This year I originally aimed to complete the 21km Blood, Sweat & Fears course – however, with it being less than a month away, I’m a little scared to do it!
Now that the Crossfit Open WOD’s are over, my main aim is to get back into running again. For over a year now I’ve focused on looks (body building), recovering from injury (back) or increasing strength – regaining my CrossFit fitness/strength.
Now it’s time to get back into running and focus on feeling comfortable running 10kms + , increasing my cardiovascular fitness over distance and then getting my time down. The other week I did park run (5km in 28.38 minutes), and on Sunday did another 5km run (including stairs) in 32 minutes. Ideally, for my 5km pace I’d like to hit 25 or 26 minutes and 10km pace in under an hour.
There is another slightly more selfish reason for returning to running. You see, right now after doing two fitness competitions and building a bunch of muscle, and just spending time at CrossFit I’m feeling a tiny little bit squishy. A few pairs of my shorts are feeling snug, and I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been.
I know when I first moved up here, and was doing CrossFit about four times a week and adding in a run about once a week I was feeling the fittest I’d ever had and looked pretty great too! Here’s a pic from City2Surf Darwin in 2012!
Anyway, on Sunday I went for a run and decided it was going to be my starting point for my new running “journey” to City2Surf Darwin 204 in June! I ran my “usual” course from home, around the waterfront, up the stairs and along the esplanade. It wasn’t too bad of a run for starters.
My plan of attack:
Over the next month and a half I am going to slowly increase my km’s up to around 15km, and focus on improving my speed. I will stick to four CrossFit sessions a week and add in 1-2 runs each week (two at the start). I will also be sticking to pilates once a week and plyo work too.
One of the reasons for getting back into running is to improve my cardiovascular fitness. Yes, CrossFit helps too, but it’s all short bursts of high intensity. Sunday’s run my heart rate average was 179bpm, which is a little high. It peaked when I was running the stairs and increased for my last km when I sped up a little.
There are other benefits too:
- Improving heart strength
- Reduce resting heart rate
- Increase metabolic rate which aids fat loss
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases lung volume and greater work capacity
- Improves toning and overall shape
What is your next fitness goal for the year? What tips do you have for running?
My road to City2Surf Darwin 2014: Following my blog posts and run stats/photos on instagram #alisrunningagain .