I ran a 10K!!!
I was going to lead up to that with some sort of suspense building preamble… apparently I am excited about it and I blurted it out just like that!
A couple of months ago, when it seemed very far off in both time and running ability, I entered the Thruxton 10k race. It seemed like a good idea at the time, it was a race around a race circuit. By which I mean a car/motorbike racing circuit which we were running around. Not at the same time as cars or bikes…that would be tricky…
It is a little race track (says she who doesn’t really know how long a race track normally is…) but 10k was 2 laps plus a bit so it seems little to me.
Well…it didn’t at the time at the time it seemed long, and possibly never ending… twice… which makes no sense. but I was running, no sense is the best sense you are going to get when I am running.
Anyway…this 10k was around a race track (as I may have mentioned) it was also superhero themed and really small!
Superhero themes I can deal with…I practically live my life superhero themed after all 😀
The small was harder to cope with… by small I mean it was a small field. No, not in a small field it was on a race track we have established this…there were not many runners. The problem with races with not many runners is there is nowhere to hide races like that with not many people in are normally entered by people who are certain of their running abilities. You don’t get the plethora of walkers, hobblers and people generally trying their best who are not all that quick. This made the whole thing particularly terrifying to me in my capacity as a slow ploddy run walk interval person… however realising that as I arrived at the race track made it far too late to do anything but plod along around the course and hope for the best…
and you know what it was actually ok! I was slow but I followed my interval plan and just kept going! I was on my own most of the way, everyone else disappearing into the distance rapidly.
Well on my own until people reappeared and lapped me… weirdly this didn’t bother me. I expected to hate it and be a crying mess when people went past and finished and I had to carry on but I wasn’t. The people passing me gave me thumbs up and said encouraging things and what is even more strange is I didn’t feel patronised!!
So I just carried on and I did the 10K 😁
And I wasn’t last! There were at least 3 people behind me and it is amazing how motivating the desire not to be last can be 😁
This race was an extremely positive experience! I fully expected to hate it but I didn’t at all! I wasn’t expecting great things as I hadn’t run 10K since 2015 but it ended up being the second quickest 10K I have ever done! I wasn’t last and I didn’t die and more than that it is the first time ever (possibly second) I came out of a race feeling proud of myself!!
Proud of my friend Susie too who won the women’s race and her daughter who won the under 20s class! Blooming awesome I say!!
Do you remember the time I knew a girl from mars…
Ok…that wasn’t what I meant to say, but I can’t start a sentence “Do you remember…” without saying that afterwards. I can make it relevant though I promise.
Tuesday is named for Tyr Norse God of war, Tyrsday became Tuesday. In the Roman pantheon the god of war was Mars…therefor Girl from Mars is an excellent song for a Tuesday! Actually it is an excellent song for any day so here it is:
My Tuesday, however contained no war. It contained one gym trip for a PT session, so that was good for a start. After the obligatory warm up I got to do sled pushes (no pulls just pushes yeay!) in a superset with single dumbbell farmers carries. Using a dumbbell on only one side held engage the core, just in case you were wondering 😀
This was followed by another superset containing single arm cable rows and straight arm cable pulldowns. Straight arm cable anythings are harder then you might think!
This was all followed by rowing sprints, sprints of 15s and 45s although I maintain that 45s is not really a sprint. I grumbled a bit, but at least it wasn’t a treadmill 😀
not a bad way to start a tuesday really 🙂
Then came lunchtime. Then came running! Yes, more running. It was a reasonably nice lunchtime and I was feeling optimistic so I put on my shiny new shoes and headed out of the door 🙂
It was not a bad run all in all! I had a lot more continuous running at the start and much shorter walk breaks later… I feel like I am improving slowly but surely 😁😁
Day 99 done 😁
Well…not only running, but there is a high proportion of running. To be exact 5/10 workouts from the last 7 days have been running. I suppose in reality that isn’t a high proportion, is just 50% but it is a lot for me…
However, 3 runs in 3 days on top of the last two days running…do I sense a habit forming? Well, maybe. I decided to try a thing:
It looks like a motivational meme but it isn’t really… I am not a fan of the motivational meme in general. This one is words on a picture which in some peoples books is a motivational meme…but it does make sense unlike some of them. So, in order to get better at running, I am trying out running more.
