After a month's hiatus from running on Doctors advice I went out for a little tester mile last night with my two daughters for support, and feeling good from that run last night, I set about a gentle paced 3 mile run this morning. Well My Asics says 3 miles, whilst Strava gives a stingier 2.9 miles!
My month on the couch has given me plenty of time to reflect and plan. My intention had been to reduce my runs to once per week over the winter and in the spring step up my runs back to x3 per week and train towards two goals: 5k in 25minutes flat and my first 10k run.
I realised my injuries had come about from trying to chase the first goal of a faster 5k by trying to run my flat out fastest every time I ran. Lesson one learnt then. Don't try to push every run.
This got me thinking about my first 10k. I had chosen 10k as it was the obvious next step-up, rather than because I really fancied it. Lesson two set exciting goals.
So, bearing in mind that next year I turn 40, I looked for goals that resonated more with me. The Eastbourne HM. I saw it and couldn't let the idea go. It feels big and bold for someone with only 5k on hand who couldn't run at all last year, and Eastbourne is (almost) my home town these days, so it would be quite pertinent to run here, a place I know so well.
So today I finally started my first run of my 16 week training plan to get me to the start line. 47 runs to go. No more keeping my hand in with one run a week. But a real schedule and goal to keep me running over these cold winter mornings. Only this time without trying to break my PB each and every time.