I am notoriously deadline driven. If there isn’t a target or date hanging over my head, chances are I’ll opt to do nothing. This is true in all walks of my life (sorry work), but even more so of my running. Without a race looming as a goal, I just can’t seem to motivate myself to maintain a regular running schedule. So with this in mind, and with the prospect of serious over-indulgence at xmas ahead, I decided to enter the Serpentine NYD 10k.
WHICH IS TOMORROW!
OK, so training has been patchy, the eating has been plentiful and the weather is going to be atrocious, but I’m planning to start the year as I mean to go on. If the time is slow, then that just gives me more of a target to hit!
I’m also using it to kick off Janathon 2014. This is the first time I’ve entered this and essentially the aim is to exercise every day in January – I did think about running every day, but I really need to get back in the saddle on my weights/resistance training too, so I’ll be following a weekly plan of five days running/two days resistance. I’ve found an achievable looking plan in this month’s Runner’s World magazine, which is aimed at improving speed. Bonus! (I can’t find the plan online unfortunately, but if you are interested it’s on page 57 of the Feb 2014 issue). It’s an 8-week plan, so will take me past Janathon, but the thing to do will be to find a 10k at the end of it and see how much I have improved. I must warn you, I hate interval training so expect a lot of moaning…
Wish me luck and check back for my first Janathon post tomorrow!
In March 2011 my Dad was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Driven by a desire to something practical (if not actually helpful), I decided to raise money for cancer research and entered my first 5k Race for Life, which I ran and completed in May of that year. Following the Coach to 5k programme I discovered that I quite liked this running thing. Later that year I ran my first 10k; in 2012 I ran four more 10k races; in 2013 I completed my first half marathon.
My journey so far has been about slow improvement and steady building up distance. It’s time to get a bit faster though! My goal isn’t earth-shattering (I don’t think Paula needs to look over her shoulder quite yet) – essentially I am aiming to improve on all my 2013 times, with two main targets: a sub-60 min 10k and beat my half time of 2:20.
This blog is going to be my way of logging every run and work out to track my way to success!