Following five and a half weeks 😮 out due to cold/flu virus, infected sinuses/cough which needed antibiotics to clear and finally a bad back cause by all the coughing (!😂😩) I actually got out for a run before breakfast this morning. Beautiful sunny morning and I felt so happy to be out again - but oh my goodness, it felt so hard!😮 I expected it to feel tough after so long off but wasn't quite prepared for how rubbish I would be!! Never mind, onwards and upwards, hoping to slowly progress and get back to my running plans now which are to focus on speed and 5/10ks during the summer before increasing distance again for my second HM later in the autumn. Feels like a lot of hard work ahead of me after this mornings effort but these things have a habit of coming together (I hope!) The next few runs however, will all be about slow and steady and just being grateful to be back out there.🙂 Happy bank holiday running!
Not a great run...but a run all the same!🙂 - Bridge to 10K
It's good to have a plan! Once I get my 10k out of the way in the next month or so I would like to do a 10 mile or hm. What plan are you using? I am suffering a stinking cold now so no running at the moment and it feels rubbish. Total sympathy from me!
I looked at several plans but used them to inform me rather than to follow (if that makes sense?) as I like the flexibility to listen to how I am feeling on each run. Went from 5 to 10k by using the 10% rule, just increasing my weekly long run. Similarly with 10 to 16k. For my HM training, again a weekly long long run(!) but also extended my 'shorter' runs to increase my overall weekly mileage. Worked up to run 2 x 21k before the race (as I really wanted to feel secure in the distance before race day!) and also remembered to fit in a good two weeks plus of tapering. Tapering did mess with my head a bit but I think was probably why I managed a PB on the day🙂. I am now so unfit compared to that day in March🙁 but hey ho - that is the running journey! Hope you get over your cold soon and enjoy your 10k next weekend - I know you have worked really hard for it! 🙂
Ok I think I will work out a plan on the 10% rule and see what it looks like. I tend to run two runs one week and three the next so will factor that in. Thank you.
Hi Sandra - I quite understand about how disconcerting it is to have a few weeks off and then find out how much fitness you have lost.
I think, though, that your "slow and steady" plan is the right approach - I'd suggest focusing on distance/endurance first, then when the running is a bit more comfortable, look at your speed.