There are a few new developments I wanted to share with you all….
- As some of you may have noticed, I’ve changed the layout of my blog. I think it’s much more user-friendly this way and I like the new look. I hope you guys like it too!
- As I said in my last post, I’m loving my new training gear. It really was the best money I ever spent! I went for a run in the park this morning, and my shins felt great during and after the run. It’s amazing not having to worry about my shins when I want to go for a run. Now I can just get up and go for it!
- I’m trying to up the distance I’m running each week. I’ve been averaging about 10km a week in my training for a while now, and have decided it’s time to up this to about 20km a week. I’m getting there though. I managed 14km this week, and can only keep improving. So that’s my aim for the time being. I’ll address this again when I’ve reached and maintained my target for a while. You can actually have a peek at my weekly training on my DailyMile page.
- I’ve signed up for a few more runs/walks in the upcoming months. Here they are….
Adidas Women’s 5K Challenge on the 11th of September
Run Richmond Park 5K on the 1st of October
BHF 18 mile Chilterns Way Walk on the 8th of October
Well, that’s what’s new with me at the moment. What’s new with you?
I’ve got another 5K coming up on Sunday. It’s the Clapham Common Innovation Sports Series, and I’m quite excited. I’ve done this one before, so will feel more comfortable running it as I’m now familiar with the course. So, I’m confident that I’ll do okay.
My main aim, is just to beat my time I logged on my previous race. If I can do that, I’ll be proud of myself. When I ran the previous Clapham Common 5K, I finished third or second from last, and I’ll be honest, it really wasn’t a great feeling. I struggled through the race and the last kilometre was the hardest. Mainly because I thought I was closer to the finish than I actually was. It more mental than physical, and that defeated me in the end.
So, with that in mind, there are a couple of things I want to do differently this time:
- Concentrate on running more on the balls of my feet and hopefully avoid serious shin splints.
- Take good care of my feet. The last two runs I’ve done in the park resulted in blisters on the inside of my right foot. So, I’m going to bandage them up and just be aware of how I’m running, and do it carefully.
- I’m taking my iPod/Nike tracker to know exactly how far I’ve run and how much I still have left to do. This way, I’ll be fully aware of where I am on the course and thereby cancel out the mental fatigue.
- I’m not going to do any exercise on Saturday, and will hopefully feel more rested before Sunday’s race.
Well, I’m confident that I’ll do well on Sunday and improve my time. So, spare a thought for little ol’ me pounding the park/pavements of Clapham Common on Sunday morning!