Monday, 18 August 2014
You can find the details of the half marathon training programme. I am following by clicking the link.
I've just finished week 5, so yesterday I (very nearly) ran my furthest distance ever. The schedule had me down for a seven mile run. I diligently planned my route and all was good for about a mile and a half. It was only then that I discovered that about a mile of the route I had so carefully plotted was along a very rough bridle-path, lots of deep furrows from farm traffic and not worth turning an ankle over. So I walked a far bit of that mile and probably lost some time as a result. But not much, I am very slow anyway.
I've never run further than 6.25 miles before - the length of 10km races I entered a couple of times. That was twenty years ago and carrying a wee bit less wait too, so I even though I was forced to walk some of it, I was delighted to have done 7 miles yesterday. Sore, but delighted. The fact that I have to do 8 miles this Sunday is something to think about later in the week.
If you would like to sponsor me, this is the place to do it.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
This caused me to do a quick double take this evening and then, on reflection, to be encouraged. One is a shot from yesterday's Western Morning News Sport section. The other is one of mine from Saturday's game. It would appear I'm getting something right. Or getting lucky...
Monday, 4 August 2014
I want to record my progress - or lack of it - in training for my first ever Half Marathon. I've promised a few updates to the good people that have offered to sponsor me for it but, don't worry, it won't be a step by step account. I'll spare you all the detail.
I joined a gym nearly 15 months ago and at the induction, the young girl gave me some exercises to get me started. It included 10-15 minutes of walking on a treadmill. It hurt my pride a little but I have since progressed to a bit of running.
This will probably be my first and only Half Marathon. Because I've discovered that a bit of running isn't enough. According to the running plan I am following, I need to do a lot more than a bit. I am three weeks into a twelve week programme and according to my times, I'm getting slower. But I am middle aged and I'm running further each week. I am determined to finish, for reasons that I'll go into later.
Week 4, here we come...