So I sat down and had a long hard think about things are thought about what it was that I really wanted, what my goals were... I had written that in 12 months time I wanted to run a half marathon . I have always wanted to get more into running...on my 101 goals in 1001 days list I wrote a few years ago I said that one of my goals was to Fall in love with running, and while I won't tick that one off as achieved just yet I realised that I need to refocus my exercise goals.
So I got realistic and have decided to change my exercise plan and move slightly away from the 12wbt plan for me, I consulted my good friend Google and looked for half marathon running programs for the treadmill.. I am not a massive fan of running outside (I know I know!) and given that it's now officially Winter in Toowoomba I know it's not going to happen! It's cold and miserable and foggy and just downright yuck! I came across a few blogs and websites that discuss the topic and like everything it has it's pros and cons. I find for me, running on the treadmill has many more pros than cons
- I can do it rain, hail or shine
- I find I am more likely to run for longer and not stop on a treadmill
- I keep a steady pace
- I have a treadmill sitting in my lounge room with a perfect view of the telly
- I don't have to leave the house
So my google search has given me some great training plans and tips on running training on the treadmill, the main one being to up the incline to at least 1. So on Saturday I kicked it off with a 4km run, I set my incline to 1, my speed to 7.6 and then upped it during the last kilometre and completed the 4kms in 30 minutes and 35 seconds! I was SO stoked with that! Without having any data to prove it I am confident this was a PB! Would love to get that down to 5km in half an hour but baby steps!
Would love to hear from anyone who has completed a half marathon about your training programs and times!
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT!