Friday, 10 July 2015

Somebody get me a race to run!

My Year of Running Fun has been treating me well so far: After six months of taking it really easy and running purely for the joy of it, my body feels refreshed, excited and ready to put in some hard work.  I have zero niggles and pains and I'm literally itching to do some lung-busting intervals and quad-burning hill repeats - somebody get me a race to run...!

After feeling really burnt-out and blah at the end of last year, my enthusiasm and desire to run is, as you can see, right back where it should be.  I highly recommend a bit of a break from 'competitive running' (if you can call it that in my case, ha!) to give the ol' body a break and fan that running flame - it works! 

So now what?  Step 1: Run further.  My "long runs" have been no longer than 8 km for the past few months - time to step it up!  I have my eye on one or two springtime half-marathons that I'd really like to do well in - no better time to start building some endurance.  Step 2: Get faster!  I've been struggling to get back to my pre-flu pace for a while now - time to rope in some intervals in addition to the weekly tempo runs.  I want to fly!  And then, last but not least, Step 3: Get stronger.  As I've mentioned before, I've been seriously neglecting strength work since the kiddos' births - I need to get back at it.  Will and I have started a little 30-day planking challenge to get things going - hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things!


Plank time!


Oh, and did I tell you what I nabbed at a local sports shop sale...?


Oh yeah.

Raring and ready to go!  Happy weekend, everyone!

     

12 comments:

  1. It is so easy to get caught up in racing and I need to take a break from it sometimes too. Glad to see that you are excited and ready to jump back in. Have a great weekend

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    1. It has really done me a world of good, Deborah - I highly recommend it :) ! Happy weekend!

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  2. That was such a good idea to stop "training" and just run for fun. It's so easy to get caught up in it all. I usually use winter time to run light and do other things like more weight lifting or yoga!

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    1. It really has paid off for me - I think I'm also going to do it more often in future!

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  3. All of your steps are mine too! We're in it together :)

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    1. Fantastic, Lisa!! Excited to see how we've progressed over a month or two when we check in and report back...! :)

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  4. :D a fresh start is the BEST! I think it's a good idea to take a break from running races, it's always nice to renew our love of running:) I love that you and Will have a plank challenge going on, although, I admit, you look the most focused haha, have to get in that competitive zone though, right!? ;). I love your new shirt!!! Beautiful color:)

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    1. A new pair of running socks or two usually does the trick for me, Haily, but I was in a deep, deep funk at the end of last year :(. It's so awesome to feel ready to run hard again!

      Haha, I'm totally in the zone on that pic! I'm SO going to show Will your comment - we're forever trying to beat each other at planking (seeing who can plank the longest), so he won't be happy to hear that I look more focused, lol! x

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  5. That's awesome that your running break did just what it needed to. I know I'd be itching to run again just like you! I've been trying to push myself to do more strength training so I'm using the workouts on Nike Training Club to get my core and upper body where they need to be!

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    1. I'll have a peep at Nike Training Club, Janelle - sounds great!

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  6. Love the colour of that top ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Isn't it lovely, Jan? Nothing like a bright, new running top to spruce up dull winter runs!

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