Getting your times down!
When I ran for the first time I was quick to wonder what a good time was. I mean running a 5km race and finishing with 30minutes on the clock seemed a great start. When I started to my mates it my bubble quickly burst and it became clear that I should be taking 5 to ten minutes off this.
So what is a good time and how do I go about reducing it?
First thing I need to look at is what runs through my head when I am running. Someone once told me to have a mantra running through my head. Maybe my choice of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Antidisestablishmentarianism and Defenestration was not snappy enough. Shorter words should lead to a faster stride! So next time out I will try run, train, win!
Alternatively: I hate treadmills!
This is because the next part of my gain speed plan is to train harder and get that time down.
Previously my plan was to trundle out for a five 5km on a Saturday morning, and do some impressive workout skips during the week, possibly mixed up with a run to the pub or a cheeky pizza.
Its clear that my workout needs a little modification. So the first step is to make sure that I do at least 4 workouts a week. I will keep my 5km on a Saturday, and add in a longer 10km on a sunday and two treadmill sessions during the week. Both of between 7-8Km
Problem is treadmills are so dull!
What can be don to spice up my treadmill workout? First is a decent playlist. At the moment I am addicted to my Spotify Premium account. They have millions of tracks and I can always find something that suits my mood and actiivy.
Now I am up and running on my machine of hell, its good I can feel myself getting faster. The music is good, and I am watching the world go by.
Its time to dig deep. Keep my new mantra ticking over, force the legs, keep the arms working send a quick reminder to the heart that team Mike is going to need plenty of oxygen filled blood moving to my extremes!
While I am raring along on my treadmill my mind starts to wonder, I can imagine myself on the track picturing the new personal best times. This is the motivation I need, the feeling of improving, getting faster and more efficient.
One thing that helped early on was a good choice of treadmill. This was harder than I thought. These things are not cheap! I turned to the internet for advice and inspiration. Most of the sites are quite helpful, one site was excellent Optimum Fitness had a huge guide and all the reviews that I needed to make a decision.
With my new treadmill, mantra in place and workout program established I am really making progress against my PB. Bring on the next race! I’m looking forward to smashing my next target.