Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For The Journey: June Running Updates

Since running is now a much bigger part of my life- you can read about the challenge I have set myself to raise money for Cancer Research HERE, I wanted to find a way to document my running progress a bit more regularly than I have done previously. I also don't want Chloe Likes To Talk to read solely as a fitness or running blog- however big a part of my life it's becoming.

1. I started a running page in my Project Life album
I started Project Life earlier this year as my parents were able to bring me back some materials from the States where it's a bit cheaper. I wanted to find a way to collate the saved tickets, postcards and pictures (I had LOADS of my Instagram pictures printed) from the last couple of years and have decided to carry it forward. I don't do it by week month or year, but by event or 'section' of my life, from new jobs and homes to partying hard and and places I've been.

2. After getting injured in May (you can read my whining about it HERE) it's been a slow start to June trying to incorporate proper strength training into my routine for rehab and prevention of further injury. It was stupid of me to ignore it in the first place so now I'm paying for it.

3. I joined a 'Running Club'
I spend a lot of time working up in Cambridgeshire and in a bid to meet some new people and get out a bit more I signed up for a 6 week course that focuses on strength, balance, pace and speed as opposed to going out for a run once a week. For £20 it is great value for money and also a pre-requirement for the 'Club' which is coming in September (1 skills session, 1 run session per week for the year).

I feel strangely disappointed in this after my first 10km. I don't know if I enjoyed it or not. I wouldn't do it on my own next time.

4. 11.6 down, 88.4 to go!
I did the Amba Hotels City of London Mile this month, which was fun, if wet and the Nike #werunlondon 10km at Victoria Park in blistering sunshine as one of 10,000 women. The 10km was... enlightening. I wish I'd had a friend with me, as they were trying hard for a party atmosphere, which as a lone ranger, I struggled to get into. I followed my training app of 4:2 mins run:walk and came out a little disappointed because I'd aimed to be able to run the full 10km, but was undertrained thanks to injury. So overall- a mixed experience.

Race Days

5. The trainer conundrum- post injury, I realised I needed to invest some time and effort into finding *the ones* -the right trainers. My foot rolls inwards a little bit when I run (over pronation) and therefore  started the hunt for a pair of trainers to help. Whilst I LOVE my Helly Hansen trainers, they weren't quite right, so when the opportunity to have a completely free fitting done by the Mizuno team recently (part of the Race Village at the Amba Hotels City of London Mile), I went and had my feet prodded and poked and ended up with these babies. They even came in green!

Lastly- on Monday my grandfather had surgery to remove the tumor from his jaw and subsequently reconstruct it with a bone graft. It was a long day for all of us as we waited to hear news but we were delighted to hear that the surgeons were very pleased with the whole process and they are confident they got everything whilst in there. It's the beginning of a long road to recovery for Roger, but with the first hurdle cleared it's a huge reminder of what I'm running for. I believe that research is the key to even better survival and detection rates for cancer and if you would like to sponsor my challenge to run 100 competitive kilometres in 12 months in aid of Cancer Research, you can do so HERE


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