On October 2, 2022, the Melbourne Nike Marathon will return to regular programming after the rented racing event went on hiatus for two years. As Australia’s largest running festival, the event includes a 5km and 10km run as well as a 21km half marathon and a 42km full marathon.
During lockdown last year, I discovered a love (and need) for running when many forms of exercise were unavailable. Inspired by that – and with gentle encouragement from Nike – I embarked on a 12-week training plan with Nike Running Head Coach Lydia O’Donnell (aka my Virtual Hype Queen) to achieve a goal. running, the half-marathon. For the sake of accountability and reflection, I invite you to follow me as I candidly document the trials and triumphs of training each week for the next three months.
For training I will be wearing the new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 trainers, a personal favorite for myself and many other runners, while I will be continuously supported by the ultra-comfortable Nike Dri-FIT Alpha Women’s Sports Bra.
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Week 1 – Slow start
I have to preface that I am not a patient person, and this week was about starting slow. My very first workout on the program started with a 15 minute recovery run before, for the first time in a long time, I woke up at 6am for a Nike ‘Triple 7s Guided Run sprint. ‘. It was tough and I had convinced myself that running hard was the recipe for success. Two days later, a recovery run followed and I was (again) reminded of the importance of “walking time”. For the uninitiated, the goal is to run slow for most courses. Without a high heart rate to focus on, I found myself battling boredom as I ran at what felt like a slow pace. Whether it was my role in a fast-paced newsroom or my lack of patience, it was a lesson in enjoying the sights along the way, including all the breathtaking sunsets. When I embarked on an 8k run at the end of the week, I was grateful that I had started slowly.
Week 2 – Balance
Finding the time to exercise at the best of times is difficult. Add a goal and a deadline (in my case, the Nike Melbourne Marathon in October) and running becomes almost overwhelming. When I entered this program, I had another personal (and in retrospect unrealistic) goal of completing each Single Course. I ran in the dark and cold, in the pouring rain for Tempo on Tuesday and between meetings on Thursday. It was a particularly busy week as I had planned to travel over the weekend and had to mentally organize when and where I could run 10k. I had it all planned out until priorities changed. I learned that any movement is beneficial, opting instead for team sports, with the motivation to try again next week.
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