3 Tips to Push Through a Running Plateau

If you follow me on Instagram you may be aware that over the past month I have hit a bit of a wall with my running.  Despite a long and distinguished career {I began running way back in December 2014!}, I had never hit the wall like this before and to tell the truth was beginning to lose interest.  I SO want to keep going, my body hasn’t felt this strong and fit in years and I was achieving something I had always wanted to master – the simple act of running for fitness.  My head has always been the weakest link.  I was counting the minutes and landmarks along my route until my run was over.  I was opting for the half km shorter route more often than I was completing the full 6k.  I was beating myself up over increasing pace and failing to improve over both distance and time.  I had plateaued hard and hit the ‘beginner runners hump’.

I *think* I may have cracked it this weekend though.  I tried a few different things and after this morning’s run I’m feeling pumped and looking forward to tomorrow’s workout – I haven’t been able to say that for about 6 weeks!

Though I’m no running expert, I thought I’d share these 3 simple tips which helped me get my ass into gear and enjoy running again;

    1. Run with a friend – Since I began I have always run on my own, aside from a few family runs where E rides his bike, Dave pushes Nix in the buggy and we both wear headphones anyway.  Even with the 15kg Nixie + Mountain Buggy handicap Dave kicks my ass and burns off into the distance, not to be seen again until I arrive home  w a y  after him.  Last week I cornered a Mum who lives nearby and also runs regularly and suggested we run together over the weekend.  It was just what the doctor ordered!  Having someone to chat with to got me out of my head, shifted the focus off the minutes and km’s and Map my Run and before we knew it we had hit 5.5km and had enjoyed a killer workout.
    2. Change your route – I am a freaky weird creature of habit so naturally had carried my boring ways over into my running.  I have run the same route every day since the New Year, tacking extra 1/2 kms on every now and then to bump up my distances.  The problem with this is, ahh, many things!  My body had become totally used to the route, my thighs knew when the hill was coming, all of me cringed when it was time to do the 1km around the rugby field {why is running on grass SO hard?} and I mentally hated the little add ons at the end, all I could think was “I can do the extra bit or go straight home like I used to”.  Having a mental ‘extra bit’ qualifies it as optional.  My head does better when a run is a defined 6km, rather than a 5.5km with an optional extra.  The second benefit of running with my friend was that she showed me a whole new route to explore and work in to where I was running.  I hit the new course again this morning and felt so good!  From here on I’m going to try to have three routes in my arsenal and alternate them throughout the week.
    3. Run to a goal –  My friend Penny from Little Housewife posted on Instagram how stoked she was at running her first 5k under 30 minutes.  I had never considered setting a goal prior to a run so set myself the same target as Penny this morning and what do you know, 5k in 28:39!  Though getting hung up on metrics isn’t a good idea for me, I like the idea of having a long term goal to work towards, which is why by the end of 2015 I want to be running 10k regularly.  So aiming to get 5k under 28 minutes will be something I look at achieving over the next month.

Not mind-blowing stuff, but changing things up a bit will help me keep me focussed and maintain running frequency throughout the year.  Got to get through winter yet though!  eeep!

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Indoor Rock Climbing

One of Ethan’s mates turned 5 on Saturday and had his party at Clip ‘n’ Climb on Dominion Rd.  Dave did the honours and the boys had an amazing time, Ethan has not stopped raving about it and how high he is going to climb next time he goes.  And we are definitely going back, I can’t believe I didn’t go – how much fun does this look?

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My Fat Ass is taking a vacation

Anyone else’s Ass need to take a trip?

In the last two days I have done as much exercise as I have done in the previous 4 months. That’s right readers, I have been for TWO booty-be-gone walks in two days, and readers your deduction skills are especially sharp today, that also means I have only gone for two walks this entire winter!

But it has begun, the annual August “I’m so fat-athon”.  I do it every year.  I whinge and complain so much that Dave eventually loses patience and tells me to do something about it, like actual running, instead of just running my mouth.

So yesterday I set off on a 4.5km walk that includes 3 major hills.  And I did it again this morning.

Second time around was much easier as I actually made a playlist rather than just randomly listening to the 30gigs of music on the ipod;

So, if you want to send you butt on a holiday post your fav playlist of 15-20 songs below, ’cause I always need ideas for workout music.

1 Unless It’s Kicks Okkervil River
2 Caring Is Creepy The Shins
3 Move Cansei de Ser Sexy
4 Ruby Kaiser Chiefs
5 Crooked Teeth Death Cab for Cutie
6 Walk of Life Dire Straits
7 Santa Monica Everclear
8 Over My Head (Cable Car) The Fray
9 Behind These Hazel Eyes Kelly Clarkson
10 Don’t Look Back in Anger Oasis
11 Gold Lion Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12 Something More Sugarland
13 Born Into A Light Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
14 Moving Supergrass
15 The Fixer Pearl Jam
16 Better Man Pearl Jam
17 Desecration Smile Red Hot Chili Peppers