Day 91: Monday
On Monday I ran in my lucnchbreak. This is too short a time to run any real distance but is the ideal time to work on continuous running and lessening my walk breaks…
I think I am improving… mondays run time was definitely more consistent so maybe the system works!
Day 92: Tuesday
Tuesday started as Tuesdays do with a PT session 🙂 and the PT session was filled (at least partially) with bench presses 🙂 40kg 5 x 5 😀
There was also some TRX fun and trreadmill hill climb walks… yes that’s right…I went on a treadmill again…I am not sure why I allowed it O_O
Lunchtime featured a run…in keeping with my run more to get better policy 🙂 It was the same run as monday. and it was both better and the same… I was a teeeeeeny bit slower, but I felt a bit better while doing it.
Day 93: Wednesday
In all honesty Wednesday contained one activity too many. I started in the gym as normal with a fun mixture of sled pushes, deadlifts, rows lat pull downs followed by lovely heavy rack pulls 😀 I love a 100kg rack pull to start a morning 😀
Lunchtime featured a run (you may. E sensing a pattern) it was the same route only harder work…possibly because of lifting all the heavy things possibly because I was running for the fifth day in a row and that is new to me!!
Still, training on tired legs is a thing!
Then… later that day there was dancing! Which did me in a little!!
Day 94: Thursday
Thursday was a rest(ish) day…I decided that I needed it!! I did some walking around at lunchtime but that is about it! I decided that recovery was a valid part of training…plus my legs hurt!
Day 95: Friday
The beginning of Friday involved waiting…and sitting…I was stood up by my gym buddy O_O it is ok though, It is early morning and it was only a matter of time before one of us overslept 😀
It did mean that I had a shorter than expected time in the gym mind you…
I made the most of it with supersets. Supersets involving heavy squats and deficit deadlifts. Short but effective 🙂
Later on Friday I tested the limits of running on the Downs link in the evening. the results of this are that much after 6:30 and it is too dark for my imagination! However, I did push my distance to 5km, and try out my lovely new non foot squashy running shoes 😀
Look lovely new running shoes! all blue and the right size! In reality they are both in focus too 😀
Day 96: Saturday
on saturday I was supposed to go for a run…but I procrastinated and then it was too late. So I did some Insanity.
The workout Insanity…not being insane, just in case you wondered. Ireally want to work my way through the insanity program again but am struggling to find time to fit it in every day at the moment. I know this sounds like an excuse but some days I already exercise morning noon and evening. However I will find ways to fit it in as often as possible, because if there is one thing that this reminded me it is that the Insanity Program is awesome and really hard!!
Day 97: Sunday
Guess what I did on Sunday…
Yes, thats right I played around with photos and tried to get my photography website looking more complete.
Oh and I ran too 😀
I didn’t really want to to be honest! It was rainy and I had procrastinated for quite a long time. I was quite keen on the idea of staying at home and doing to thing else. But I put on my shiny (muddy) new running shoes and went to the downs link path. The first km was ok, then the 2nd km was me fighting with my brain which was telling me that turning round at 1.5km was perfectly acceptable and 3km was better than nothing. I managed to make it stop that and turned around at 2.4km so my total run was 5km 😀 (i did have to run around the car park to get it to 5km but it was!!) I am pleased, despite the brain arguments, I did slightly longer run intervals than friday and ended up with a faster time. Even more pleasing was that I won the battle of my brain 😀 (this is harder than you might think!)
Woohoo!! Progress 😁😁😁
I know!! A most unexpected reaction to a Tuesday isn’t it?!!
Well, it was! Tremendous!
