Monday, 2 November 2015

Improving My Running In 30 Days - Day 2

Day 2 of trying to improve my running started at 5am this morning, hangover free, but sore from the exercises I did last night. I have to take Sheldon (my dog) for a 40 minute walk every morning before I leave for work, so it's an early start. He needs to get out and have a run around though.

I run with him for some of it, but my legs take a while to warm up in the mornings, so it's mostly walking for me.. We go down to the local park where he can run without his lead. They have some exercise equipment there (it's pretty basic stuff) so I try and use the balance beams, pull up bars and tricep dips. This morning I managed one pull up. Yes, one. One lousy pull up.

Pull Up Bars
Pull Up Bars at 5AM... I will do two tomorrow..

This may have something to do with my current weight, which is sitting at 196 lbs (14 stone)!!. I'm hoping that a month of staying away from alcohol and chocolate will help shift some of this, as not only is it slowing down my running, it's also not great to look at.

I saw my reflection off a car window today, and it's all belly.. I feel ashamed, and it's nothing but laziness and greed that put it there.

Afternoon Running - 1 Minute Intervals

This afternoon we went for a run after I got back from work. I'm trying to do all my running with him, as it saves time doing them seperately. It might not be as focused as running on my own, but it is probably more fun. He can also be a great pacer..

Out Running With Sheldon.

I started with a half mile slow jog, before running another half mile slightly faster. This was just to warm up, as the weekend's exercises had left me feeling tight and sore.  To be honest, if it hadn't been for Sheldon, I probably wouldn't have ran at all today.

Then it was 10 x 1 minute fast running, with 1 minute slow intervals. We the did a slow mile to cool down.

A few months ago I was doing these with my brother, and we were really pushing up the speed, the length of time and the recovery was getting better. Today, I felt really slow as I tried to run fast. My legs just wouldn't move the way I wanted them to. And I found it tough even lasting the minute intervals. What was supposed to be the slow recovery interval seemed to be more walk than jogging.

Training.... We run in idilac quiet countryside, and then these zoom by..

But, I guess I have to start somewhere. I'll just have to keep trying these until it starts to feel like I'm getting my speed and fitness back. It can be frustrating sometimes, and feels like a struggle, but I just have to stay positive and beleive that I will finish the month a stronger runner than where I am now.

Stretching & Strength Exercises

This evening I completed Day 2 of the 30 Day Kinetic Challenge, which consisted of 20 minutes of:

Hip Flexors
Hamstring Stretch
Adductor Stretch
Low Back Mobility
Single Leg Balance (Eyes Closed)

These are all the things that I have never bothered with before, so it's a bit of a shock to the system trying them for the first time. I think it's time for to start paying attention to the exercises that will help me improve as a runner, instead of just running mile after mile.

I have put a link up above if you want to try it out. It's from a guy called James Dunne, who seems to know what he's talking about... The website is also worth signing up to, as he does send some interesting posts..

Terriyaki Chicken, rice and vegetables
Terriyaki Chicken, rice and vegetables.

Dinner tonight was more about getting lean protein, carbs and vegetables into me, rather than presentation.. I do follow a few food blogs, and my pictures seem awful compared to them... Maybe it's something I'll have to work on to make this site looking better..I just always seem to be in a rush to eat it, rather than make it look good though.

And while I've been writing this my friend just text me asking me to go for a few beers with him this weekend.. As I'm staying off it, we've arranged a mountain walk instead. Sober means cheaper.. and a workout for the legs it would seem.


Do you use strength exercises in your training plan? How has your running week started?


  1. Don't be too hard on yourself! You're making progress and that's what counts :)
    I don't strength train as much as I should :( I've been demotivated since Chicago and the training schedule has fallen off.

    1. Thanks LeAnne, I guess slow progress is better than no progress... Maybe the Disney run will help with your motivation?


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