Could it be the colder weather? Or the start of a new running season with weekly interval sessions? Whatever the reason(s), I picked up my running again in the last few weeks. And while I am doing so, I notice something interesting.
Running Training Update
Following a much needed summer break, I slowly began to miss going out for a run more regularly. Making sure to not get carried away, I decided to forgo rigid training schedules and just see how it goes day by day. That said, as my mileage increased and my club’s new winter season took off, I couldn’t help but start thinking about races, goals, and PBs. Ahmed and I have been going to the local ParkRun every Saturday morning, and although I usually run those with the stroller, I began to make a little more effort to improve my ParkRun stroller PB, a whole new category I invented myself (and no one takes note of, apart from myself).
Last week, my parents arrived for Maria’s first birthday (about which soon more), and their presence means I can go out for a run without the stroller more often. During last Saturday’s 5K, I beat my ParkRun PB with a time of 20:18 minutes, 31 seconds slower than my overall Personal Record but 23 seconds faster than my previous ParRun PB. I felt good and really look forward to improving my forms in the weeks to come.
On the other hand, as I increased my mileage I felt a drop in my energy levels, leaving me with the dilemma whether it is all worth it. As always, the key I believe is finding a balance between training and recovery, setting goals and not taking them (and myself) too seriously, spending time and energy for my runs as well as being a good mother and partner. And, most of all, remember to have fun while running!
Yoga Training Update
After more than 100 days of practicing yoga every single day I broke my streak on Maria’s birthday (April 11). And since then I haven’t practiced much, though I try to do a little every day. I’m just too busy catching up with my parents! Every now and then I do a little in the morning or evening, but more often than not I go straight to bed after having evening tea. Other than this, there’s not much news: still some nagging in the hips and knees, but nothing serious it seems. And my hips remain stiffer than I’d like them to be, but I keep telling myself they will open up with time.
Photo credits: Petri van Beuzekom