Don’t worry…I’m not hurtling from one training cycle to another!! I’m taking a few weeks to breathe, wallow and re-energise. This past week, since the excitement of the Oakland 5k, I’ve been out running for fun. I ran on Tuesday and Wednesday, I’m hoping to run this morning (I scheduled this post yesterday). And then tonight we’re leaving Charlie to the cat-sitter, flying to Florida for a few days, meeting the Husband’s family and setting sail on a Caribbean cruise! I cannot wait!
Whilst we’re on our cruise, I’m hoping to run every day on the treadmill or on the running track on the top deck. Not because I’m Type A-ing but because it’s very easy to put weight on during a cruise (apparently people often put on 10 lbs over a fortnight) and I want to stay healthy and fit! The husband wants to do some spin classes too for Ironman training so I might take advantage of Ramsden babysitters and join him where possible. So basically the goal is to chill out, sleep a lot, hang out with my family, keep my fitness up, not disembark looking like a tub of lard and to be ready and excited to train…for the Danville 10k.
This is my next goal race, the Danville 10k on May 28th and my goal is a big one…49.59! My current PR pace is 8.10 – this new goal would require a pace of 8.00 so it’s a big step for me. I felt like my 5k goal in Q1 was achievable…this one, I don’t know if it is, but I’m going to give it my best shot and see what happens!
There’s a number of learnings from my Q1 training that I’ll be taking into this next cycle.
- One focus. Q1 had three different focusses. Jan – speed for parkrun, Feb – distance for Post Oak, March – speed for Oakland. It was fun to switch things up but I don’t think it was ideal. For this quarter, all my efforts are going into speed for Danville.
- 8 weeks. 12 weeks is too long for this girl to train for a short distance. I lose focus. So I’m planning an 8 week cycle which starts whilst we’re away cruisin’!!
- Limiting sugar. I gave up sugar for Lent (I’ll post about that another day) and it was awesome for my health, my weight, my skin and my mental attitude to food. I do NOT want to go back to that sugar addiction, so I’m setting a very strict rule of 2 sweet treats per week.
- Limiting wine. I did substitute sweet treats for bread and wine. I don’t have a particular problem with that but I probably went a little overboard, so I’m going to set myself a limit of drinking wine on 3 nights per week at the very most.
- Eat like an athlete. I’m reading ‘Racing Weight’ at the moment and it’s really thought-provoking about eating like an athlete. I want to work on my attitude to food over this training cycle and see it as fuel for my running.
- Core fitness. I did very little on my ‘abs’ goal in Q1. I only saw an improvement because of overall weight loss. I want to be serious about core work now, not so much for ‘flashy abs’ but for strength.
So that’s the plan…I’m super excited about it and ready to try to crush Danville. But for now, the beach and ocean await! See ya!