**Disclaimer: I wrote this post last weekend with intentions of actually getting to my track sessions this week – but then life happened! But even still, I really do love my track and coaching sessions, so I am posting this regardless. I did get out and run this week – on my own (well, with hubby) and I am pleased to say I can actually run for as long as my coach wants me to run – so something is working! Anyway, here is today’s post:
I have really enjoyed having a running coach, and over above Coach Dave, meeting the fellow runners he coaches. There are many benefits to having a coach but here are the things I have noticed that have helped me and my running the most:
Accountability: There is someone meeting you 3 days a week at the track, and he is watching you run.
The Support: Besides coach Dave, the rest of the runners, even though they are all on their own journeys and most of them are strong runners, they are incredibly supportive. Even though they lap me countless times, they are always running past saying things like “looking good, Meg! Keep it up Meg! Nice one Meg!” It’s amazing knowing that others have your back, they want to see you succeed in reaching your goals, even if there’s are so much greater.
You get your training in: With set meet ups 3 days a week, if you can get there and run those days – your training is done.
Advice and experience: Some of these runners have won races, others have run further, or longer than you, they come with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and trust me, you would be a fool not to listen to them. Even if their journey is different to] yours, their experience can help you achieve your own goals.
Friendship: This in my opinion in the biggest benefit. I have met some great people through this running experience and best of all, I get to call them my friends now because we share similar walks of life – we are all trying to run, and get better and we can relate to each other, share our experiences and support each other to reach our own goals.
What motivates you most to keep running to your goals?
I love winter, I love snuggling and keeping warm in bed – but the downside to winter is getting yourself out of bed! Here are some of things I do to help me wake up and get going, especially for those days when going back to bed just feels like the better option.
Caffeine: nothing like a cuppa java to get you up and keep you going!
Breakfast: it’s the most important meal of the day, and a little bit of protein helps you to wake up
Exercise: strange but true, a bit of movement (a walk, a run, go to the gym) it helps to get the endorphin’s going and wakes you up
Wash your face: a bit of water on your face, and I find, some cold water on your wrists, helps to wake you up.
Sing out loud: I love to sing. I sing badly, and only around family J but I love to sing on the way to work, I feel like it lightens my mood and makes me smile.
What helps you get out of bed on a cold winters day?
Here’s a little known secret, running is easy. Yip, you heard it right here, running is easy. Our bodies are naturally built to run. It’s free, you literally need to rely on your body, and it does the rest for you. So what’s so hard about running then? Starting to run, finding the time to run, and actually running. That’s the hardest part.
Even if your body is fully functioning, and you are able to run, the hardest part is actually doing it.
This past week, I battled to find the time, things were hectic, our fridge died in the middle of the week, so I was left scrambling to save food that had defrosted. Traffic was hectic leaving work and I got home late a few nights. Then on the weekend, I felt ill and wasn’t able to run. In general, I have used up every excuse in the book – barring the dog at my training plan.
Time. If you are able to teach me how to find more of it – please share. The hardest part to running for me is finding the time to run, and actually doing it.
Everyone knows I have big goals for this year – to run my first marathon, a 42km, is the biggest goal of all but I also have goals in terms of PB (personal best) times for different race distances. I would love to beat my current PB for some race distances I have previously done.
5km: My PB for a 5km is 37min, I would love to crack 35min!
10km: I haven’t beat this time since 2014! My best 10km time is 1hr 12min – I would love to make it a nice rounded 70min (1hr 10min).
21km: As race distances go, 21km are tough – You can never compare your race times for 5km/10km and use that a a realistic goal for what your 21km could be. My best 21km time was for my first 21km, the Gerald Fox in 2014, and I really think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was well trained for it (I also didn’t know what to expect!). I would love to do a 21km in 2hrs 40min.
42km: heck, I just want to finish within the 6hr cut off!!