Am I on track?

Am I on track?

Monday, 9 June 2014

May 2014 Review

Where have I been, what have I been doing, what's going on...??  Questions which I'm sure have been for from your mind...  (ha!)  I've got some updates, but for now let's get back into 'normal programming' with a look at my numbers for May...

May Mileage:
Running - 92km
Cycling - 66km

Yes, I know - running!! Don't judge me...!!

There is a background story to this.  After wallowing around for 5-ish months, feeling sorry for myself and my sore shoulder, gaining weight, and generally feeling angry about being injured - an unexpected opportunity suddenly presented itself.

The Brisbane Times online news website, which sponsor the 14km City2South fun run, put forward an interesting proposal.  They wanted around 25 people who were unfit and overweight, who could commit to training for the City2South run, and would turn up at training every Wednesday morning before work.  And all this only 6 weeks out from the event!

I decided that this was the incentive I needed to kickstart myself back into a regular training routine.  I put forward an application, and was accepted by the leader of the group.  Now, I just had to remember how to run!!

Training has gone surprisingly well, and I've actually really enjoyed it so far.  Under the advice of Paul Trevethan from RIFREV Running (who has led some of our training sessions), we have engaged a run/walk strategy.  It has worked extremely well to-date, and I'm a convert to this method of starting off running.  No injuries so far, and I've been able to do some decent mileage.

At this stage, my long runs have been 2 minutes run/1 minute walk. This usually equates to around a 6min 30sec overall average pace (give or take).  On race day, I'm planning to push that a little and use a 3 minute run/1 minute walk strategy.

As I write this, the City2South is only a week away.  I'm feeling really good, have trained consistently, and am looking forward to the event. I have three goals for the event:
1. Finish!
2. Stretch goal - Finish the 14km in under 100 minutes
3. Super, highly unrealistic stretch goal - Finish the the 14km in under 90 minutes

What's next?

I've got the City2South 14km run in mid-June.  Plus I'm going to be riding with my wife in the Brissie to the Bay 50km bike ride a week later!  I'll just be cruising that on my mountain bike, helping my wife to get through her biggest bike ride to date.

From there - who knows? I'll see how the body is feeling, and look to set a few new goals to work towards...

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