Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A change in strategy!

As the title suggests I have had a change in strategy. Due to personal reasons I have not been running for a few weeks so again I have copped a blow to my fitness. I have been hanging to get out for a jog but I have had alot of trouble motivating myself. I had NO excuses this morning as hubby was home from his meeting early, so I got my gear on before he got home and pumped myself up.

I decided that I am going to leave the GPS at home for a while and not concentrate on distances at all anymore. I need to just get out and have fun and not worry about timing my distances. I have also decided to not go as hard anymore. So pretty much I am not just jogging. I did wear my watch this morning and decided to head out for 12mins then turn around and come back. Ordinarily my goal would be to come back much faster than I went out but this time I wanted to try to come back in the same time. I did end up coming back faster but on the way out has a fair amount on inclines so that is understandable.

I would also usually sprint at the end of my runs but have decided to stop that for a while was really hard for me and I can see it's a habit that will be hard to break. Slowing down in general was tricky and I had to keep pulling myself back but this is what i want to do for a while. I figure that maybe if I keep it really easy and pressure free for a while then I wont lose my motivation as often. It's worth a try anyway.

Anyway my wonderful spunk of a hubby was nice enought to take Anna & I to the Arthurs seat challenge last SUnday. It was the first time he has been to one of these events and I don't think it overly excited him but the poor bugger gave up his ritual SUnday bacon & egg breaky to be there with that is LOVE! Unfortunelatey I missed Crissy crossing the line. She proib got lost amongst all the other runners who had already finished who were lining up for their goodie bag. It was a debarcle and if I were actually running I would have been really cranky at killing myself to get up that hill only to have to line up to actually cross the finishing line. Me thinks the organisation of the event could certainly be improved. Since I started running I have wanted to have a go at this event but I am not wondering if I really do want it bad enough......I don;t like hills and this is the mother of hills.

Well that is is from me for now. YOu Ausrunners can see why I have been so quiet on the forum lately.....If I don't run, I don't post.


Vicky said...

Sounds like a good plan for now, good luck with it.


Stu said...

Good stuff Karina, do what makes you happy.

Sekhmet said...

Great idea K. I had the same problem for a while and when you are getting back into the swing, it can be disheartening to constantly look at your watch and think about how much harder it is or how much slower you are. The best way to avoid that is to run gadget free and just enjoy being out there and doing it! That way there is no pressure on yourself and you won't be beating yourself up. Just congratulate yourself that you are running and don't stress about water under the bridge :-)

You'll be back in shape in no time at all, looking forward to seeing you back on the forum!

deege said...

To stop yourself sprinting and also starting out too fast, you could deliberately do a warm up for 5 minutes and then cool down for 5 minutes at the end. Do these bits so they feel painfully slow.

When I am feeling sorry for myself I find it helps by first making sure that I don't injure myself or push myself too hard, but it also reminds me that I still have another gear to kick up to even when it feels like it is pretty slow.

Seems to be a lot of people mislaying their mojo lately. I wonder if it is the sudden summery weather?

Chris said...

Good to see the running continue in a more relaxed (..and sensible) manner.