This week belonged to the treadmill. Apart from a single game of touch rugby on Monday night (I missed Wednesday’s session because I spend the evening with mates), it was treadmill running all the way. It was great. As much as I like the open road, I find the treadmill more therapeutic — I can just lock into a rhythm, switch my brain off, and just go. Great.
Also, I stepped up my gym work, so it makes long, difficult runs a little bit tough given just how much weight training I’m doing — and am going to be doing — at the moment. The treadmill will continue to dominate my life for a while. But, like I said, I don’t mind.
If you follow my running at all, you’ll have noticed that there’s a glaring lack of a Saturday North Beach Parkrun in my week. There’s a good reason for that: I didn’t do it. And there’s a good reason for that: I left Friday night for a week in Tanzania as part of a media tour. Look out for the story in the Sunday Times in the next few weeks. If you want to check out what I’m seeing, I’ll be posting the occasional (or maybe more than occasional) picture to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Anyway, back to the running.
As this is the last week of the month, it was the last chance I had to clock up as many km’s as I could. I’ve set myself a goal of 100km a month, every month, this year. January was a mission because of taking last week off, but I was still able to reach the target.
Okay, so enough about that. Let’s get to the stuff I learned this week.
I might be becoming a runner — This is scary to me. I hate running. Well, at least I thought I did. Now I look forward to it. It’s really strange for me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve lost weight and it’s no longer as painful (shinsplints hurt me badly). It’s also maybe because I can now run decent distance and decent times. Either way, I’m happy about it.
Stretching is vital — Especially if you’re doing weights and running as part of a programme (and especially on leg day). I take about 5 minutes to stretch before every run, and sometimes longer if I know I’m going a particularly tough route or if I trained legs the day before. After every session I jump into the sauna and stretch there. I find it helps, you might too.
Eat! — I can’t stress this enough. There is nothing worse than running out of energy (read: fuel) midway through a run. It will mess up your entire session. Don’t let that happen.
Anyway, I think that’s enough from me. My next run, should all things go well, will be under the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro. I cannot freaking wait.