So I skipped the update for week four. I’ve now just completed the fifth week of my return to running. I passed the 10K mark in week four and have started to become reasonably comfortable with running five mile with ease.
Last week I completed my longest run to date, which was 7.5 miles. That was quite a challenge for me, and is not yet a comfortable distance, and my pace was slower than my first 7 mile run. But I’ll take an achievement where I can get it.
I have generally been running in the village where I live. I’ve established a general circuit that will give me five miles, and I enjoy this run. I’ve identified a few extras to either shorten or lengthen the distance.
What I rarely do is set off and say to myself, I am going to run a minimum distance. I find that either too restrictive, or it is making the run feel forced. I am a great believer in listening to my body and exercising appropriately to how I am feeling. I try not to tag a minimum distance to a run, so often my decisions on distance will adapt as I am on the road.
Another thing that has factored in for my of late has been the weather. It is now mid-December, it is winter and the weather can be very changeable. I began using an app that shows weather just for the next 45 minutes, I’ve found this very helpful when deciding where to run too. It’s a great app, and is focused on there here and now.
I started running from a desire to push up the intensity. It has given me that, but I am not rigid with it. I plan workouts ahead, but I tend not to fix them to a day, as I have plenty of activities in my planning (walking / boxing / spin bike / functional / weights/ suspension trainer).
I’ve planned exercise through the rest of this year, I’m taking a practical approach to Christmas. I am not really celebrating Christmas much this year, so I am going to give myself a boost and keep the intensity up right through to New Years Eve.