Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Blogtember: Couch to Half Marathon Update 1

You may or may not know that I signed up for the Bath Half Marathon....if you don't know go read my blog post explaining why here. For those of you who know what I'm on about, welcome to the next instalment.

In the last two weeks, I have learnt a lot about running.  It's crazy how much there is to know about putting one foot in front of the other. I started with finding a training schedule that would suit my level of fitness. This was my first hurdle - there are so many!! I settled on the Women's Running 20-Week Couch to Half Marathon training plan. It seems perfect for beginners by building up the intervals that you are running for. It was staggered to find out that I was knackered after 1 minute, but everyone's got to start somewhere. I have pretty much stuck to the plan, the running aspect of it. The cross training days I have been a little more lazy with. Cross training was a whole other thing to learn (no it's not the cross trainer machine - I thought that too). It's a day where you do another form of exercise.

When I was out pounding the pavements, I started to notice a niggling pain in my left knee. I immediately thought, 'just my luck, a bit of exercise and my body can't cope'!! After speaking to my friends (who know about all this running stuff) they concluded that my trainers were the issue. The told me something about gait analysis. This is where your running style is analysed, using video, to see how much support you need, and therefore, tell you which trainers will be best for you. They also check your arch to see how much support you need there. I went to Push Active in the town near me, they were amazing. The guy that was helping me was so knowledgeable. He concluded that I have a low arch and, because of this, my toes point out when I am running to compensate. He found me the right pair of shoes and analysed my running again. It was completely fixed - I was amazed. I really underestimated how much of a difference shoes would make. The trainers have completely removed my knee pain and I am even running faster as a result.

Hopefully, the next few weeks will be more straightforward! 
If you have any tips or words of wisdom for me, I would really appreciate them. 

Love, Kate xx


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