Ruben on a recent hiking trip to Lees Valley
*Blog entry* by Ruben Witteman
I am not the best runner, and until early this year I wasn’t really a runner at all. Over the years I would try to get “into” running, only to give it up again a month or so later when I got busy.
But with my colleges and I at the CDHB committing to a 100-day exercise challenge I decided this was my chance to give it a proper crack.
Like anything I started small. Making use of an app I discovered called Couch to 5k. It starts out by walking a bit, running some more and over roughly 8 weeks it gets you to running 5kms.
Already I’m running 7kms, and if I stay on task I’d be running about 13kms by March 19, just in time for the City2Surf. So when my boss heard this he suggested I might like to challenge myself and make the 14km City2 Surf a goal.
So for the next 6 weeks I’m going to have to kick my training up a little each week to be able to complete it. My training aim is to run 3-4 times a week. And to be running an extra kilometre by the end of each week. Which should mean I hit my target.
I have no idea if this is an achievable goal, however I figure its only about an extra 250-300 meters per run. If you have any tips, please send them my way!
I may have to make a few adjustments to where I run too, right now I’m running through a forest which is nice on my ankles and knees. However, I recently ran a 5km fun run on paved ground through Hagley Park and I definitely noticed the difference by the end of it. I hope suddenly switching from soft footing to paved ground won’t affect my training goal too much…. See you at the start line.
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