We are getting along like a house on fire. I doubled my average weekly mileage this week, despite it being my ‘heavy ‘ week at work (I alternate between 8 clinical sessions 1 week and 6 the next).
All at MAF pace, so I’m hoping that that means that I’m unlikely to develop an injury. I think that the received wisdom is to only increase your mileage by 10% per week.
Treadmill running has a lot to offer if you have set physiological goals for yourself so as a slow ‘MAF’er it’s ideal for me, no hills to cause any inconsistency and the benefits of to be able to turn the speed up or down at the press of a button according to my HR. How it feels is a bit of a mental game. Sometimes I’m just content to listen to the music- I have 40 yrs of pop on shuffle so there’s a lot of surprises in there! That’s a lot of fun. But sometimes I get a bit obsessed -seeing how long I can run for before my HR tells me to walk, then measuring how long I need to walk, trying to decide if it’s better or worse than last time. I suspect that it’s better for me to just enjoy it and get on with it! It’s a bit much to expect an amazing improvement on 7 miles per week!
so I’m hoping to improve my mileage a bit, up to 10 miles per week by Christmas. I’m relying on my Buddy to help me!