crazy for a while, and I couldn’t work out a way to include any running.

Daylight savings ended this weekend, and that has put a real spanner in the works! Autumn and Winter running is going to be a very big challenge. Here I thought the cold and rain was going to be my biggest problem, but so far it’s the light – or lack of it!

It is so dark both in the mornings and evenings. As I run a minimum of 45 minutes, running before ‘T’ leaves for work requires a 5am wake up. Now I am FAR from a morning person, so this just doesn’t work for me. Running in the evenings, after dinner is no longer an option as it is dark while we are eating. Finding a time to run is a current work in progress, so don’t panic if there aren’t many posts as I make this transition.

Now for the actual running…

I chose not to ‘take it easy’ for this first run back. I was scheduled for a 10km, so that is what I did. I only managed to run 5km, and then had to alternate running and walking as my groin was super tight and painful. The pain was only while running, not walking, so it was frustrating! I was running at an excellent pace before having to stop though, which is good to see that my fitness hasn’t suffered, even though my muscles did!

Time:       1:14:53
Distance:  10.02 km (6.22 miles)
Pace:        7’28″/km (12’00″/mile)
Shoes:      Brooks Ravenna
Route:      Glenmore Road/Rotary Walkway/Pakuranga Road

My Journal – Day 58

Day 58: – 21 March 2016 (Easy Fartlek 30-45 minutes)

Second fartlek attempt, and it went much better than last week. As I am quite a control freak, I need to do fartleks in a more measurable way (probably not how it is intended to be….)

As previously mentioned, I am running from street lamp to street lamp. This is awesome as it’s totally measurable, and I will be able to see improvement easily – being able to run the full distance without getting puffed at the end. Once I am at this point, I will work towards running two street lamp distances in a row. Perhaps the fitter I get the less control I will feel I need over this?

As my route has lots of hills in it, I did sprinting on the flat and striding on the down hill sections.

Got home knackered, but felt great about my achievements. Pace is improving little by little too, which is nice as not much running got done last week….

Time:       30:06 minutes
Distance:  4.45 km (2.76 miles)
Pace:        6’45″/km (10’51″/mile)
Shoes:      Brooks Ravenna
Route:      Cascades Road

My Journal – Day 55

Day 55: – 18 March 2016 (Relaxed Striding 150 meters 4-6 times)

New terminology time!!

Striding: This is running a short distance, paying special attention to your technique. Good technique involves running with upright posture; relaxed in your arms and shoulders; & lifting the knees with a high cadence, rather than long stretched strides.

The ideal way to do striding, is to run 100-200m focusing 100% on the above, and then jogging slowly for 300m or so afterwards to recover, before repeating again.

I enjoyed doing this part of the training. Was very nice to mix it up and only do a short workout. My average pace while striding was 6’35″/km which I feel is great, but definitely has room for improvement.