Running Resolutions

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And what to do about them…

I shared the “No Meat Athlete” and his 12 monthly running challenges in my last blog post. I slowly read through them, and have now decided on a plan of action to make me a better runner.

I have decided to embrace 6 of the 12 and hopefully by this time next year I will be a “stronger, faster, smarter, well rounded runner”… (watch this space)

Challenge 1: Strength Work

Challenge 2: New work outs, to include hill sessions, sprints, fartlek & intervals

Challenge 3: Mile PB

Challenge 4: 5k PB

Challenge 5: 13.1 Half Marathon (I like those numbers better, it doesn’t seem as far)

Challenge 6: 30 day squat, plank or pushups

I have the privilege of being married to a running coach, so I am sure he will now keep me on my toes and make sure that I am performing to the best of my ability.

 

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to get in touch…

Happy Running

 

2016

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Recap

2016 seemed to be pretty uneventful, till you go into your stats and see exactly how far you have come.

According to the Garmin, most steps in a week was actually last week…121,719. This was achieved easily as I was on Annual Leave (for the first time in a year). Strava, which is linked to the TomTom, had me at 31.3K for the week and Boxing Day gave me the most steps for a day, with a total of 25,427. My best month was March, which saw me complete “A Mile A Day” or #MAD as we like to call it. And my longest run, so far, was the 17K Bellarine Rail Trail, but it only logged a total of 16.8k.

In 2015, I ran a total of 189.65K. In 2016, I more than doubled that amount to 429.83K. If I use this data for next year, I have to run at least 13k a week.

2016 was the year I turned 50 and brought me my Australian Citizenship.

2017

Now to look forward to what I would like to achieve this year…

I will use the Run/Walk method and complete a 13.1mile distance, however, I will not do this at a paid event.

I will also draw up a plan to incorporate 12 monthly challenges to help me be the best I can be. It will include my #MAD, cycling, swimming and maybe some selfies along the way.

With my change of diet, 2017 has kicked off on a positive foot & I need to carry on with these positive thoughts and actions…

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November Update

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Only 6 weeks till the end of 2016. 

This year has been very quiet it terms of racing and events, but I’ve  plodded on regardless. On occasion, I can manage to put a small 2.5k run in at lunchtime, which keeps me reasonably active during the working week. 

In the next six weeks, I plan to put in some extra mileage and get myself back in to 10k plus per week. The reason behind this is that I want to complete a Half Marathon distance before the end of the year.

It will not be at any running event as I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, or an event team, to get it finished in a certain amount of time. 

I have also changed my way of eating, and now follow LCHF. So far this has helped me shed in excess of 6 kilo’s. It now means I use fat for fuel and NOT the carbs (especially not the pasta or bread type carb). The running seems a bit easier, but I find I am tiring quicker,  which is to be expected.

Summer is just around the corner, as is the Silly Season. Longer and warmer days with more time to pop in a few K’s out on the road. I’ll be back to my #MaD and hopefully my posts will be more regular.

Happy Running

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Bellarine Rail Trail run – race recap

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Gill’s recap of our run at the Bellarine..

macgirl running

One way of making sure I stick to my training plan is to enter events, particularly long ones. I’m not super motivated when it comes to lacing up the shoes and knocking out my long runs (even though I always love them once I get the first few kilometres done) so events really are the only way to keep me honest. My event of choice on the weekend was the Bellarine Rail Trail run.

Despite it being fairly close to home, I’ve never run along the rail trail so was looking forward to a bit of new scenery. My husband delivered me to the start line and I met up with friends who had caught the train up from Queenscliff. This is quite a small event (about 300 runners) and very low key, in stark contrast to the mega event of last weekend. Before I really had time to…

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