My new ‘best friend’…

Run10kapp

I was in a quandary – my running buddy (RB) isn’t around for the next few weeks and it’s easy to say that’s okay, I’m too busy anyway, or the weather’s been rubbish… but those are just excuses because being busy is the perfect reason to run.

Running gets me away from sitting at my computer for hours on end, blows away the cobwebs and allows fresh ideas to roll in, and as for the weather, hey, we learnt in bad weather! (Although sometimes it makes sense to give it a miss, running in cooler or wet weather is actually quite good.)

So what to do on my own?  I downloaded a great little app called Run10k by felttip. It’s not the same as having my RB, but it gives me a plan and goals. (Click here to see more). Tried it out on Friday and ran for longer than I would have without it.

If you’ve missed running for 2-3 weeks and don’t need to start from scratch, you can pick up where ever you feel your current ability level is. So as the aim is to run 10k’s after 13 weeks training, you can start at week 5 or 9 if you’re already doing 5 or 7k comfortably but need to do a refresher, or build up your fitness level again.

Choose from a male or female voice to give you the stop/start instructions. Humm, now what am I going to call my new best friend…?

Newbies running for a cause

DivasThis articled ‘Divas on the Run’ takes me back to the beginning of our group learning how to run. It rained every Tuesday and Thursday night for WEEKS when we first started…but everyone turned out in the wet and the dark.

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And it’s a great idea to have a goal to aim for – theirs is to take part in a run at Bonita Lakes on 19th May 2012 to raise funds for Autism. Good on you girls!

Perseverance pays!

Perseverance - not speed!

Perseverance – not speed!

Sunday 19th February was a warm morning – not too hot, with a slight breeze. Several hundred runners gathered for the 16 k, 8 k and 2 mile run. Despite neither my running buddy or a work colleague (who runs like a whippet), being able to make the race, I had decided to go on my own – something I never do!

I met up with runners from different training sessions, and other clubs, and spotted familiar faces in the crowd doing stretching and warm up routines. It’s always a strange mixture of anxiety and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere! Before we know it the starting gun goes off… The ‘undulating’ (yes HILLY) course weaves through picturesque woodland cycle paths near a large lake, and it truly was an enjoyable, if hot and sweaty, run.

And yes, I got another trophy for 2nd place in the 8k run for my age group – which again just proves you don’t have to be fast, just turn up and participate!