How Is The Plan Going?
It’s amazing! It’s quite a long plan, obviously you have the option of how many weeks you want the plan to be, and because I was just coming back from my injury I thought it was best to build up gradually. I started repeating week one, two weeks before because I couldn’t wait to get started! So this is my eighth official week.
Since I’ve been doing it, I’ve PB’d at 1 mile, 5k, 10k and I did my second fastest half marathon, and that’s all in eight weeks.
And Any Injuries?
Nothing, no problems at all. Absolutely no problems. The reason I think this is, is when I was running on my own before or following a generic plan, for some reason I’d always run at 9-minute mile pace in the week. I’d always think that that’s all I’m capable of doing, and just do 9-minute miles. Come weekends if I was doing a race, I’d be trying to run 8-minute miles or 7.45, which just isn’t going to work. I think that’s why I was getting injured, because I was running so sporadically in the week, and I wasn’t really changing how I was running.
When I got my plan, the first thing I thought was “Ok, there’s quite a lot of new information here.” But actually I think the fact that I’m doing something different every time that I run is great; number one, I look forward to going out running because it’s not just “Oh, another 3 mile run tonight” and number two, I think it’s taught my body to run at a quicker pace for shorter amounts of time, so I’ve got used to doing it for a longer distance.
I was amazed, just before I started this plan my parkrun time was around 25 minutes. I had gone quicker, my PB was 24.09, but I hadn’t run that quickly for over a year. Then I did parkrun three weeks ago and I’ve got down to 23.01. Which is ridiculous! I don’t think some people believed me when I posted it on Facebook and told people, but of course when the parkrun results came up there it was. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy as pie at the end, but I wasn’t falling on the floor gasping for air!
It really has made such a massive improvement.