So technically I’m on Week Four of my marathon plan, which means I should be running for 20-30 continuous minutes at a go and, acccording to my own system, reaching around 4 -5k. Unfortunately, my running plans took a bit of a detour over the past two weeks due to a Greek holiday. I set off with the best of intentions only to find that it was actually physically impossible to even THINK about putting on my running shorts in 40 degree heat… So I did a lot of swimming instead and hoped for the best. The good news is I didn’t gain weight. The bad news is that I just did my first run in 2.5 weeks and it KILLED me. My god.
Today’s route went up a few semi-to-evil steep hills (I did slumpingly run up the first one and then alternated floppy-walk-jogging to stop my lungs incinerating inside out) and then down a nice big one. I ran continuously for about a 20-25 minute stretch which sounds good but most of it was downhill, which is not so amazing. On the subject of hilly runs, which are an inevitability in the South Devon neck of the woods, this blog has a few interesting hypotheses on how you calculate the calories burned. According to my pedometer, my run of 4k today burned 140 calories. Yet when I entered the approx speed and time (around about 40 minutes) into the My Fitness Pal app, the number was nearer 350 calories. Considering the app knows my height and weight, I’m hoping it’s the more accurate figure.
I’m taking part in the Exeter Race for Life on Sunday, which is 5k. My friend and I are aiming to complete it at a ‘gentle lolloping jog’, although I’m a bit nervous that she will be much fitter than me. I’ve done the Race for Life before, but many years ago and we didn’t take it particularly seriously. In fact I think we got bored of walking so we made up a new method of moving forward involving hopping, skipping, twirling… we had quite the berth around us in no time. But this time I really want to do it right, partly to convince myself I have any hope in hell of completing a half marathon in three months, but mainly because it comes three years after I lost my own dad to cancer. If something I can do might help prevent anyone going through that heart-savaging experience, I’ll fight for every painful step.