A beautiful morning this morning, so, up early to complete Week 2 Run 2 of my, 10K revisited plan.
The plan is interesting... as I said in my first post about it…it is a real mixture and with a discipline about it which makes it easy to follow.
The runs are great… a bit shortish last week, but because of the variances in exertion levels, fun.
I am finding doing the strength exercises interesting. Having researched and put a programme of them together, I have discovered a few things about myself;
I appear to be stronger and fitter than I imagined.
Which is good!
I found out what a Sumo squat with calf raise is.
I liked it.
I cannot achieve a side plank –yet!
Single leg lateral hops really make my thighs ache… calves and ankles are fine.
I love the names of some of the moves. Bird-dog and Hip openers are particular favourites
In the running, I have discovered also… my natural ‘easy’ pace is about 165 bpm. So I am classing that as my exertion level 3-4/10
So, currently and it is early days, no real issues, except… rest. The programme specifies, taking note of a heavy week of work or housework, and really take rest. It is this I have the issue with... I find it hard. I am not a natural rester. If I am at home, I am gardening; moving shrubs, pots and planters and building sheds, or walking with small one. If we are out and about, it is walking or cycling…I am not doing my painting classes currently so don’t have that two hour slot of rest. I need to work on this aspect of the plan, as one day each week is just classed as REST! So, I am going to make sure I take that day, and will try to finish all my half finished water-colour paintings, and crack on with my running themed, murder mystery novel!( the one that is going to make us very, very wealthy, when published)!
So… last week, runs at different exertion levels, cross training or strength exercises and this morning was an off- road run, ( my favourites), including hills. I was supposed to do 30 minutes off-road with 3 or four sets of 2 minutes up-hill, but it all got a bit confused. I took Stamina with me for the 35 minutes time, close enough I thought… I ran at a faster pace for most of it and ended up having completed five ‘hills’, all off-road except for the hill home. Not really steep hills...(what makes a hill?) but hill-ish enough
Anyway… long story short, (thank goodness you say) I completed 5.06 K and 5 hills in 41 minutes.
That will do this old snail and I am pleased with the way it is going. Will keep you posted if that is okay