Mon 6th Jun
Life is busy and I haven’t been blogging as much as I used too. That is fine. I just haven’t felt the need. It was compulsive for a while. This feels more natural. It is the same with my running. I am in a strange phase. I began to barefoot as a means to an end. It was so that I could run and now I can. Job done? Maybe…but maybe not. I am struggling for motivation. The thing that will get me out of the door.
I am planning on running the Bolton half marathon in 13 weeks and am 12 stone 1lb today. I feel like I need to get hold of things and get out there taking in everything that I have learnt. I plan to get my diet back to MAF principles and get out there and run. The biggest problem though is whether to run barefoot or not. It can dominate things and also whether to run every day. I enjoy that but it also seems a bit compulsive. I need structure and a flexible plan to lay on top of it. I have injured myself with training schedules too many times than to download one and stick to it.
Here is what feels good today:
Do the 2 week MAF test – Kick start the process and lose a bit.
Run 5 days per week. 4 barefoot and one shod. One day off either side of long run.
Stick to MAF HR of 134
Build to 2 x 5 milers plus a 2hr long run with 30 mins walking either side of it. Build to that pretty quickly.
Alternate long runs barefoot and shod.
Felt good to get HRM on and run a mile.
Plan for the week
M barefoot mile
T Barefoot 5 miles
Wed Barefoot mile
Thursday Shod 5 miler
Sat Barefoot ihr 30 mins with 20 mins before and after walking
Tues 7th June 16
5 barefoot miles in 56 mins 57 secs within MAF range of 124-134bpm. First MAF run in ages and felt good for it. This is starting perp for Chester Marathon in about 15 weeks. Also doing 2 week MAF test with pretty much zero carbs. Hardest thing is no milk in tea. I have got used to a drop of honey in my coffee but I am ready to do this and feel better already.
Wed 8th June 16
Already feeling better. I forgot to take food with me yesterday and wasn’t hungry all day. Slight headache later in evening but other than that fine. 11stone 12lbs. I am wondering if the honey is what is bringing me back for more.