So quite a few of my fellow, virtual running buddies on here have hopped over to the marathon forum - testing the water. Could we do a HM? We’re all wondering - you know who you are. If I have any hope in reaching that distance, say in a year from now, I seriously need to do some strength work. Yes, I’ve a few 10k runs under my belt now, all flat, but my back starts aching at about the 8-9k mark.
Well, I’ve just joined the gym recently, and being a teacher, and having the time at last, yesterday I thought I’d book in my free hour personal trainer session. ‘Chris’ and I had a good old chat and I told him about my needs - core strength. He spoke lots of sense and showed me some exercises I can do to help me on my way. No running - not the day before new running club. That would be silly. Machine work would be fine. Right?
WRONG. Woke up today hardly able to move! No pain, no gain though. So tonight I went to a new running club. Lovely introductions to the group from the leaders for all newbies. Everyone very nice. Warm up, fine. 1st 1k fine. Off on a trail, fine. Then the hills started! One particular hill nearly finished me off and the leader would not let me walk! She even kept prodding my back to make me run more 😂 I thought we might fall out but in the end I got through! Although it was only 7.25k, I think that’s probably done more for my fitness than a flat 12k I was thinking of doing on my own. I enjoyed the company and my pace was pushed on to faster than normal on the flats. For me, I think I’ll stick with this (2 sessions a week at club, ParkRun, an interval session in the gym with strength work and the odd short easy run in between) for a few weeks before increasing distance. I think I’ll get more out of it than plodding further without elevation.
Keep running everyone! 🏃🏾♀️🏃🏼♂️🏃🏽♂️🏃🏿♀️🏃🏻♀️🏃🏾♂️ (love a multicultural emoji)