As always, today's adventures were shared with Penny and Cassie, my two faithful lurchers. We all thoroughly enjoyed the colours, smells and vibrancy of our 8 mile circuit. Autumn is often refered to as the twilight of life so it seems odd that I use such words as vibrant. But it truly does make me feel alive. The warmth and richness of colours seduce me to drop all chores and surrender myself to the outdoors with wild abandon! The poetry of the scenery is catching!
This was a perfect day to start my new training regime to get back into challenge fitness. I am not going to be blase and assume I am as fit as I was in the summer when I did the Dreadmill 24 hour challenge and Forces March. I also need to change the running style, as previously mentioned and started, from heel strike to forefront. So it was smusing that I should find myself drinking a yummy red merlot made by Barefoot! An omen that training must begin.
Yesterday I sent out a tweet asking for advice on how people would help a novice 47 year old start her running career. It was a reference for myself. The suggestions were all very simple, effective and pertinent. The key elements were to train slowly, drink plenty of water and follow a plan. We often get too set in our ways and forget some of the basic rules which are designed to make us comfortable and stronger.
So I shall be following my Asics online planwhich you can view at any time too. I like this plan as I can set my pace, time to train, when the event is and it works out all the running formulas for me, including taper and warm down. I shall cross train on the rest days doing kettlercise, pilates and swimming. I shall be using home dvds for the Kettlercise and Pilates. I am doing the Reading Half Marathon 17th March for the The British Heart Foundation in memory of Ged so that is my goal. I shall be dressed as the Duck for that. All my other events will be dressed as Debra Butterfly and that will be blogged as Debra's Flutterings.
Food versus refueling will also be reviewed. I shall return back to my old ways to only eat foods that are "real" - completely ditching all of the processed food/drink for natural alternatives. It could be argued that milk is tampered with and that cheese, quorn, tofu, hummus are not real, but essentialy they are pure ingredients with nothing added. I shall be primarily eating more protein than carbs as I want to burn fat. Breakfast will be a hemp protein drink mixed with fresh juice. Lunch will be an avocado, tuna, egg salad with cracked wheat & pulses. Dinner will be meat and steamed vegetables. Just something easy to cook, prepare, transport!
So, today I have done 8 miles with the dogs at a leisurely pace. I did my (youtube) Lunge Matrix first then a (youtube) kettlebell warm up. A good routine to get into to help me with my warm up to running. Tonight I shall do my Guy Noble Kettlercise DVD with a (youtube) pilates cool down and a (youtube) post run yoga stretches.
To improve my forefoot strike I am doing a series of running drills such as these. I am still trying to find the ultimate youtube set. I rely on these because I train better if I have a virtual training partner.
Now, what have you done today?