“Not another dull blog entry?” I hear people asking. Erm, I’m sorry to disappoint you all but this blog is number 2 in a series of 6 blogs hopefully documenting my return to 10k running.
I must confess to feeling slightly concerned about some of the running sessions in Week 2 of the training plan I’m following. Running for a couple of minutes was tricky, running for four minutes would be a real challenge.
Monday: 35 minutes (1 minute brisk walk followed by 4 minutes of jogging). Repeat 7 times
I.AM.SO.UNFIT!! I’m also not very good at running up hills and very good at talking myself out of running. I attempted this session on the roads of Four Oaks Estate at lunchtime. It was pretty humid, and after 15 minutes I started to feel really peaky. I suspect that the humidity and hunger weren’t a winning combination. I had to extend the length of the 6th walking break and was very lucky that the majority of the final 10 minutes were downhill.
Although I got home and drank two glasses of orange nuun, I still felt thirsty for the rest of the day. My calf muscles started to feel really tight after this training session.
Time 35 minutes: Distance 5.40 km Pace 06:26/km
Tuesday was meant to be a rest day… However, in an attempt to stretch out my calf muscles I headed out for a 2.5 mile walk at lunchtime. I also tried to torture myself on my foam roller. Stupid calf muscles. I need to find someone to give me a sports massage.
Wednesday: 35 minutes (1 minute brisk walk followed by 4 minutes of jogging). Repeat 7 times
Another frankly crap run. I tested out my new pair of Tribesports shorts and found that although the waist fitted perfectly, the built-in shorts were far too loose and rode up my thighs while I was running (does anyone else have this issue?). My calves were sore and I struggled with the Four Oaks hills. The negative thoughts about my ability to ever run a 10k filled my mind.
Why am I always so negative?
Time 35 minutes: Distance 5.35 km Pace 06:33/km
Thursday: Cross Training
I decided to replace the cross training with a good session on the foam roller. My arm muscles are so weak, I find it hard supporting my own body weight while so to me: using the foam roller = cross training(ish). Sorry my legs are so white, I’ve missed the summer.
Friday: 35 minutes (1 minute brisk walk followed by 4 minutes of jogging). Repeat 7 times
Friday was meant to be another 35 minute walk-run-walk session. Unfortunately my calf muscles were feeling very, very tight so I decided to amend my training plan. The aim of the game was to do Friday’s session on Saturday morning.
I was meant to be out of the door and running by 7am. A lack of sleep (I’m too old to survive on 3 hours’ sleep) combined with a dodgy stomach following a Friday night takeaway meant I delayed my 35 minute walk-run-walk session until Saturday evening. No more Chinese takeaways for me. Rubbish food in = Rubbish training.
I eventually headed out of the door in the evening. I must have looked quite entertaining with my bright pink compression socks and trainers. I don’t care what I looked like as the socks really helped my calves. I must remember to use BodyGlide as I now have a really sore right armpit (sorry if I’m adding too much information).
Time 35 minutes: Distance 5.54 km Pace 06:19/km
Sunday: Cross Training
You guessed it. Today has involved more fun with my foam roller and with The Stick. Does anyone else find torturing themself really difficult or am I just a massive wimp?
Highlights of Week 2:
- Being brave (sensible) enough to amend my training plan. In previous years I would have attempted to run though calf niggles.
- The fact that my right foot hasn’t fallen apart (although it is niggly).
- Being sent some ace compression socks to test out (thanks CEP).
- Hopefully resolving the issue with my trainers (thanks Brooks).
- Not stopping after 15 minutes on Monday, I really wanted to.
Lessons Learned From Week 2:
- Don’t overestimate my own ability (again)!
- Don’t be afraid to adapt training plans.
- Be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- Drink more before running.
- Try to avoid running during the warmest part of the day!
Week 3 looks really challenging!
Does anyone know any good stretches for calf muscles? Bearing in mind I have the worlds longest legs and haven’t been able to touch my toes since I did ballet aged 6. I guess I need to work on my flexibility!