Health & Wellbeing

Thursday 24 July 2014

Getting fit is hard work but I’m in it for the long haul

Editor’s Letter Yvonne Hogan

Published 08/06/2014|17:31

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Pictured at the finish line of this year’s Fit City Series race at the Phoenix Park in March were Emer Mullaney from Sligo, Paula Fleming from Clonee, and Emer Kiniry from Chapelizod. The Cork event takes place in July.
Pictured at the finish line of this year’s Fit City Series race at the Phoenix Park in March were Emer Mullaney from Sligo, Paula Fleming from Clonee, and Emer Kiniry from Chapelizod. The Cork event takes place in July.

Week two of the training went okay. I’m pacing myself well for the run bits, and the increase from one minute to one-and-a-half minutes was pretty painless.

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I’ve been doing the training |first thing in the morning, after a cup of coffee and half a protein shake — that works fine for me energy-wise. I finish the shake when I get back, but I still get |a stitch towards the end of the session. If anyone has any tips |on what/how much to eat before morning running, I would be very grateful to receive them.

After the run, I do some stretching — particularly my |calves, quads and hip flexors — |and use my foam roller on my thighs and back. It takes about |45 minutes and it really sets me |up for the day.

Since week two coincided with a holiday in Kenmare, the runs were particularly invigorating. The air was fresh, the scenery was stunning and the incline in the road added a bit of extra punishment that made me feel like I was working harder.

I was feeling pretty good until I looked at the calendar: the Fit race is five weeks away. Five weeks! The idea that I will have to run for 35-40 minutes makes my blood run cold. It just doesn't seem possible. It takes at least an hour for my face to cool down enough for me to put make-up on after intervals of 1.5 minutes. I’m just not fit enough.

Three couch-to-5k sessions |a week isn't going to do it. If |I’m to succeed I have to focus everything on my goal for the |next five weeks. It can't be something I just throw in to my routine willy-nilly — my routine will have to fit around my goal.

I also need to work on my nutrition. I haven't been eating clean or taking in enough protein. |I haven't been snacking regularly. |I haven't been drinking enough water. I need to go to bed earlier. |I definitely need to drop a few pounds. I need to lift some weights to make myself feel strong — I’m comfortable with weight training and I know I can do it. I need the confidence boost it will give me.

I’m going to up my sessions to four times a week and get at least one weights session in. So next week I will train Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Day 1 and 2: 1.5min run and 1.5 walk; 2.5min run and 2.5 walk x 2; 1.5min run and 1.5 walk. Day 3: 2min run and 2 walk; 3min run and 3 walk x 2; 2 min run and 2 walk. Day 4: 3 min run and 2 walk; 4 min run and 3 walk x 2; |3 min run and 2 walk.

Please email any tips and advice. Until next week!

editor@fitmagazine.ie

To enter the Fit Magazine City Series Cork 2014 race, visit fitmagazine.ie/events

@yvonnehogan

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