I’m pretty certain that May only lasted a week. Time really does fly
when you’re having fun when you get older. Regular readers of my blog (thank you so much) know that I like to produce a summary of my training at the end of each month. I also share some of my personal experiences as a small and not very successful influential running blogger.
What worked well? What (if there were any) were my running related achievements? What would I do differently given the opportunity? I then like to look ahead to the new month.
Recovering after the marathon
A week after the London Marathon, I was back outside pounding the pavements of Four Oaks. It was my birthday so I needed to run. I was fully recovered and it felt great to be running. Not having to follow a training plan was great and I focused on running shorter distances. On May 15th I completed the Hill West 10k, yet another challenging event in Sutton Park. I had originally aimed to complete the 10k without walking. Unfortunately, I was beaten by some
evil hills. I’m still searching for a sub-60 minute 10k.
According to my Strava stats #StravaWanker during May I completed 12 runs covering an approximate distance of 66 km. It was great to get some sort of consistency back. I didn’t make it to my local parkrun. A sub-25 5k remains another target.
I just got excited for a second. I thought that I’d managed to avoid spending any money on my running addiction during May. I then remembered that I entered the 2017 Market Drayton 10k (£17). The race sold out in less than 24 hours. Impressive!
Last month was positive, this month was not so positive. When I read posts on Farcebook, I sometimes feel I’m the only blogger who doesn’t receive invites to events and products to review. This doesn’t do much for my already low self-esteem. Then I remember that there is more to blogging than free stuff and I stop worrying. Comparison really is the thief of joy… Some of my blog posts can’t be that rubbish as I’ve had a couple of brands asking if they can publish my waffle.
Looking forward to June
On Sunday I get to pretend that I’m an elite runner in the Great Midlands Fun Run. I’m hoping to improve on last year’s terrible performance. I’ve entered a couple of 10k events in June, so I might finally get a sub-60 minute 10k. I seem to say this every month, but I would also love to make it to parkrun. Hopefully my friend will be slightly more reliable in June…
I want to continue to combine running 3-4 times a week with cross training. The Dirty Dozen Oiselle core routine is really, really challenging but very effective. Finally, I want to improve my diet and eating habits. I weighed myself this morning and didn’t like what I saw (76.4 kg).
I love the summer because I get to look like a beetroot and wear my running skirts.
Here’s to a positive June.
Do you have any races planned for June?