On taking up running
At some point in June 2017 I decided to make a habit of spending early mornings on Mount Dandenong. This began as a walk along a 5km bush trail that evolved into a run along the same path and then into 10km runs along local tracks.
I began tracking my runs using apps on my phone which gave me some data.
Sites that are helpful or have specific running gear
- https://findyourfeet.com.au, such as running vests
Once I had built up to 5k or so, tThe first area that I tackled was cadence. The Garmin helps here, and I am getting consistent at 164-6 spm.
I feel comfortable at that distance, so the next phase is to train for speed and efficiency over that distance. A couple of training plans might help me be intentional here:
And of course there is dealing with fatigue
I was quite careful in shifting the emphasis of the run/walk, not running downhill for months and then slowly building up my distance.
But one of the issues that developed has been IBS - Iliotibial Band Syndrome. And one of the causes is running on a cambered track - as in running the same course and in the same direction which puts differing pressures on the hip area. I thought the track was relatively flat!
- A local trail running series has the courses mapped on Google here
- There is one loop segment that looks good
- There is a nice 12k loop across the face of the Dandenongs
One of the things I love is being out on the trails in their wild variety of conditions. So I have been toying with the idea of going for long runs. Here are some links that outline the journey
- One way, 20km across the Dandenongs
- https://runnersconnect.net/move-from-marathon-to-ultra/ - not my situation
- Calculator http://www.scrunners.org/ultramarathon-training-schedule-generator.html