Getting fit is hard work but I’m in it for the long haul
Editor’s Letter Yvonne Hogan
Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30
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.
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!
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