A flashback to how I was feeling in November 2013…
How’s everyone’s training going? For me, I’ve had something of a breakthrough this week… well, more than one I guess.
Firstly, two of my runs this week have felt faster.. sadly they weren’t but the fact they felt it tells me I’m feeling stronger and the whole thing is less of an ordeal. Indeed I’ve even been able to give a little thought to posture, foot strike, cadence on hills – as opposed to just keeping moving! Plus I’ve had a little something left for a strong finish – happy days.
I’ve also noticed that, without a doubt, running is keeping me (fairly) sane! Within minutes of being out I feel better – clear headed and less stressed and, well, more like ‘me’!
I used to train a group of beginner runners and as they gained fitness & strength, they would ask – How do I run faster? (Answer, train faster) and How do I get better at running up hills? (Answer – run up more hills!).. Obviously there is more to it than that with different training techniques but that is largely the underpinning requirement. With this in mind I embarked on a repeat of last weeks long run, with an extra bit added on, for my roast.
WIthout a shadow of a doubt, this week was easier. Was it because I’d already done it so I knew I could? Or was it connected to my earlier comments about feeling stronger? I don’t know but I do know I walked A LOT less… Ultimately my current aim is to run the length of Burgess Road without walking at all. I definitely made progress today (slowly) running a lot more of it. And I focussed on posts – lamp posts, sign posts, bus stops, anything to tick off my progress up the hill. Knowing I was running more of the hill than I had just 7 days ago was a fabulous mental boost… I almost can’t wait to do it again next week…. almost!
And so, to my little accident this week. With all this running, it’s ironic that I fall and skin my knee, not whilst running.. Oh no.. Whilst warming for a circuit class.. That’ll teach me a few things. 1) Don’t get distracted by a friends cute little girl 2) Pick my feet up – especially when side stepping and 3) be more sympathetic to Lily next time she falls over and skins her knee… It blooming hurts!
How about you? I love to hear your feedback – what’s going well, what’s a little tougher.. What are you training for and how’s it going?