I borrowed a book from the library - Get Running by Matt Roberts, and the first section gives a whole host of exercise tests to pinpoint any weak areas of your body which need to be worked on.
So I'm down on the floor testing hamstrings, glutes, hips, quads, calves, you name it, I tested it. And I'm amazed that apparently for all of these I'm average or above average.
Then I came to core strength. Into plank position and hold for as long as I can. Less than 60 seconds is classed as poor, over 90 seconds is good. Oh. My. God. I made it to 62 seconds through sheer bloodymindedness, but here we are, 3 days later, and I still can't stretch or twist without my stomach complaining! I foresee lots of planks in the next few weeks 😧
In other news, I'm following a Jeff Galloway plan to improve my pace, and it seems to be working. As you'd expect, it consists of lots of short runs and intervals, so I don't know yet how my new-found speed over short distances will translate into a 5k run, but I hope to squeeze a 5k in next week just to test it out. It's exciting!
(Disclaimer - where I used the phrase "new-found speed", please be aware that "speed" is a relative term. In my case it means I hit the heady heights of a 6.2 minute km. I'm not breaking any records here apart from my own!)
I wish you all happy runs over Christmas 🎅🎅🏃♂️🏃♀️