I wasn’t going to enter the Race for Life this year as I am taking part in parkrun almost every week so don’t need it as a warm-up for the York 10K. I don’t really like doing the Race for Life as I feel quite guilty not actively getting sponsorship for it so all they get from me is my entry fee and money from any merchandise I buy on the day, I loved the pink shoelaces! I put them in my black work trainers when I worked at Tesco, the Managers tried to get me to take them out but I refused 😉
Anyway, my husband decided he’d quite like to do a 5K and asked me to find out when the R U Taking the P? 5K is in York. It’s on Father’s Day. Father’s Day is on 15th June this year in case you didn’t know – I wouldn’t want you to be caught out if you need to know this information. We asked our son if he’d like to do a 5K with Dad and he said “yes”. So my husband and son will be run/walking the 5K to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
My husband then said, “So when’s the Race for Life then?”
Hmm, “I wasn’t going to do it this year,” I said.
“Oh, but you have to. We need to know how much you beat us by and our 5Ks are on different days this year,” says he.
He’s right, the last time my husband ran a 5K was the R U Taking the P? in 2011 and the Race for Life 5K was at 2 pm the same day. On that occasion, he finished in around 48 minutes and I finished in around 37 minutes. As these events are fun runs and aren’t timed the finishing times are estimated. So I finished a whopping 11 minutes quicker than he did 3 years ago and I’m hoping that it’ll be an even bigger gap this year. Unfortunately, my son will be a lot slower than we know he is capable of as he’ll have to run at my husband’s intervals as it is a male only event, which was originally started in 2010 to raise money for prostate cancer research, so I won’t be able to support him on his intervals.
I’ve tried this before and I am going to try again. I say that I am going to blog more about my healthy living journey and then I forget or can’t think about what to write. I used to write on my blog on SparkPeople about anything health and weight loss related but I’m going to transfer it to this blog as I can write blogs on my iPhone for WordPress.
So, here we go again with more training for an event. I have already done the Swimathon 🙂 and am now starting the training for the Race for Life. I will be taking part in the 5km run on Sunday 19 June 2011 and hope to beat my previous time of 37 minutes. In fact, I hope to break the 35 minute mark. I haven’t participated in the Race for Life since 2006, I think, as they keep holding the one near me on a Sunday afternoon and I work Sundays! I have booked the day off as holiday this year so that I can take part. I have run 5km since my last Race for Life event though. In fact, SparkPeople are encouraging its members to take part in Virtual Races. I took part in one during the week after I did the Swimathon and clocked a time of 38 minutes. I was quite pleased with this time as I hadn’t done any run training for a while as most of my cardio training had been done in the pool. I also ran the 5k on the treadmill and used it as a training session to gauge my running fitness. On that run I did a pyramid, starting at 6k/hr and increasing my speed by 0.5k/hr every 500m up to 9k/hr and then reducing it back down again.
I run in memory of my father-in-law who died of Prostate Cancer in 1995
With my boy before the Race for Life in 2006 – he’s not that little any more!
I am starting the Race for Life’s 6 week training plan on Monday 9 May but have been doing a Couch to 5k training plan in the meantime. Last week I did week 2 (1 min 30 sec run, 2 min walk) and completed 4.35km in 35 minutes including the warm up and cool down. This morning I did week 3 (1 min 30 sec run, 1 min 30 sec walk, 3 min run, 3 min walk – repeated 3 times followed by a 4 minute jog at 8km/hr) and completed 4.37km in 35 minutes. My walk speed was 6k/hr and my run speed was 10k/hr. I don’t intend to be able to run at 10k/hr for the whole 5k but am using it for my intervals on the treadmill. Next week I am going to complete the other 2 days of week 3 and then start on the Race for Life 6 week training plan the week after.
My husband is also doing a 5km run on 19 June. Not the Race for Life as that is for women only but a run called R U Taking the P..2? which is an event organised by York Knavesmire Harriers for men only. It is an event to raise the awareness of prostate and male cancer and proceeds go to Yorkshire Cancer Research. My husband has never run a 5k. In fact, he doesn’t run at all. So, he is starting from scratch and, as he found it hard to do the standard 1 min run, 1 min walk, we have started him off at 30 sec run, 1 minute 30 sec walk. His run speed is 7.5k/hr and his walk speed is 5.5k/hr. Today, he felt so good at the end of 10 intervals that he ran for 2 minutes on the 10th! He completed 3k in 30 minutes which I think was great, considering 10 minutes of it was for warm up and cool down.
Due to another long weekend with my boy being off school for the Royal Wedding, May Day Bank Holiday and a teacher training day, I will not be back in the gym until Wednesday or Thursday next week.