I’ve had a few people ask about my running program so I thought I’d post a post about what I’m doing. Not that it really warrants a fancy name like a “running program”, since it’s all pretty simple. The main issue for me, I guess for most people, is to find something that is hard enough to challenge me but not so hard that I risk getting injured. I’ve found that monitoring the pace I run and making sure that stays within a certain range helps – otherwise I tend to go hell for leather in my shorter runs (and cause myself injuries) but slacken off with my longer runs and end up walking more than running. I used McMillan’s Running Calculator to work out my pace and it’s two thumbs up. I end up finishing my runs feeling like I’ve worked hard but not too hard.
Anyway this is the program, such as it is:
Short runs (5-7 kms) X 2 a week
Longer run X 1 a week.
Dead easy. Then every 4th week I have a recovery week – with a couple of easy runs and a 10 km run on the weekend. The program I had, that I rarely stick to, has a speed/interval session once a week as well but I’ve found it hard to fit that in. I quite like doing intervals but it’s so much harder to organise, needing to have a measured distance rather than just heading off out the door. I tried the other morning, running to St Georges Rd which I thought was 1 km from home. I did it in 3.30 mins so I think I stuffed up my measuring because I definitely can’t run that fast! Over the next few weeks, while I don’t have Monday night classes, I’m going to try to fit them in.
Other than that, I do a couple of gym sessions – cross trainer and bike + weights – every week and try to do a yoga/pilates/body balance class.
Of course this would be far more impressive if I was actually losing weight but I think that’s due much more to my eating habits than exercise.