Getting back into my stride
I consider myself a regular runner, but I worked out that it's actually two months since I last laced up my trainers and headed out. But now the clocks have gone forward, there are more daylight hours in the day for training.
And, of course, I'm running a 10k Race for Life. (Click here for more details ofthe 2013 Race for Life, and to find an event near you.) After a bit of digging around online, I've found some 10k training plans, courtesy of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, one of which - 12-week Intermediate - suits me perfectly. No, I'm not running my 10k in Edinburgh, but you have to find a plan that suits your level of running, your training timescale and your run distance.
So yesterday after work, for my first session - a 15-minute run - I changed into my running gear, packed some outer layers in a rucksack and ran to Victoria station, just under two miles (or just over three kilometres).
The only times I've run in London before have been taking part in runs, on a treadmill in a gym or football training in open spaces. I've never run with a rucksack on before and the jingling of the zips was irritating at first. The rucksack didn't jiggle around too much, which was good. It wasn't as relaxing as a rural run, because I had to pay attention to the traffic and people around me.
Next on my training schedule is a session comprising a five-minute brisk walk, then an easy paced 15-minute run, then another five minutes' brisk walking, which I'll be doing tomorrow.
Are you training for a 5k or 10k? How's it going?
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