Saturday, 30 May 2015

Progress Report, May 2015

It's been a great month. I started my half marathon plan two weeks ago and so far enjoying it. Except maybe for the interval/threshold runs. They are hard work!!

Today's long run was 1:20 - I covered 13.2km. Officially the furthest I've ever run!! 

Was my biggest month too at just over 73km, even with a week off after the Mother's Day fun run 😊

Monday, 18 May 2015

Half marathon, here I come!!

I was super lucky to win a personalized training plan through a facebook completion recently. 

I decided it was a sign to start training for this half marathon I've had in the back of my mind since the beginning of this year. 

Alison from Run for your life coaching took into account my goals and family situation and came up with a 12 week plan for me for the August half in my hometown.

Three runs a week, with hills and intervals, long runs of up to two hours!! All very exciting though and having a plan will take the guess work out of it for me. 

Watch this space..

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Kids are exhausting..

Kids! Who'd have them? They interrupt your sleep, they're noisy, make mess, use up all your time..

Don't get me wrong, I love them with everything that I have, but they're awfully frustrating sometimes. Especially at midnight when they won't go back to sleep!

Running and being fit makes me a better mama I think. I have more energy to cope with three young boys plus there's something about running hard, puffing and sweating that's really cathartic and an incredible stress relief. 

So it's Sunday afternoon, I'm feeling shattered and probably in the throes of PMS, I have the choice of sleeping or a long run.. I know which one feels more tempting right now but I know which will make me feel better in the long run (pardon the pun!)

But first, a coffee... 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Mothers Day, 10k

This morning I took part in a 10k charity run here in town.  It was to support women and their families living with breast cancer.  Runners/walkers were encouraged to wear pink. I've never seen so much pink in my life!!

I had to buy a pink shirt especially for the occasion!

My goal was to beat the 60 minute barrier, and I nailed it, coming home in 55:53!! 

However, as my Runtastic app recorded 9.8km, I don't know which of the two is more accurate (but the kilometre markers on course were pretty bang on) so probably my time for 10k would have been more like 57 minutes :)

Very pleased with myself, and definitely rewarding myself with chocolate on the couch this afternoon :)

Me and my three boys after the race

Friday, 1 May 2015

Progress Report, end of April 2015

It's been a mixed bag this month - ten days away on holiday including Easter treats, but I feel I've done well. I gained around 1kg but promptly lost it again when I got home and back on track.

Total mileage was 51.2km this month - but only 10 activities compared with 14 in March.

My fastest run was a 4km evening run - 22.07, average pace of 5:31km (the first km was 6:00 and the other three were 5:23 or faster).  This is the fastest I've ever run.  I felt amazing! 

My longest run was 9km last Sunday - a training run where I actually aimed for 8km but misjudged the loop that I added on in the middle.  I got home in 53:54 which is only JUST shy of the 6:00min/km goal I intend to beat next week.