Most people start January with a host of resolutions; the gyms are suddenly full and people practically fight over how their detox is the detox.
My 2016 has started with a continuation of what I started in December: half marathon training. Although this is not a new years resolution for me, I am in many ways like the crowds of fitness newbies storming the gyms in January.
Having never run a half marathon before I feel like I have all the gear and no idea!
I have been a very lucky lady over Christmas and my birthday, I am the recipient of some lovely shiny new running gear. My wonderful family helped to kit me out so that although I might not always look great technically when I am running, at least I will have good looking outfits!
I literally have a full set of new gear from trainers to leggings to gilets and to sports bras and these make me feel great. I don’t know how you feel, but I always enjoy exercising more if I like my kit.
While choice is brilliant on the gear front, the same can’t be said on the idea front. Faced with my first half marathon, I have been combing the Google, twitter, instagram and any other source I can find for training tips, plans and useful information. Which to be honest has left me feeling overwhelmed. I finally thought I had chosen the training plan for me only to find others which may (or may not) be more suitable. How does everyone choose their plan?
After starting one plan, I have finally decided on another as it calls for 3 runs per week instead of 4 which I think my body will thank me more for.
The North London Half Marathon organisers with Martin Yelling have posted several training plans and I will be sticking to their 12 week beginner plan. I feel happier now that I have chosen a realistic plan for me, choosing the plan has been just about as hard as sticking to one!
Although I have enjoyed the start of my training, there is still a niggling voice saying what if I’ve chosen the wrong plan, what if I don’t train enough, what if I get injured, should I be doing this or that.
Does anyone else suffer from training brain overload?
I’ll be posting a round up of this week’s training on my next post.
Happy running everyone.
P.S as ever, I am running for the wonderful Charity that is St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney. If anyone would like to sponsor me please click here.