I’m sure you all remember Sarah and her great post about starting the C25k program earlier this year. Well, she’s only gone and finished it, and run THREE 5k races already! I can’t wait to hear her couch to 5k review, so take it away Sarah!
I’m back! Thanks so much to Pam again for letting me share my story here. I hope it helps even one of you reading to get hooked like me (spoiler alert!)
You guys, it’s been such a long time since I posted here about my first ever run I can’t quite believe how much has happened in that time. Are you ready for a rundown of 8 weeks in one go? Let’s get into it then.
We’re nearly into May, and comfortably back into running season. Now that I’ve got my first half marathon out the way, it’s a good time to think about all the other races I’m doing this year. I’ve signed up for a lot so far!
My 2016 Race Calendar: The Road to NYC Marathon
Nashville Rock’n’Roll 5k: April 30th
Considering that I haven’t run in two weeks due to injury, and the weather is looking so rocky that I’m getting warnings my flight may be affected, this one is in danger of not happening! I’d hoped to run my first ever sub-30 5k on this race, but now I’m aiming to just be able to run it after having some severe issues with my knee and hamstring. Fingers crossed!
This weekend brought my favourite 10k of the race calendar. The Scotland Run 10k takes place each spring in Central Park, and brings in huge crowds and a great atmosphere – and a great theme! I’ll take any excuse to celebrate my home country of Scotland, especially since I don’t get to visit as often as I’d like. I was wearing every piece of Scotland themed clothing I owned, and was really excited for this race.
This weekend saw the NYRR Spring Classic 10k in Central Park, bringing the first race of spring and my first 10k of the year. There really is something magic about running in Central Park, especially when the weather is fresh, the sky is blue and the energy among the runners is high. This run was extra special too, because my dad was visiting from Scotland for the weekend and he ran the race too!
Half marathon training update time! I’ve just reached the end of week 6, which means I’m half way through my training plan already! I have 6 weeks left before the More/Shape half marathon in Central Park, and I’ve hit the point where the long runs really start stacking up the miles. Time to really get serious about this!
You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing the weekly weight loss progress anymore, and that’s because I think a monthly update is a better frequency – it gives me more time to blog about other things that are a little bit more interesting! That being said, I’ve had a busy month so we’re overdue a progress check. Since I returned from vacation, I have been working on my half marathon training plan and trying to get up to speed for my epic year of racing (and my first marathon!)
A BIG marathon based update
So I talk a lot about running the NYC marathon. I’ve relentlessly plugged my marathon plans on the blog, I’ve bored my friends to death with my marathon ambitions, and I completed my 9+1 NYRR races last year to get guaranteed entry.
However, this month I’ve taken it one step further and claimed my place! My pocket is lighter to the tune of $220, and I have 9 months to train for what will be the biggest achievement to date in my running adventures.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I did a LOT of running in New York this year. I’ve completed my NYRR 9+1 race/volunteer requirements this year, which means I’ve got guaranteed entry into the 2016 marathon.
Seriously. I’M RUNNING THE FREAKING NYC MARATHON NEXT YEAR
I’m already excited. I’ve never run a marathon before, but I’ve been running short distances for over a year now so I’m ready. It’s time for the next big challenge.
It seems like a good time to do an end-of-year review of my races (only a month late!). Between my running in New York and also in surrounding areas, I’ve completed 19 races in total – nearly 2 a month! It’s been a good year, and going into 2016 I have built a good base to build on with even more challenging goals. With that, let’s recap on my busy running year!
RUNNING IN NEW YORK (AND THE REST): 2015 IN RACES:
Race 1: Scotland Run 10k
4th April 2015: Finishing time 1:16:18, average pace 12:17min/mi
This is my favourite NYRR race in the entire race calendar – although I think I’m the only actual Scottish person to run in it! The Scotland Run is usually my first 10k of the year, spring is in the air and the icy chill of the winter months is starting to subside. Weather is perfect for running at this time and everyone is in great spirits.
I haven’t written a blog post in a few weeks, for a couple of reasons. I’ve been really busy with work, I’ve done some travelling and had a business trip to France which was much more stressful than I expected, and had some personal issues too. All in all, December was a split month for me, in some ways it was not the best month for me, but in other ways it was awesome. However, I did have some successes with running, so all was not lost! I completed two more races since my last post, bringing my 2015 total to 19.
Ted Corbitt 15k, 9th December
It had arrived, the big race. My longest distance of 2015. The race that marked the final cell of my excel-spreadsheet-training-plan. It was an unseasonably warm December morning, which meant a last minute change to my running clothes. Running in one short sleeve tee was a nice novelty for mid-December!
I won’t lie, I’ve not had a great week this week. I’ve tracked all my calories but managed to squeeze in a McDonalds, some pizza and a night out with too many beers. I also attended a Diwali lunch that I really should have said no to because I had no way to track the calories, which goes completely against my plan with this blog. However, the call for Indian food was too strong so I’m afraid I did cheat this week! I tried to track as best as I could but I’m not convinced that I was accurate for that meal.
Let’s just jump straight to the figures…
First things first: The numbers
TDEE = 14896 calories/week (see how I calculated this here)
Deficit needed to lose 1lb/week = 3500
Total weekly calories consumed = 13052
Total weekly calorie deficit = 1844
This is 53% of the calorie deficit I need to lose 1lb, so science says I’ll lose 0.53lbs this week.
What did I actually lose?
Nothing, nada, niente. 1lb back on again.
Weight loss total = 2.7lbs
This is incredibly demotivating. If I’d scrapped this whole initiative and just joined Weight Watchers, I’d have made significantly more weight loss progress by now. I really am trying hard, and the weight doesn’t seem to be coming off. 2.7lbs in 5 weeks is embarrassing.
Is the science wrong? Is the whole calories in < calories out thing too simplistic?
Yesterday I ran the Garden State Plaza 5k, a quick flat race round the perimeter of the largest mall in New Jersey. Not gonna lie, I struggled to add on another 2 miles after the race (as I had 5M in my training plan) – not from exhaustion or injury or laziness, but because a shopping mall doesn’t exactly have anywhere to run!
It was fine when we had the road closed off for the race, but afterwards I resorted to weaving up and down the car park aisles to get my extra distance in. People kept looking at me like I couldn’t find the finish line so had resorted to just running up and down in neat little lines instead. Let’s just say it wasn’t one of my favourites!
Anyway, I digress. One of the supporters had a sign that said ‘Pain is temporary, internet race results last forever’. It made me chuckle, and pushed me on to run that little bit faster as I approached the end of the timed race. When I got home I decided to test the theory – do internet race results really last forever?
To test it out, I searched for results from a 10k I’d walked in 2011, before I’d taken up running as a hobby.