I wasn’t quite sure how the first week new plan would go. Would I actually be able to breathe? Would my IT band flare up again? Would I be brave enough to go out in the cold and dark to fit a run in around work?
Yes, I could breathe (finally kicked the Contiki cough after antibiotics and an inhaler).
No, my IT band fared okay. I stretched and used the heat pack.
And yes, I headed out despite the chilly and dark weather we have been having. Really, this is always going to be easier after running in the snowy Copenhagen winter!
Goal for the week: simply getting out there and spending some time on the pavement.
Monday – 4km, 24min 30 sec. Happy to make it through without stopping! Ran with the triathlete so took a slightly different path to my usual, but still ended up along the waterfront.
Wednesday – 4km, 22min 30 sec. I’ll take that as a 2-minute improvement on the previous 4km run! I did this one alone too so was pleased I could maintain a reasonable pace by myself. We had planned to run by my work building but a last minute work event changed those plans. I was pretty impressed I ran after getting home, but was determined to stick to my plan.
Thursday – indoor netball as always!
Saturday – managed a 4km run/walk early in the morning while my car got serviced. Also managed to chat to my Mum on the phone for part of it… Perhaps that was why it was harder…
Sunday – headed out to a park in a nearby suburb which had a track through some fields. Totally overestimated the size of the park, we were finished our loop less about 2km. Stomach was playing up so we headed to St Heliers for some ice cream ( to resolve said tummy issues… I’ll pretend anyway) and then I headed out again once home for a run around the block to take me to 4km. Ended up just walking but I enjoyed the sunshine!
I’d definitely recommend The Village Co-op for delicious ice cream if you are in the neighbourhood, there might just be a little bit of a wait (chocolate sticks or mini gingerbread men in the ice cream totally make up for it though!).
All in all a first week I with happy with. I struggled a bit near the end of the week, but still got out there each day as planned.