The reason running is featuring more in my training now than it has ever in my life is because I’m going to enter the Mother’s Day Classic with a couple of friends. One of these friends is quite a bit taller than me – we measured our leg lengths and worked out that his legs are 13% longer than mine. Which, using my ridiculous logic, means that I need to be 13% fitter than him in order to actually run it with him. And seeing as he is already a fair bit fitter than me, it means I’ll need to be super fit to not only be able to run 8km, but run fast enough to keep up with someone much taller and fitter.
Progress so far… (all measured as running on a treadmill at 9km/hour, 0% incline)
16th January, 2012: Ran 1km
31st January, 2012: Ran 1.6km
7th February, 2012: Ran 2.6km (this was also the day I rowed 2016m in ten minutes)
13th Febuary, 2012: Ran 3km
16th February, 2012: Ran 3.6km
I should also point out that I am running more than what the above indicates – those distances are just how far I run on the treadmill before I switch to walking.
My training isn’t as structured as programmes like C25K. I just do a mixture of weights and cardio about six days a week. The cardio is a lot of treadmill, but there is also running in the real world, using the rower, going to spin class, and using the cross trainer. And about once or twice a week I’ll go on the treadmill and see how far I can go before lowering the speed to 6km/hour and walking.
I have about two and a half months before the Mother’s Day run. I can get fit enough, right?