Yep, I’m doing a Half-Marathon this year. Am I mad? Only a little… Why? Because I love a good challenge. I’ve had many people tell me that the half is their favourite distance so I’m hoping I feel the same!
I recently did a poll on twitter asking if I should create a separate blog just for my running/fitness updates and well, the results were surprising to say the least. I’d always thought that my fitness posts weren’t too popular…
It's most likely going to happen but wanted to check… Would it be better if I made a new blog solely for running/training updates/reviews?
— Katie Louise (@Katehlouise) January 2, 2017
I know it’s half and half but I figured you know, this blog is about my life and my fitness is a huge part of it so for now the updates will be on here. Fear not, if running doesn’t interest you then I won’t be doing a weekly update. It’s more for things that stand out in my training, things I’m struggling with or things that are helping me.
I will probably still end up writing weekly running-related posts but they’ll be more varied and not just updates! I’ve got all the fun of running for a continuous 2 hours, trying new kit, testing run-safe foods and braving the cold weather to come!
Starting The Long Runs
Yesterday I did my first ‘long run’ of my training plan. The plan I’m doing is working with time, rather than mileage, and I think this is the best way to go really. This long run called for 50 minutes, and whilst that isn’t long to some, I know it sounds like a marathon to others. For me, I know I can run this long – I have done so many times before – but it was the first time I had in a good few weeks.
Overall the run felt really good. I started strong, had a little wobble at 25 minutes with pins and needles but then finished the next 25 minutes strong too. My breathing felt absolutely fine though and I actually finished feeling really optimistic about this upcoming half.
I am fully expecting this half to take me over two hours so I’ve obviously still got a way to go with these long runs. Just over 10 weeks to go now, and I know I should have started my training earlier but you know, it’s totally doable. Posting about my training regularly will hopefully keep me motivated over these cold months! If you have a Strava account I’d love to follow! I’m not entirely sure how you share profiles but mine is here (I think!)