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First Five Miler

Jan 20, 2013 | Lifestyle, Running | 2 comments

This morning there was a five mile half-marathon training run on the cards. Unfortunately, when I looked out of the window this is what was waiting for me…

I didn’t think it was the most sensible option to run on slippery pavements, as they were a mixture of slush and ice, not the most stable surface! I was especially glad that I didn’t risk it as I nearly slipped over just walking to the station.

So after a quick rethink, I decided to hit the gym to run on the treadmill. I didn’t want to miss out on my run totally, considering I have been terrible at training for this half marathon so far. I don’t really like running on the treadmill, especially for anything other than speed sessions/interval training. I find it so dull, although I tried distracting myself with morning TV this morning.

The gym was so empty! Why can’t I take normal self portrait photos?

I set out trying to run at a 9ish min mile pace. I want to speed up my running, and I figure that by getting my body used to running at that pace on the treadmill it might automatically run that fast outside?!

Unfortunately, the snow (or any ‘extreme’ weather) seems to bring London to a standstill, so I got to the gym a little later than planned. I ended up only running 5K- I ran 1mile at 10.3kph, then walked at 6.4kph for 1min, and repeated three times.

I’m looking forward to running outside, it feels easier and there is so much more to distract me. 60 Minute Makeovers was not enough!

Sweaty but pleased to have got a run in this weekend!! Hope you all had a good one.

Do you prefer running outside or on the treadmill? I really want to find a track somewhere to do some speed workouts! Anyone know any in West London?


  1. orangengreen

    I don’t really, for speed workouts I’ve been thinking about joining a running club.

    So much easier to motivate yourself, at least if you are competitive. Some of them have access to a track too, I’ve been looking at West-4 Harriers (they sound the least scary + they have a nice and low membership fee…), and they are local to where I am in West London.

    I guess if you google local running clubs you might be able to find a track that way? A lot of them seems to be paid, I miss living right next to the Regent’s Park “track”.

    • Charlie

      Let me know if you do try them out, I would just be worried they are all super speedy! I see they do hill workouts, something I try to avoid almost entirely!


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