Thursday, 12 April 2018

Keeping on track for 2018

This year seems to be flying by! I can hardly believe we're already nearly halfway through April! With the fact that we're already a quarter of the way through the year in mind it seemed like a good time to look back and see how we're doing in relation to what we wanted to achieve this year. 

parkrun female runner

I guess a good place to start would be to look at what we actually want to achieve in 2018:

  • Take part in a race every month
  • Increase our run distances with the intention of looking into a marathon
  • Make sure we diversify our training 
  • Generally be healthy
So let's look at each of our goals and see how it's coming along. 

12 Races in 12 Months
One of our favourite things last year was taking part in races, it gave us a chance to see new places and push ourselves further, so this year we wanted to make sure we were taking a part in an event every month.

half marathon runner
Stockport Trail Half Marathon
So far...
January was a great run, the Lyme Park Night Run (which you can read about here) and in February we took on the very tough Stockport Trail Half Marathon (here). We had March all planned out too with the Wilmslow Half Marathon unfortunately you can't control the weather and the race has now been postponed until June due to some unexpectedly heavy snow! 
Looking forward... 
We were thrown off track with the postponing of March's half and we definitely need to do a bit of regrouping, we still need to set in stone some plans for April but we do now have the London 10 Mile race booked in for May - We'd love to know if anyone else is doing it! We're still counting the Wilmslow Hal as a March run even though we'll be doing it in June.

Crank up the Miles
If you haven't seen it already then take a look at this post here, we're running our very first Marathon! To be perfectly honest running 26.2 miles is still a terrifying thought! We'll be starting our training plans in just less than 2 months and in the mean time we're starting in increase our weekly milage and have already taken on some of our longest and furthest runs.
st james gate dublin couple
The last time we visited Dublin in 2015
I'm sure there will be plenty more coverage about our marathon preparation so keep your eyes peeled on the run up to Dublin
Mix it up!
Towards the end of last year we began to include yoga as part of our training routine. We're still enjoying our weekly classes and feel it's been really beneficial to make sure we have a proper stretch of our muscles but it also highlights areas of weakness, for me personally that is core strength. 
As a result I'm currently looking into other things to introduce into my routine that can help build up that core strength and will hopefully be beneficial on longer runs - less of a chance of getting lower back ache at least - this is definitely an area that still needs a lot more work though, especially when it comes to working out a marathon training plan. 

Living the Good Life
We always try to be healthy, we make sure we get out and run and we try to prep evening meals that are nicely balanced, we drink loads of water and make sure we get a decent amount of sleep. Overall when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle I think we're pretty much on track, yes we still have treats but it's all about moderation!

tuna spaghetti broccoli healthy meal
Our favourite mid week meal :)
I always find the best inspiration for keeping on track is actually scrolling through instagram. When you see your fellow runners getting out in the rain it gives you that push to do it to and when you see someone's healthy meal it makes you want to replicate it yourself!

How are your 2018 goals going? We'd love to hear about them! 

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