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Mixing it up


This Janathon has not gone as well for me as the last two. I’ve not run as many miles and for the first time I’ve not run at all on some days. This is partly due to a silly rib injury, the snow and ice, recently having a cold and now a bit of a glute muscle pull. Excuses aside, the main reason is I’m in a rut. My running is feeling stale, plodding out the same old routes at ever decreasing speeds and coasting along in my comfort zone at BMF.

I’ve enjoyed running with friends and have entered plenty of races to have goals and outings to look forward to and keep up my motivation. However I need to change my exercise routine and think a bit smarter about training for my next marathon. I’m also struggling to shift a half stone of excess weight and know that unless I challenge my body with something different and push myself a bit it’s not going to be easy to lose.

I thought about re-joining the gym or getting a personalised running program but in the end I decided to get some 1 on 1 PT sessions where I get pushed and have no opportunities to slack off and go get a coffee. We are going to work on my strength and flexibility, which hopefully along with loosing a few pounds will help me get faster. We’re also going to have a look at my diet and see if I need to make any changes. I know I could do with some help for nutrition when training because I either under eat trying to diet, so can’t run well, or overdo the carb loading and gain weight. (Oops time to write my food diary and own up to all those glasses of wine!)

Janathon day 29. PT session. 1 hour including plyometric exercises and TRX, with no hiding, resting, or excuses, definitely being moved out of my comfort zone.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

6 thoughts on “Mixing it up

  1. I can totally empathise, feel exactly the same about my running at the moment – which is why I am so often gatecrashing Mrs. Motivator’s (Louise) long runs 🙂

  2. You have my sympathies too. I’ve got just over half a stone still to lose – I beat myself up every year about over indulging in the run up to Christmas. Makes running so much harder when you’re carrying extra weight. Good luck !

  3. Bought in motivation works a treat. I swear by it!

  4. I’m right there with you on the running. Had big plans for this Janathon and then illness, school, and work got in the way. Hoping for a better showing next year, or even in June!

  5. But you have done more than most so shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. Good luck with the pt sessions.

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