Thursday, 19 March 2009

getting back into the swing (run?) of things



it's time to get cracking! since i've returned from Kili, I've had a well deserved rest (six days) and then it was back to action.

strangely enough for me, i've been enjoying my runs a little more, and even managed to endure a spinning class without getting out of breath! so it seems Kili did a little more than just induce a distaste for men in board shorts.

i've decided it was time for focus, and have signed up for a smallish 10k run through Hyde Park next month, organised by the the British Heart Foundation, you can find out more here

I found the event using a great tool, courtesy of the Runners World website, where you can enter a few details and they'll suggest running events for you. you will need to register on the site prior to using the function, but it's free and quick to register. they also have a fnatastic forum, which is really helpful for answering questions about running generally, and also questions about events...

i find working towards an event gives me focus, which is often more of a mental focus than a physical one. running for me has always had a 'whats the point of this' side, because i don't tend to enjoy it half as much as other sports, so knowing i have an event in the pipeline satisfies that inevitable question.

so, my aim for this next 10k, is to sub 60 (which is fancy talk for running quicker than one hour!) i'll have to run 4 minutes faster than my previous 10k to achieve this, but i'm hoping my newfound Kili cardio strength might help me out...




5 comments:

Lisa said...

Darl, i'm officially down for the London Parks half mara in October. Here i come! x

al said...

did i mention yipppppee! bring on the half (and the parks!) Which park is it?

al said...

p.s. an update to the 10km run - have been booked for work on this day so am not going to be able to do it. am very disappointed - but have the super sprint now to focus on, so all is not lost!

Kait said...

Hi there. I am a fellow tri-virgin, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. I thought I'd drop you a note as I stumbled across your profile googling Kili and tris - it seems we have an awful lot in common! I also have no idea why the tri bug has caught me, but will be attempting my first Olympic in May and a half-Ironman in June. I've run a marathon and a few halfs (started running last year) so not exactly experienced, and really just an average person in terms of fitness. My big goal last year was also to break the 60min 10km! Now I'm working up the 57min barrier... Just got married and we're planning a trip to climb Kili in August, or maybe December. I appreciated your honest blog notes about the climb - reminded me that being in good physical shape is not enough to make it to the top.

Anyhow - best of luck in your challenges. Drop me a note sometime if you fancy an international "training buddy".

Off for a long ride in the rain (ugh).

Kait
kaitem18@google.ca

al said...

hey kait! thanks for your post :) 57 mins sounds absolutely brilliant (and a rather long way off for me!) are you blogging your journey at all?