I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I’m quite nosey and can’t wait to read about what you all got up to, so please get blogging. After I successfully navigated my way through the first week of my beginners’ half marathon training plan, I was hoping for a niggle-free second week of training.I’m so injury-prone, I’ve got quite obsessive over warming-up before and cooling-down after each training run. I’ve actually spent more time warming-up and attempting to cool-down – challenging in the warmer weather – than I have actually running.
The second week of my training plan is described as ‘getting started 2’and comprised of a 10 minute jog on Tuesday, a 15 minute jog on Thursday and a slightly longer 15-20 minute jog on Sunday. Here are my thoughts on the second week of half marathon training.
Monday – Rest
After spending over two hours searching for and failing to find any hydrologist jobs, I spent most of Monday feeling rather depressed. I’ll be totally honest with you all; the interview last week went so well I thought I’d be offered the job. The person interviewing me discussed my potential salary, holiday entitlement and other perks, so receiving another ‘thanks but no thanks’ phone call came as quite a shock and knocked my confidence.
Following a not very productive morning, I spent the afternoon packaging up my latest pile of FleaBay sales and setting myself a timetable and some targets for the week. I also made myself head out for a short walk around Four Oaks.
Tuesday – 10 mins jog
Although my daily job search was fruitless, Tuesday morning was reasonably productive. I caused a queue at the local Post Office and remembered to drop my pill prescription off at Boots. I was so busy replying to blog related emails, I completely lost track of the time and didn’t get ready for my run until 13:00. I worked my way through my PF exercises and stretches, knocked back some water and stepped outside.
When did it get so hot!?
I’m so unfit at the moment I found jogging for 10 minutes quite challenging. I managed to cover exactly a mile in 10 minutes, probably slightly too speedy for a ‘jog’ but a good start to the second week of training. I got home, worked my way through some more stretches, iced my foot and then proceeded to do a great impression of ‘Barry the Beetroot’ for well over an hour. Awesome!
Wednesday – Rest
With the exception of a short walk to my local Sainsbury’s, I actually followed the training plan and did no exercise. I spent the majority of the day watching England beat South Africa in the Women’s Cricket World Cup. In the evening, I found myself reading other blogs and feeling slightly jealous. I can’t wait to find a job, spending all day on my own definitely isn’t doing my mental health any favours.
Thursday – 15 mins jog
After nearly melting on Tuesday, I decided it would be sensible to run first thing in the morning before it got too hot. My alarm went off at 05:30, I reached out, switched it off and immediately went back to sleep. An early morning run fail! After spending most of the day struggling to concentrate due the heat – my office is tiny and felt like a sauna – I finally headed out for a 15 minute run in the evening. It took me approximately 30 seconds to realise that it was still boiling hot and humid, never a winning combination for an unfit runner. Looking back, I’ve no idea how I managed to run for 15 minutes without stopping but I did. I spent the rest of the evening trying to cool down.
Friday – Rest
When I got out of bed, I was over the moon to discover that my fragile right foot was pain-free less than 12 hours after I’d completed a 15 minute run. I wasn’t quite as thrilled when I discovered the Great Birmingham Run was only 100 days away. I found running for 20 minutes so challenging, I seriously questioned whether I’d be able to run a half marathon in 100 days time. The rest of Friday was uneventful but productive. While most people probably made the most of the sunshine and headed out for a few beers, I spent the evening watching Wimbledon.
Saturday – Rest
While most sensible runners were at parkrun, I was tackling my mountain of ironing. Fortunately, my Saturday did improve. As part of ‘operation move’ I spent the morning sorting through some more of the junk in the loft. I was quite shocked to discover two Garmin Forerunner GPS watches, three Nike running watches and a couple of iPods. I had no idea that I’d wasted so much money on running accessories in the past. Definitely a case of all the kit still shit!In the afternoon, I headed across Birmingham to the University to collect a couple of books. While I was at the university I managed to track down my first three Big Sleuth bears, only another 97 bears to find. In the evening I met up with my friend Kate for a couple of beers. After last week’s drunken race entry shenanigans I made sure that stopped drinking after two pints.
Sunday – 15-20 mins jog
After struggling in the heat and humidity on Thursday, I set my alarm for 05:30 as I wanted to be warmed-up and ready to run by 06:00. For some reason I found the 20 minute run far more challenging this time, so much for progress and getting fitter. Rather worryingly, even after spending 30 minutes working through my PF stretches, my right heel felt quite niggly for the first five minutes of my run. Walking three miles in flat shoes the previous evening had clearly made my PF flare up a little.
I returned from my run, knocked back a pint of water and soaked my feet in a bowl of cold water. I had a shower and returned to bed for a couple of hours. I then spent the majority of the day watching England finally beat Australia in a Women’s Cricket World Cup match, and listing more bits and pieces on FleaBay.
So that’s the second week of half marathon training more or less successfully completed, only another 14 weeks to go. Apologies for the rather gloomy post, hopefully I’ll feel more positive next week. I’ve looked at the training schedule for next week – the start of the ‘building’ phase – and the training runs appear to be exactly the same. I’ve got everything crossed that the niggle in my left foot doesn’t turn out to be another stress fracture.
- Runs: 6
- Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Distance: 8.13 miles
- Right heel: 4/10
- Right knee: 1/10
- Left foot: 3/10
Do you think it’s more important to warm-up before or to cool-down after a run? I’ve heard so many conflicting opinions over the years, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Would you get involved in The Big Sleuth bear hunt if you lived in Birmingham? My friend Kate was horrified when I showed her my bear photos!