So here’s the thing – I have been a total running slacker for the last few months having dropped out of the Brighton half and full marathon. I’ve not been keeping up with blogs or twitter, but I’m happy to say I am back in the running fold again.
The prospect of running in the alpine trail running camp that I signed up for (in a moment of madness) in June may have something to do with my return! When the reality of what I have signed up for kicked in around about March though, I decided I ought to start training again.
I started out doing a few 5ks every other evening and gradually built up to 8 miles and then 10 miles quite easily (obviously I’ve still got the endurance), but I’ve never really done much running back to back. This is something I am going to have to get used to though as there won’t be much rest in Chamonix! From the sounds of it I’m going to be running at least 8 miles daily at altitude up maahoosive hills (I do love a good hill though – yes I know I am bonkers!).
Last weekend was a bit of an experiment – on Friday (above) I managed a reasonably quick (for me) 5k around my usual route.
Saturday was an absolutely glorious day and I met up with a friend of mine for a run around the South Oxfordshire countryside. We managed a nice easy 7k run followed by a leisurely walk (probably about 5 miles tops).
Sunday I clocked up another 5k, this time much slower due to a horrendous stitch.
Yesterday I also squeezed in another 5k (with another stitch!).
Today is my rest day and my legs are feeling really good. In fact I’ve felt so inspired I’ve even updated my running events page!
The bit I am really struggling with though is getting my nutrition right. I can’t eat less than 3 hours before a run, but I have to eat quite frequently or I lack energy. Any tips for how to keep your energy levels up without eating something too stodgy that’s going to give me a stitch? My post run routine is working well and I love my protein shake (Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey double chocolate).
I think my metabolism has gone through the roof again as I am always hungry and cold at the moment!