Monday, June 27, 2016

3 weeks back....

So it's been 3 weeks that I am running again and boy am I out of shape! I hit the plan of 15/20/20 miles over 3/4/4 runs. Long run is up to 7.5 miles. Out of the 10 runs, 9 have sucked, 1 was OK. Hoping that things start to get better quickly from here.

Next 3 weeks should be 28/29/30 miles each on 5 runs. I am really hoping that by then I'l start to feel that this isn't just a horrible way to spend time and get a little bit of the bounce back in my step cos right now it's a slogfest.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Still Alive, But Ridiculously Out of Shape

OK, so after way too long not running I am going to get back in shape. I promised myself that once I sold my startup company I'd run again. Signed the deal for that this week so it's time to go!

It has been almost exactly 10 years since I started running in April 2006. Back then I was 40 and weighed around 165 lbs. Now I'm 50 and 10 pounds heavier. Running over the last 10 years has looked like this (miles/year).....

Almost got going again in 2013 when I was consciously trying to balance running and startup life in an attempt to stay healthy, but by the middle of the year I admitted that running was'nt going to happen and that was the end of that! 2014, 2015 just got worse and over the last 12 months I have only 100 miles. At my fittest I was running that in a single week and I was 30 lbs lighter.  

Doubt I'll get back to that level of craziness but I now have a plan, which is a start! The next 6 weeks I will build up to 30 miles and 5 runs per week. All easy running, although the definition of easy has changed significantly since 2009, when 16 miles at 7:30 pace was easy.

Then I need to get a goal race to keep myself motivated, so I'll start to train for a winter marathon (probably CIM in December) with a goal of Boston qualifier (which is admittedly much easier now that I'm 50+).

My son is gonna do much of these runs with me. He is 15 and super fit from year round soccer but he waits for me at the lights so I can catchup....... It's very sad.