I got the runs: Week 3 — 26 Jan – 1 Feb

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.

My runs this week. Lots of treadmill running, which was great.
My runs this week. Lots of treadmill running, which was great.

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.

Pretty much exactly how I owned the treadmill.
Pretty much exactly how I owned the treadmill.

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.

100km reached. January target, check.
100km reached. January goal, check.

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.

So my weight-loss was many years coming, it seems. Just wish I had started taking it seriously a little sooner than I did.
So my weight-loss was many years coming, it seems. Just wish I had started taking it seriously a little sooner than I did.

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.

Happy running,

Matt

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One thought on “I got the runs: Week 3 — 26 Jan – 1 Feb

  1. Sheesh! 100km a month? Phew!
    I’ve just started working at Virgin Active head office, and on our team, I am the sole sedentary lifestyler (new word I just made up – go with it!) – and on Friday my team coerced me into a session of The Grid. I lasted four minutes. That may be laughable to some, but I think to anyone who has set a fitness goal and who works hard at it, you will appreciate the momentous first step. I thought my chest was going to explode as my heart tried desperately to keep me going. I only lasted four minutes but the endorphin rush was phenomenal. The recovery time is a little disconcerting – my back is sore and my left knee is soft, squishy and vulnerable. But the first step has been taken…

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