I have a confession to make …. I don’t like running; it hurts my feet, my legs ache, I struggle to breathe, I’m pretty sure I look like an angry baby when I run (red with a scrunched up face), and I’m insanely jealous of bike riders (they get to sit down and propel themselves forward…Show-offs)! But I’ll level with you – I LOVE the results of running! Running helped shape my body – it leans me down and makes me feel as strong as weightlifting does. And for the past 3 years I’ve participated in one of the largest running festivals on the East Coast of Australia – Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
The festival is held over 2 days in the first weekend of July and on average over 30,000 runners participate over a number of runs: 2km and 4km junior dashes, 5.7km walk/run, 10km run, half marathon and full marathon. The 10km has been my race for the past 3 years and this year I’ll be back again to run the 10km track. I’m hoping to get in under 60 minutes for the 10km – so basically sub 6 min kilometres. My previous race times have been
- 2011 – 1:03 hrs
- 2012 – 1:10 hrs
- 2013 – 1:05 hrs
So it’s not unreasonable to think I could get the time I’m after. However I haven’t run for over 4 months due to a foot injury. I’ve started up running the warm up at crossfit and also running in any of the WODs but I’ve found I get sore muscles around top of my knee on my right side (my left foot was the injured one). I suspect this is due to the ‘good’ leg over-compensating for the ‘bad’ leg. Also I struggle to run longer than 400m without stopping – which is really frustrating. Not to mention I’m just outta sync with my running…It’s almost like I have to teach myself how to run all over again!
Next week my crossfit box is commencing a running club to be held every Friday morning at a beachside location. Of course I’ve signed up for it and I’m aiming to run at least 3 times a week in addition to my crossfit classes up until the race weekend. I’m hoping the runners out there will be able to help me with some tips for what I should be working on with my running. I’ve already downloaded a few running training schedules and I know that I need to include a long run, interval training and some sort of hill training each week but I’m not too sure about the distances I should be aiming for…What do you recommend?