Since beginning my running programme in preparation for the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon, I have learned two lessons which I will share with you.
The first is that sticking to the same route is really helpful for both motivation and tracking your progress. After starting my couch to 10K interval training nearly 4 weeks ago I have kept to the same route for each run. At first I think I was doing this out of habit but then I realised it was good for my state of mind. As I got to know the route so well, I could easily spot my progression. As in last week I was two intervals behind where I am this week etc. It was building up my confidence to see I was getting further and further with each run and struggling less and less.
David Gillick was in on Saturday Breakfast two weeks ago and when I mentioned this to him he said it was a good idea, so I felt justified in my predictability. He however did advise us training for the mini marathon to vary up the ground surface that we run on to avoid injury. So far I have been sticking to pavement but he suggested that I try running on grass to make the run easier on my joints. Since then I have done just that where possible and I think as our training ramps up a bit in the lead up to the big event it is important to keep such advice in the back of our minds.
The second thing I’ve learned is to pace yourself. My natural instinct I noticed during interval training was when it came time to jog I was speeding up. I don’t know if I was willing to get back to the less taxing walking interval of the training, or felt guilty I was walking at all! Either way, I was speeding up each interval and finding I would get tired as you would expect. So now when I head out the door I am aware of the pace I am keeping. To be honest I think I have the patience more for sprinting than long distance, but with the awareness that the Mini Marathon is 10k, I must watch my pace!
Hope these two kernels of knowledge help you along the way and wishing you the best of luck in your training for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon
Alison Curtis - Today FM