This is a post about running. It is also about dancing and me returning to some things that I have let slide a little.
I will start with running…
I have started the Couch to 5k again.
I know, I keep starting running, loving running, hating running, stopping running…repeat and repeat and repeat, but the thing is, I really want to get better at running. I know I can, I have before.
So there is only one thing to do, follow the Doctor’s advice and run!
So, on Tuesday this week, I dusted off my running shoes and headed out at lunchtime for something that resembled an interval run! It wasn’t that good as runs go, but it wasn’t awful. Well, it was in some respects pretty awful but in others not so bad. The awful was my calves, they hurt a ridiculous amount and that made it difficult to keep running for the prescribed minute. The not so awful thing was that if my calves hadn’t thrown repeated wobblies, I would have been able to continue, which means my CV endurance is not quite as bad as I had feared.
The other good thing about my run, is that the C25k app I am using is voiced by Sarah Millican. This is a brilliant choice because she is friendly and encouraging with an undertone of sarcasm. She isn’t sarcastic on the app of course, but after seeing / hearing her on other things it just sounds that way to me. It suits me perfectly 😀
So that’s me, running again, because I want to, and also, the other overriding reason is that I dance better when I am running more! I have proven it and said it over and over…perhaps this time I will remember permanently…
Which neatly brings me on to dancing. Dancing was the reason I started all of this. Project Warrior Goddess used to be Project Fit Enough to Dance in a Mask. Dancing is not the *only* reason I do this now, but it is still a huge reason. Dancing in a mask is still a large part of my life and it is still very important that I do it well!
When I was dancing really well, I was training quite differently to the training I am doing now. I was doing more plyometrics and more circuit / HIIT stuff. So, in order to get back to where I was, I am going to reincorporate these things into my plan. The important thing is to build leg power and bounciness (which is basically the definition of plyometrics) in conjunction with good interval fitness (which is the definition of HIIT). So when you look at it like that, there is no question about what I should be doing 🙂 I am not going to abandon lifting of course, but there are definitely going to be some changes in my regime. I have done bouncy before, I can do it again!
The last thing I have decided to add in is balance and ankle strengthening exercises. It really ought to be obvious that I need these things after injuries and what have you, but I have neglected them woefully! So one legged exercises and standing on wobble boards are in my future, and my recent past actually as I have already started this one…
Now all I have to do is figure out how to fit all of this in… I feel a list and possibly a timetable of sorts coming on!