Chasing the PB…

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While I was out running today, the words to write were floating around in my head, but, now I am here, they have disappeared and I am at a loss as how to describe my feelings…

Over the last 4 weeks, I have knocked out “Personal Best” after “Personal Best” (PB) which every runner strives for. This can only happen for so long, then it will be back to the chase. So far, I have taken over 5 minutes from my 5k time and today, approximately 8 minutes from my 10k time.

It has not been easy, but the weight loss I have experienced is definitely the main reason for this, along with my Coach and hubby (one and the same person…)

Today I used the  Run Walk Run method, as recommended by Olympian Jeff Galloway. The intervals used were a 1.6k warm up, followed by 3:30 (3 minute run and 30 second walk) and then a final push on the last kilometre (with no walk breaks). The total time was 1:19:25.

Often associated with beginners, the Run Walk Run method is a sound training plan that has also found it’s way into the ┬átraining programmes of intermediate AND advanced runners to increase their mileage, reduce injury and help prevent burnout. It is also suggested that the walk breaks are taken from the start, not once you are tired. There are many running groups on Facebook that advocate this method, one being “Girls That Jeff – GTJ”…

I will continue to train for that elusive Half Marathon, and hope that I can put it under my belt soon.

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From Fat to Fit

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Three months in from injury and this girl is back…

In October of last year, Coach G was sent to a running specialist with an injury he had. During their conversation, they talked about diet and the specialist recommended a “Low Carb, High Fat” way of eating. We took this on board and completely changed our way of eating. Roll on seven months, and I have lost a total of 18 Kilos (nearly 40 pounds) and also dropped a few dress sizes. I flip between LCHF and Keto and have noticed a big difference in my running, especially now I am fully “fat adapted” (using fat for fuel). I had a target weight of 80k, but at the moment I’m hovering around the 75/76 mark and trying to decide how much more, if any, to loose.

Over the last few weeks I have run as much as possible, sticking between 3 & 6 kms. Coach G and I have been out running potential parkruns (a free, weekly, 5k timed run) and enjoying every minute.

On Friday 26th May, I went back to my old running route in Williamstown, and successfully completed the 5k with a “Personal Best”. The next day, I ran with my #poodledog at Altona Beach parkrun, and took a further 2 minutes off of my time (I was excited at Easter to get under 40 minutes for the first time). And now today, I have been given a PB of fastest 5 miler… Whoo hoo…

So, a mixture of diet & continued running (and walking through my injury) have helped me turn around this running lark, and I now have to sit down with a racing schedule and planner to see what my next goal will be AND where…

If you have any ideas or suggestions of what that could be, please leave a reply.

Happy Running