Am really chuffed with the 9 min/mile pace I kept up over 5.5 miles today with the local running club (crystal palace fun runners). And, it felt ok - tough but doable.
And, I didn’t cough up a lung everytime we stopped so my lungs must be repairing themselves from years of smoking (am into my 7th week of quitting).
This gives me more motivation to keep training hard for my 1st 1/2 marathon in September :)
Get me - starting to feel like a proper runner rather than a mere amateur plodder who had to stop every couple 100m to catch a breath.
This time last year I had only just done a 5k Race For Life with no training. So far in 2011 I have been in 5 races (5ks and 10ks) and total distance run so far is 203 miles. The part which really impresses me is that I am enjoying running now. I never thought I could do this.
I’m now into my 7th week of not smoking. Going strong. No physical cravings. Random thoughts of wanting a smoke do still pop into my head but that will probably never fully go away. Just concentrating on all the positives. Mostly this is really helping my running :)
I’ve been picking up the training miles recently (partly as I’m feeling the benefits of quitting smoking 7 weeks ago, partly as I’m done with the 5k and 10k races for now, partly as my 1st 1/2 marathon is only a couple of months away). Been running 3 or 4 times a week and covering at least 20 miles each week.
My legs are starting to feel stronger but they do feel sore! Not all the time but mostly after the sunday endurance run (at least 10 miles). Last week I risked following the 10 miler on sunday with a 5 miler on monday. Gamble paid off as I didn’t injure myself on the monday but decided against gambling again today.
Staying healthy and injury free has to be part of race preparation. I was set to go running today but whilst stetching decided against it.
I’ve knuckled down to the training sessions this week. Partly because I have the British 10K in central london this sunday, and, partly because I finally feel better (cold gone & less congestion) since giving up smoking about a month ago.
Ran from London Bridge to canary Wharf this morning to work. In the rain I might add!
Just checked this week’s training efforts and must pat myself on the back.
- 3 sessions (monday, wednesday and today)
- total distance 14.2 miles (or 22.9 kms)
- pace 00:10:22 per mile (or 00:06:26 per km) - I need to work on this
Bring on the British 10K. Will try my damndest to get a sub-55.
This is my 4th week of not smoking and am going strong. Cravings are getting less frequent and are easily ignored now. I’ve not had to use any nicotine replacements for a couple of weeks now. So all good right? Well…
We do a carbon monoxide reading at our wkly support group. I did have a reading of 10 or 8 as a smoker. Since quitting my readings have been 6-7. 5 should be the max for a non-smoker in London and everyone else in the support group have readings of about 2.
How can I have 6-7?!? Only factor I can think of is that all the running I do exposes me to CO in the London atmosphere and I breath all that in. Really dont know though.
I went running again today and my breathing was hard again (like when I smoked). But I run 30 seconds/km quicker now. Just gotta stick at it and what it out as my lungs continue to clear over the coming weeks. Hard to keep motivated when you still feel like a smoker when you run though :(
Went for another ‘try it and see’ session yesterday with my local running club - Crystal Palace Fun Runners.
5 miles flew by relatively pain free aside from the seemingly continual local hills - urgh! I just kept telling myself its good training, its good training, its good training.
Anyways, I’d recommend this club if you live in SE London. The emphasis is more on participating rather than all out competitive running. Runners of all abilities are welcomed. And the folks are lovely :)
Did Race 4 of my 2011 challenge today - Race for Life 5k around Blackheath Common, SE London.
Day was very warm (28C) so keeping hydrated was a must. Turnout was great - 8500 ladies runnning, jogging, walking the 5K distance. Joan and June walked round in 50 minutes. I ran it in 00:27:57. Not a new PB for me today but glad I made it round as it was so hot!
This is the last of my RFL this year. No break from the racing for me as I’ll be running again next weekend - British 10k though central London, 10th July. Looking forward to this popular roadrace :)
Training update 3rd July
Total distance this year (since 1st March) - 206km or 128 miles
Total time run this year (since 1st May) - 13:16:51