Still on the run (barely)

I posted an update about my running last year, and figured that I’d update it again for this #blogjune. I did finish the Bridge Run last year, and completed it in under an hour (55mins 34 secs), which was my goal. I was surprised at how easy the 9k run seemed, and how good I felt at the end. However, I didn’t really get back into running much after finished Bridge Run. I tried to keep it up for a while, but didn’t stick with it. My main running time was when I got home from work, and now that I get home an hour later than I used to I don’t really have that time available.

To overcome this I’ve decided to switch things up and go for a walk in the morning. This means getting up at about 5:15am. I have tried running in the morning, but I seem to be more of a later-in-the-day runner. I figure that a walk is better than nothing when it comes to exercise, and I might even get in the swing on things and turn it into a run. We had a Parkrun start up near us a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve registered for it. I haven’t gone for a run with them yet, but it’s certainly on the cards.

I won’t be doing the Bridge Run this year because I don’t really have the time to do the training. However, I am looking forward to getting back to being more active.

Maintenance day

Today was a day for doing maintenance. I started by doing some work in the veggie patch. There were some tomato plants that needed extra stakes, so I put them in. I also added some fertiliser to the tomatoes, as they’re starting to fruit and need to be fed. It was also time to give the contents of our compost bin a bit of a mix, as we’ve had it set up for a couple of weeks.

After fixing up the garden, it was time for me to maintain myself. I went for the longest run I’ve ever done – 9.71km in 1 hour 8 minutes. It was one of my training sessions for the Bridge Run, and I was surprised how good I felt at the end of it. I maintained a nice steady pace, even after I had to stop and give a couple in a car directions after they asked. I’ve still some work to do to get my time down to under an hour for 9km, but I can see now that it is possible. All I need to do is maintain the training schedule and I’ll get there. I think I was a bit of a “runner’s high” at the end, thanks to the endorphins and I’ve got a better idea of why people get addicted to running. My knees aren’t so sure about this running caper though, and I think I’ll see a physio about them to see if there’s anything I can do to stop them getting sore while I’m running. Hopefully it will be an easy fix, and I can keep up the training.

On the run

At the end of last year I wrote a post about my attempt to get fitter by running regularly. I figured that now was a good time to provide an update (and get my #blogjune post for today done).

I finished the Couch to 5k program in February, and then did a few runs after that to keep up the momentum. I then started looking around for a training program that could help with preparing me for my Bridge Run attempt in September. The RunKeeper app has a range of free training programs available, one of which is a sub-60 minute 10k, and seeing that the Bridge Run is 9k, I joined the plan. It runs for 16 weeks and has 61 training sessions, and they vary in distance and include some sprints as well. I’ve completed 14 of the 61 sessions, with number 15 planned for this afternoon.

Most of my running happens in the evening when I get home from work, and over the last week or so it has started to get a bit chilly. It does make a nice change from when I was running in summer, though, as I didn’t really enjoy the humidity much.

I’m really surprised at how comfortable I’m finding the running. I was never really a long-distance runner at school and preferred the sprints of the athletics carnival to the longer distance of the cross country carnival. The Couch to 5k program was a great introduction to get me started with running regularly, and the RunKeeper plan is building on that. I can’t see myself running any marathons soon, but I think I might try and get a bit more involved in the running scene.