I had PT in the morning which was HIIT (second time in 2 days…Matt must be psychic!) and intervals on a treadmill. Yes that’s right…I went on a treadmill and I didn’t die!!
Then, in my lunchbreak I went for a run, I managed (slightly) longer run intervals!
All the running and no death that is a bonus!!
Day 85 done
Day 59: Wednesday…Gym and tatters…
As is customary for a Wednesday now, the gym was at the unnatural hour of 6:30! A time when we can, to be honest, barely remember what exercise is let alone how to do any… however, we managed a mainly upper body session of bench press, rows, shoulder press, chest flys and inclined bench press 🙂
Evening was dancing… lots of dancing…so much that I forgot to take pictures so here is a sneak preview of the kit my friend Debbie and I have been making for our new story 🙂
Day 60 Thursday… run for cake..
Run for cake, run as fast as you can!
Anyway… Thursday was running 🙂 with the lovely Susie who makes me work hard! This time however, there was cake at the end of the run 😁😁
iday – Guess what…I went to the gym
At 7am, with Sarah, because that is what I do, despite the fact that I was not at work on Friday…
Fridays session was mainly taken up with a deadlift / squat superset, and followed up with a quad extension / DB straightleg deadlift superset…leg fun 😀
I totally forgot to take any pictures…so here are a couple from the rest of the day 🙂
Day 62 & 63: Saturday and Sunday – Yoga weekend
Well not the whole weekend…but a portion of each day was dedicated to yoga 😀 because balance is good!
Day 64: Monday – the hottest UK August bank holiday monday ever.
Not that we knew that when we decided to go and investigate some hills and a forest!!
Needless to say we were somewhat warm by the end of it!! It was good to explore though and there is a lot more left there to investigate in future on bikes and feet!!
We went over th the Hurtwood whish is a huge conglmeration of privately owned forest and land in the surrey hills which the local landowners have allowed the public free access to. It is pretty awesome and maintained by the Friends of the Hurtwood 😀
Day 65: Tuesday – Hamstring and Hip flexor torture…
No…hang on, not torture, strengthening, that is what it was, strengthening…
I had to do strange strange things with resistance bands including:
Bridge with my feet on a bosu and a resistace band around both feet then I had to pull one leg at a time backwards against the resistance…
Side steps with resistance bands around my feet
Laying down with a resistance band around one foot anchored to a thing and bend and straighten my leg against the resistance.
Giant ball hamstring curls… these ones had no resistance bands.
Then to finish off just in case my legs were no already shaky… I had to do rowing sprints…also with no resistance bands!
The title is a quote from my awesome running friend Susie, (I have told you about her here)
Wit a couple of exceptions, which would probably lead to bigger problems than just running, she is right. However, I don’t have any…well…I have some, I can move my legs and sit down and stand up and stuff. But I do, it turns out have stiff hips, and stiff ankles and some other stuff which I will get to shortly…
I know known these things for a while, in a vague way, but yesterday as part of my PT sessio I aske Matt if we could do a running assessment so that I could attempt to fix problems before running the half marathon. My hips have been hurting a bit the day after runnign and I was interested to know if there was anything he could see that might be causing it. He is well placed to be able to figure it out as he is a personal trainer and sports therapist and has a degree in the subject…
So I had to run on a treadmill…
It was terrifying!!
But not for too long which was ok… and I learned a few things…
I have stiff hips and ankles, I have feet which externally rotate (especially the right which explains a lot) I don’t pick my feet up enough and sort of shuffle along…
Matt gave me some mobility exercises to do with a resistance band and lots of stretches and foam rolling instructions 😊
Me after the session…extremely relieved to have survived running on a treadmill!
When lunchtime came around I decided to attempt to put some of these things into practice..:I concentrated on keeping me feet pointing in the right direction and lifting them up..:it was hard work and I forgot to keep doing it once I got tired…however it will all work out eventually 😊
Day 58 done 🙂