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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

Health: Training for a 10k

I think I must be mad, but i’m writing this in black and white, so I have no excuses. You must all hold me accountable! After I finished my couch to 5k training plan back in the Autumn, I kept running using the Nike+ Running app to track my stats with absolutely no plan. Inevitably, I got a bit complacent and ran less frequently and not as far. I averaged about 2.5 miles each run and I suppose I just got comfortable doing that a couple of times a week. I really enjoyed having something to work towards whilst doing the 5k and the planned schedule kept me focused, so the next logical step is to go 5-10k EEK! It just so happens there’s a big annual 10K race in Bristol, in May – I may regret mentioning that one.

Yiskah Knits: Sunny Park

I discovered last week that Nike do these great race coaching plans. They’re not linked into the Nike+ Running app but you can download the schedule to your computer calendar (complete with alarms and alerts!) to keep you on your toes. There’s a 0-5k, 5-10k, half marathon and full marathon. It also adds in a little weight training on rest days, which I can feel I’ll definitely need to push past 5k.

I’m telling you this now because, TODAY’S MY FIRST DAY! A nice, easy 2 mile run to get started. That’s how the planner describes it, but after 6 weeks of not running due to Christmas madness and lingering bugs – I don’t think i’m going to agree. Wish me luck!

5 comments
  1. Alice says: 14 January 20139:28 am

    Good luck Jj ax

  2. Sit Dot says: 14 January 20133:19 pm

    Good luck JJ. You’ll be fine. I’ll come and cheer you on!

    • Jess says: 14 January 20133:24 pm

      I made it guys, just over 2 miles in the rain. Sore legs! x

  3. Kristina says: 2 February 20137:53 pm

    I felt compelled to comment and wish you luck today because I just ran my second 10K this morning. I’m probably the least athletic person in the whole world and running doesn’t come easily to me at all, but with hard work and dedication I’m hoping to finish my first half marathon at the end of this month. You can do this! It’s a lot easier to go from running three miles to running six than it is to go from zero miles to three.

    • Jess says: 3 February 20138:21 pm

      Thank you so much for the motivation, Kristina! It’s great to hear you’re doing it having started in the same position as me – i’m definitely not a natural runner, either. Huge good luck with your half marathon training. We can do it!!!

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