I’ve really been struggling the last few weeks with my lack of running. While I haven’t put on weight according to my bathroom scales, my body doesn’t feel good. I miss being active.
Prior to having Rose, I was a much quicker runner. I wasn’t giving Mo Farah anything to worry about, but I could routinely bang out sub 27 minute 5ks. Over the longer distances, I could keep to a steady 10 minute pace or so for a couple of hours without feeling the need to walk.
Since Rose, even after 3 years, I’ve found it tricky to complete any race without walking. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. “Jeffing” is a credible way to do the distances and I have “Jeffed” my way through several races. I have only done three sub 30 minute 5ks since Rose came along and all of those contained walking, although they were not “Jeffed”.
For the unaware, “Jeffing” is a strategy taught by Jeff Galloway, which introduces walking very early on into a race and runners will follow a set pattern all the way around, eg run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute. It prevents fatigue and many runners even report setting faster times than they do when running the whole thing.
The thing is, I personally haven’t *quite* got to grips with it. I see the benefit and I have completed races following the method. But in my head, I am still comparing myself to the runner I was before Rose. I am a stone heavier. I am tired more often. I don’t always make the time to get out like I should. Recovering from pneumonia hasn’t exactly helped things.
I am supposed to be doing Beachy Head at the end of October, but right now, I just don’t see how that is possible. It will still be there next year.
I am in a bit of a rut at the moment and I find it helps if I am accountable to someone. So, I’ve gone right back to the start. I’ve decided to take part in Julie’s 5 Weeks To 5K. Yes, 5k is a distance that I have completed many times. Yes, I have completed about 15 half marathons. Yes, I have completed 4 marathons. But right now, I need to go right back to the start and I plan to use Julie’s programme to kickstart myself and keep myself accountable to others. I want to be able to run the 5k again without stopping to walk. And my secret goal (no longer secret) is to try to get back under 30 by the end of the year.
It starts in September – wish me luck!