Training Log: 24/11/2014 to 30/11/2014

Not a bad week considering all the running and activity I was doing!

Monday 24th November
Monday’s are my short/slow runs because I also have a one hour workout with my trainer the same day; today was weights and the first time I managed to complete all the reps of all the sets. Yay!
Distance: 3.08km
Time: 26:44

Tuesday 25th November
Tuesdays will be a longer run, 6k for now…simply because I can!
Distance: 6.20km
Time: 52:45

Thursday 27th November
During the week I decided to try for an 8k run on Saturday, so today instead of the planned 6k I went 4.
Distance: 4.05km
Time: 34:45

Saturday 15th November
I learned a lot from today’s run, about how I want to prepare myself for a ‘long run’ and what not to do! Still ended up running 5 miles in a good time, except that I did have to stop and rest a couple of times. Very happy with myself for doing it though! It can only get better from here! In addition to my run I did a one-hour workout with my trainer, concentrating on weights.
Distance: 8.02k
Time: 1:07:46

With a total mileage of 21k, it was a good week all around, I’m really pleased with my progress…long may it continue!


Training Log: 17/11/2014 to 23/11/2014

This week was an interesting one because I was trying to run 6k but kept messing up my route and getting my distances wrong. Very frustrating but ultimately ended well!

Monday 17th November
Today was a recovery run so I kept it short and slow.  I also had a one hour workout with my trainer, doing weights and pilates.
Distance: 3.15km
Time: 26:49

Wednesday 19th November
Today I wanted to try for 6km. I thought I knew my usual route well enough to hit my target, so I was very surprised and disappointed that I hadn’t. I was also a lot slower than usual but that wasn’t on purpose. I guess I was still in recovery mode!
Distance: 5.48km
Time: 47:43

Friday 21st November
Trying for 6km again, I accidentally ran further! I also ran faster, and ended up with a negative split! All this on about an hours sleep as I’d had insomnia the night before!
Distance: 6.48km
Time: 54:53

Saturday 15th November
A lot of walking around today as I was quite busy, but I don’t count that towards my training log. I did have a one hour workout with my trainer, doing 45 minutes weights and pilates and 10 minutes spinning.
Distance: 6k (spinning)
Time: 10:06 (spinning

My plan for the next few weeks is to keep fit for the Donore Harriers Jingle Bell 5k in December, and to keep working towards my distance and time goals.

Perpetually moving the goalposts

I’m the kind of person who likes to stack my goals; I line them up so when I achieve one, I have another goal waiting in the wings. I do this in all aspects of my life; personal, professional, and now physical.

In the simplest of terms, I like to always have something to reach for so I am always moving the goalposts.

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Training Log: 10/11/2014 to 16/11/2014

This week was one of the highlight weeks of my year! Running a sub-40 5k was a big achievement for me and I am still beaming for the joy of it!

Monday 10th November
A planned 5k for me today, last one before my race on Saturday. I felt good, strong and energetic but I still ran it fairly slowly. I admit this was NOT a boost to my confidence for Saturday’s race and my target time!
Distance: 5.10km
Time: 44.50

Wednesday 12th November
Last run before Saturday’s race. A slow and easy 3k.
Distance: 3.37km
Time: 28:45

Thursday 13th November
One hour workout, weights (upper body/arms) and core work. No spinning as I wanted to save the legs for Saturday.

Saturday 15th November
A very busy day in terms of activity! The highlight was the race, and running it in my target time (race report here)! I then walked home from the race and also had a one hour workout with my trainer (45 minutes weights/core + spinning).
Distance: 5km + 5km (walk) + 6k (spinning)
Time: 38.29 (PB!) + 50 mins (approx) + 10mins

Next week: recovery and trying out some advice on running a faster pace!

A Nemesis no Mo! Smashing a sub-40 5k at the Dublin MoRun!

A year ago this weekend I ran my first ever race, the 5k Mo Run. You can read my race report if you want, and you’ll see that I was pretty nervous for the race, but also excited. I ran/walked that race in 46:15.

This year I decided to run the 5k again, for nostalgia mostly but also to hit a target time that thus far, I have been unable to hit.

I wanted to run 5k in under 40 minutes.

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Training Log: 3/11/2014 to 9/11/2014

This was a kind of up and down week for me but in the end all is well and I feel good!

Monday 3rd November
After a fantastic rest day on Sunday I was ready to start the week with another early morning run! Felt myself lagging a bit and noticed my hamstring feeling a bit strained so, it was a bit of a struggle!
Distance: 5.08km
Time: 44.20

Wednesday 5th November
Nothing special about today, although I went for a shorter run as I felt I was overdoing it a bit lately. I’ve been foam rolling and stretching though.
Distance: 3.11km
Time: 27:42

Friday 7th November
Back to 5km today which felt really good.  I also went for a 4k walk afterwards! (long story!). Hamstrings seem fine, thankfully!
Distance: 5.12km + 3.97km (walk)
Time: 43:08 + 42.50

Saturday 8th November
35 minute spinning session + 20 minutes abs workout.
Distance: 18.4km (spinning)
Time: 35:56

Training Log: 27/10/2014 to 01/11/2014

This was a really brilliant week for my running and motivation.  I watched and cheered at the Dublin Marathon, and also ran a 5 mile PB.  All the activity this week was a real boost to my confidence and determination!

Monday 27th October
Today was the Dublin Marathon, and I ended up walking over 10km as I cheered at various spots around the city. With the walking and standing I was on my feet for over 7 hours, but it was worth it as the buzz from the race was amazing! It’s always such a inspiration to cheer at the marathon!
Distance: 10.1km
Time: 2.30.00

Tuesday 28th October
I wasn’t planning to run this morning, after the day of walking and standing previously. But I was in such a good mood and woke up early anyway, I thought what the hey!
Distance: 5.02km
Time: 44.25

Thursday 30th October
Another early morning run, nothing special to report. A little slower than usual though.
Distance: 5.33km
Time: 46.43

Saturday 1st November
Long run today, planned for 8km. Up early to fuel and hydrate, out the door early. Ended up PB’ing my 5 mile time by 3.06 minutes, and ran my first ever negative split.
Distance: 8.03km
Time: 1:08:06

Also, did a one hour workout, doing pilates and light weight lifting focusing on my arms and back.

A little something extra I’m adding to my blog

I decided to start posting a weekly log of my running and training.  I’ve started doing that on a running forum I post on, and I thought I might as well post it to my blog as well. As I said on the forum, I’m starting this training log both as a way to remind myself of where I’ve been and focus on where I’m going with my running goals, and also maybe to help motivate and inspire others who might have a similar story to mine.

Feel free to read, or ignore, my training logs, which I hope to post every Saturday or Sunday. Last week’s log will follow in my next post.

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