I have recently re-discovered my running mojo after losing it for a while, and have entered a half marathon in September - so I have plenty of time to train for it, but would like to start increasing my distance on long run day.
The thing is, I've moved house since the last time I was training - and I lived in an inner city area last time so it was fairly easy to plan my routes. Now I live in a more rural area with lots of country roads and no pavements and am finding it a bit tricky!
I hit gold with my first attempt and have a regular 6 mile route - but when I tried my first longer one it was a bit of a disaster, and quite a big part of it involved me diving into the hedge at the side of the road every time a car came as I didn't realise there wasn't even a grass verge!
I now have a 9 mile route too (completely by accident as I had to change plans due to similar problems!)
Before, when I was running in the city, I was able to add in laps to lengthen my routes slightly as and when required, but it's impossible now as most roads round here take me out into the arse end of nowhere - although the scenery is much prettier!
Does anyone have any tips on planning good routes when surrounded by country roads?
I am about to embark on a mission to chase down my running mojo and not let it get away from me again! It kept on going after I finished my half marathon last September and I haven't seen it since!
I LOVED running. I started from nothing and trained up to complete my first half marathon last year. I finished it a very respectable (for me anyway!) 2:10 - but then the buzz wore off, I came down with man-flu, and everything went to pot really. Add a terrible year to the mix (neighbour problems, moving house...) and I've really let it slide.
I have gone from running 4 times a week, around 25 miles in total - to once a week if I really make an effort.
Now the weather's getting cooler I really want to enjoy running like I used to!
Last night I went for my first run in a month - 6 miles straight away probably wasn't the best idea after a break, but although it hurt a bit I did it and actually enjoyed it! My untrained legs are NOT thanking me for it today though.
So I've decided - instead of trying to jump straight back in with the sort of distances I used to (which I think is where I've been going wrong), I'm going to start a bit smaller, and maybe do a couple of 5k runs a week with a longer one on a Sunday and see how I go.
I've moved to a new area so I'm quite excited to explore new routes - and with no pressure feeling I'm not running far enough (so might as well not run at all as I was telling myself before!)
Wish me luck - and does anyone have any idea where I packed the Garmin charger when I moved?
First bit of news from me - I passed my driving test yesterday!
It's sort of running-related too, as it meant that I could get to a free training session in preparation for the half marathon at the running club this morning (it started at 9.30 and would have taken at least 45 mins by public transport - a 10min drive though!)
It was really useful - and we did a threshold running session afterwards, and I've decided to start incorporating some of it into my morning runs. I can also run further in the mornings now as it will be quicker for me to get to work as I can just drive myself!
The man doing the session has trained with Paula Radcliffe, and his "easy pace" for his long runs is 6m/m..... I don't think I'll ever be that fast however much threshold training I do!
Ooo I can do the odd Parkrun too now, as I'm actually able to get there! (It's actually very near to the driving test centre funnily enough)
Hope everyone is still running - I did my normal route with Mr Cheetah this evening, but it was really hard going after the session this morning. I'm thinking of driving somewhere tomorrow and doing my long run somewhere else for a change of scenery - just cos I can! I need a coolbag for the car for water supplies i think....