Running.

A bit of a different post from me today, I hope you don’t mind! I’ve mentioned my running training a little bit on this blog before, but I feel right now like I want to write a bit more, and if there are any runners reading this I’d love a bit of advice.

I’ll start at the beginning.

I’ve never really been a runner. I’ve always been fairly sporty, and at school I was a good sprinter, but anything further than the 200m and I would struggle. Since then I’ve been a member of a few gyms but avoided the treadmill at all costs. I play netball, which obviously involves a lot of running, but I find as my focus is on the game, and not on the miles it isn’t too difficult.

3 years ago I signed up to a sprint triathlon. I had never done anything like that before, but liked the idea of the challenge. And the run section was only 5k at the end, but it is the part I did the most  training for. I did the park run quite often too, but I never ran more than the 5k I needed to, and after the triathlon I didn’t run again until this year.

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At the start of this year I couldn’t run a mile. I wasn’t totally unfit, I went to the gym and loved spinning classes, but running is something that I don’t feel I’ve ever managed to conquer. After some persuasion from a friend I signed up to a 5k in March. I think the deal clincher was the fact that it was called a wine run, around a vineyard, with wine at the finish line. I started training and surprised myself at how quickly I got to running 5k without stopping, and was pleased when my time was improving too.

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The wine run was tough, but I was buzzing from the accomplishment so when my friend suggested the LA half marathon in October I didn’t take much persuading, and got Kristian to sign up too. Obviously going from 5k to 13 miles is a huge leap and I never thought it was going to be easy.

I’ve slowly been increasing my distance and was running a few 8 and 10k distances back in May/June. Summer is well and truly here in the desert, and it’s 30 degrees by 9am most days, which has made running really tough. I like to run up by the California aqueduct, and don’t mind getting up early so it is a little cooler, but it is quite isolated there which does worry me sometimes, especially when I’m pushing myself and start to feel a little hot and dizzy.

So July was pretty terrible for training, I ran a little bit on the treadmill in the gym, but I haven’t conquered the mental state required for clocking up the miles without actually going anywhere. It’s only 3 months until the half marathon and I feel like I’m back at the beginning. I’ve done a couple of short runs this week and seriously struggled. I’ve definitely gone back a few steps and now I’m feeling pretty down about it.

This morning we went out to run 10k and I stopped half way, feeling very dizzy and nauseous. I feel defeated, and I don’t want to feel like this. That’s why I’m writing this post, to get it off my mind and hopefully not let it affect my motivation, but also in the hope anyone has any advice for me!

I know I need to adapt a few things for running in the heat. All of my gym clothes are black, so I need something a bit lighter, and I think I need to switch up my hydration. I currently only drink water, but I’ve read a bit about running in the heat and think something with electrolytes might help. But apart from that does anyone have any tips for this stage in training, feeling like you are going backwards?! I need help right now!

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