Thanks for the advice Tim and PTD. I normally have a 1-2 mile warm up with a few strides thrown in. I'm going to go and have a practice run in the week and see how I go by slowing down the first mile by 10-20 seconds.
Just about managed to keep super speedy son in sight for most of the parkrun but no PB for me! In fact me and the other half have a difference of opinion about how you should run our parkrun as it has a steepish downhill section from the start and then an overall downhill 1st mile, followed by 2 flattish miles. He thinks you should do a very fast first mile and then try to hang on but I think you should even out the effort over the 3 miles. I've tried his way and fail pretty much every time! What do you lot think? To give you an idea my splits today were 6:57, 7:44, 8:03. I think I would do better to aim for say a 7:10 first mile then 2 miles at 7:20 pace.
I didn't know there was such a thing as a 'ladies' press up.
Vicky, I think they're supposed to be easier because the chair is taking some of your body weight....! I started off doing about 5 but can now do 2 sets of 20 so they must work! That's taken approx. 6 weeks of doing them 2-3 times a week. Like you, I've been trying to change my running style but also improve my core strength and the press ups are just part of that. I'm definitely starting to feel stronger when I'm running but I'm not sure whether that's down to the exercises, the change in running style or all the hill work I've been doing - maybe a combination of all three?!
Nicole - not sure if you are keeping up with the thread while you're in Hawaii but thought you might like to know (and laugh at!) that I did my first ever 'proper' press up last night! Just one! I've been working up to it for a while by doing 'half' press ups with my lower legs resting on a chair!