Right, so since I’ve never done anything quite so silly as run a marathon before, I realised I needed a training plan. Not a DIY one, but one from a proper coach. I’m lucky enough to have some distance runners as friends, and one of them has very kindly agreed to help coach me through this, starting with training for a 10k in February. Training plan 1 looks like this:
Monday – rest
Tuesday – Fartlek
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – Circuits
Friday – rest
Saturday – Interval training
Sunday – Long run (10km)
For those who don’t know, Fartlek training (I think the name is Swedish for “speed play”) is a sort of interval training where you speed up and slow down depending on how your body is feeling. I like to get some good music on and run hard to the faster/louder parts, but that’s just me.
Circuits involve running 100m, doing jumping jacks, running 100m doing press-ups, running 100m doing squats… and so on with various strength exercises, repeat 3x then sprint 400m. After circuits my 400m sprint is more like a 400m plod, but oh well.
Interval training like Fartlek, but over fixed times and distances. I’m currently doing 100m hard sprinting followed by 1 minute of slow jogging to recover, multiplied by ten.
The long run is just what is says on the cover – a long, steady state run. I’ve done two 10ks since starting this, the first in 1 hour 8 and the second in 1 hour 4. Please don’t jump straight into 10ks, I had been running off and on for years (admittedly more off than on recently) before doing this.
See the doctor for my medical clearance to race (better to do this before starting if you haven’t done any exercise for a while)
See a nutritionist about how to balance my need to lose 10kg with my need to keep my energy levels up for running 10, then 20 then 30 and eventually 42km.
I have a couple of donations on my page for the hospice, but am of course still fare far away from hitting my fundraising goal. As always I would be so grateful if anyone can give even just £1, $1 or €1 to help the people at Strathcarron – to do so please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Fat-to-Florence/
Thanks! Tomorrow onward with the journey from Fat to Florence!!!