As mentioned in the previous post, I have started a running chain. This means I’m running every day and that’s not something I’ve tried before.
I’ve run a 10k or two each year since 2004 and I’ve trained for periods leading up to each of those using more traditional schedules with rest days and cross training and so this is quite a different approach.
What I want to do now is try to create an exercise habit that stays with me after my 10k run coming up in November by getting up each morning and running without fail.
This is something of an experiment and I’ve very aware that if I’m not careful I’ll burn out or injure something. To avoid over training I’m starting very, very slowly.
I’ve been running short, easy runs of 3km and sometimes 5km. Every other day I run so slow it is almost embarrassing, the idea is to get a recovery run, keeping my heart rate low and my breathing easy. Each week I’ll up the distance of my Friday long slow distance run, currently 5km, until that has extended out beyond 10km. In a few weeks when I’m sure I am not running myself into the ground I’ll pick another day and start running some intervals.
So far I’m feeling nothing but positive effects from the exercise and I’ll keep you posted on the progress from this ongoing experiment.