Post half marathon, stretched bathed. Felt tired the next day but not too stiff then after that fine.
so what next? People keep asking me! Of course I have a plan (that’s me, always do, for most things) Or at least an ambition.
now I want to run faster.
As I have been taught on all those courses my objectives must be ‘SMART’ specific, measurable, can’t remember ‘A ‘, realistic and timed. So my next objective is to get my plod from 12 mins per mile to 10 mins per mile by Jan 31st. Doing a parkrun in 30 minutes would mark that as the goal achieved.
I would also like to get my weight down by 7lb in the same time but I’m not so confident about that.
Earlier in the week I was chatting with someone at work about using the treadmill. She was mentioning the benefits of the psychology that you can’t stop running or go slower unless you actively decide to do so and take the action of pressing the button. And of course no problems about running out in the dark. So today the opportunity presented itself to run in the gym whilst my son was having his swimming lesson. I set the speed to 9.5 kph (I’m getting quite adept at the mental arithmetic for converting kilometres to miles now) and off I went.
It was good that the machine set the pace, especially as my Garmin is broken.
I managed that speed for about 75% of my 25 mins so that was a good start. Breathing was more of an effort than I have got used to – it was like being back at the beginning again! It does make me feel optimistic about achieving the objective of going faster though.
As for weight loss?
I have been recording my weight and body fat since April and have lost 7lb in 7 months so that’s ok. I’d have to cut back on calories though I think to lose the same amount in 3 months. I need to think about that a bit more!
I’m currently re reading Julian Goater’s ‘how to run faster ‘ for inspiration.