I am typing this post with my legs raised as I am suffering with a serious case of achy hips. This was after my epic 16.1 km that I completed yesterday. I suspect that the issue lays with my gait and perhaps I need to take longer to warm-up. Although, I do spend 1km walking so you would think that is adequate warming-up. Perhaps I need to throw some stretches in there too.
Apart from the achy hips, this week has been a mostly enjoyable week. I think that I might be turning the corner when it comes to exercise, I may actually be starting to enjoy it! Haha, I hear you cry. Don’t worry, I’m sure this smugness will bite me on my (now slightly more toned) bum. On the whole I have found running a lot easier. Having Gary growth removed from my foot means that I am now running pain free. I had become so used to having this growth that I had forgotten what it was like to be able to walk and run without pain! This has led me to galloping around, all over the shop, singing “I’m free!!!!” RIP Gary growth.
I am still unsure how to fuel myself correctly and I suspect that there is more work that needs to be done there. I am also feeling the effects of tiredness. I am unsure if this is from me getting up early or as a result of all the exercise I am doing. This has seen me falling asleep before 10 pm, hardly rock ‘n’ roll. However, I am still finding that I am able to get out of bed early and exercise. Getting my exercise done first thing is definitely the key.
The importance of water
This week I have also increased my intake of water. I noticed that I was often feeling really thirsty. Water is really important because if you are dehydrated then it can “decrease your performance by up to 25%”, this is according to Carlson, director of performance nutrition for Athletes’ Performance.
Running/walking long distances
This week I had to complete 16.1km in one hit. This made me nervous. I have taken you on the journey with me and you can watch the vlog below to see how I got on. Basically, it shows me gradually breaking down over 16.1km. Lovely. I decided that this run shouldn’t be about speed and that it was more about endurance. Therefore, I took my time and walked a bit of it. I have come to realise that these distances are going to hurt me as I haven’t attempted these distances before. It’s going to hurt, it’s going to feel sore. Now I am trying to embrace that feeling because I now recognise that it is good pain because I am pushing my body whilst I still can.
I am a runner
I feel like my mindset is changing. Before I would chide myself for not being a proper runner, for taking lots of walking breaks. I would tell myself that I would never be a proper runner. But I am a runner. I am a runner because I lace those trainers up and I hit those pavements or treadmill. I run. Yes, sometimes I walk but this doesn’t make me less of a runner.
Vlog – I take you on a run with me
Week 5 Moonwalk marathon training plan
Sunday – 30 mins row
Monday – Relax and stretch
Tuesday – 5 miles run
Wednesday – 5 miles run
Thursday – 30 min row
Friday – Relax and stretch
Saturday – 10 miles run
Total miles – 20 miles
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Are you training for the Moonwalk marathon? I would love to hear how you are getting on.