I absolutely love the Olympics and the Summer of Sport. It’s by far my favourite sporting event and although it only lasts a mere 14 or so days, it leaves me feeling inspired, motivated and determined to do something extraordinary…long after the games have finished.
Now that I have decided to run a half marathon, the frequency and distance of my runs has increased and upping the intensity means that it takes a little longer to recover. The key to half marathon prep is consistency, and although you may be tempted to quadruple your mileage in the first week of training, it’s only going to end in painful shin splints. Slow and steady wins the race and recovering after each run is just as important as the run itself. If done properly, the recovery process will allow you to sleep more, eat more and rest more whilst running faster and stronger than ever.
As a bid to stay injury free during my half marathon training, here is how I recover after a run.
As I become older and further my career, taking time out being able to “switch off” is becoming more and more important. In the past it’s not something that I have managed well, but as I develop person so does my ability to be able to switch off from the working and tune back into my world.
I am running the Amsterdam half marathon! Yes, this is Tashi talking and not some long distance running enthusiast. It’s me, the middle distance runner who fears running further than 10km. But here I am, facing my fears and booking my first half Marathon.
I think Monday is collectively the most hated day of the week because of what it stands for, the end of the weekend and the start of the working week. I’ve just returned from Kos and as I start my morning commute to work, the only thing that will remain of my holiday is my tanned skin. The beach, relaxed mentality and lazy days are all a distant memory. But that doesn’t mean that my Monday has to be a complete disaster.
Monday does mark the end of what is a usually fun weekend, but with it comes a new week filled with opportunities. If you dread waking up on Monday morning before the sun has even set on Friday evening, you are not alone but making a few changes to your attitude and routine could help you to start the week on a more positive note and here’s how.
I have been in Kos since Saturday and I have worked out every day but I have indulged every day too. I have unashamedly eaten bread; pancakes covered in Nutella and chocolate cake in one sitting (breakfast, interestingly enough) and still rocked a bikini afterwards!
Yesterday’s track session with Nike Run Club saw us complete 24 x 200m fast runs. As I stepped onto the track I was dreading every minute of it as I inched towards the track. 24 X 200m meters sounded like a mountain that I couldn’t climb and didn’t want to climb. But as our legs started to tick over it became a easier because my attitude towards the run had changed. When I usually step on the track I feel alive, like an athlete walking towards glory. But last night was different, I had a long day at work and I had to make the conscious effort to regain my positive running attitude in order to absolutely annihilate every meter.