Winning a run coaching prize and getting back into running

Running | A Little Bit Of Lisa

I’m 97% sure I’ve already written a post along the lines of ‘getting back into running’. But I’m too lazy to go check, just like I’ve been too lazy to go running for the past three years. Ha.
It’s just so hard, isn’t it? All those injuries, all that effort, all the laundry and hair washing and undies up your butt.

Going to the gym to lift weights, putting in a crap effort and then telling myself ‘I’m sweet, I went to the gym’ for the rest of the day is how I’ve been rolling for awhile now.
I’ve settled into this really comfortable routine of lifting instead of doing cardio and feeling like that’s enough. But finally I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m actually just a lazy asshole. It’s only taken a few years.

To be fair to myself, I’m much stronger, but basically my heart is probably dying and also if someone stole my handbag in the street I’d be the lady yelling ‘thief! Stop that thief!’ and flailing my hanky about in the air instead of launching into a heroic sprint and tackle.

Add thief-tackling to my goals list, though, because I’m ready to run again.

I have done a little bit over the past few months. I was part of a team in the Great Lake Taupo 155km Relay in Februrary and I took part in a local weekly 7km run series over January and February.
I may be as slow (and cute) as a sloth and if someone says ‘hey Lisa, wanna stop this run and go get chicken nuggets?’ then I’ll be like BYE RUN SEEYA, it’s the thought that counts. Especially when it comes to physical activity….
But anyway, it is at this 7km run series that I got the kick up the butt I need.

A run coaching business in Palmerston North was doing a giveaway at the run series. Enter your name in the draw each week and you could win a premium coaching package and free entry into an upcoming half marathon in May.
Of course, one only enters this draw thinking they’re not actually going to win. Because half marathon in less than three months – LOL.
Uh yeah…so, I won…
Either the universe loves me or hates me. I’ll let you know if I work it out.

The coaching programme is with Love My Sport, which is owned and operated by pro runner, triathlete and the incredibly enthusiastic Chris Sanson.
The other day Chris was all like ‘I accidentally ran for 3 hours today lol’.
This is what I’m dealing with here. Absolute madness.
But how amazing to win such an epic prize!
It goes for nine weeks and comes with a range of fancy assessments, one-on-one coaching, a training plan, workshops, group runs and entry to the Manawatu Striders half marathon at the end of May. Oh, and a sweet cap, which I’ve been rocking all over town.

So here I am, halfway through my first week of coaching. I’m slow as hell, it’s painful and I’m tired. But I AM SO JOYFUL.
Sometimes it’s just really hard to push yourself to do things and having someone telling you what to do makes all the difference.
Unless we’re talking about my husband telling me to stop buying makeup, in which case ‘DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO’.
(lol classic husband joke)

Stay tuned for run progress!

What do you think?

  • Consider getting a GPS Watch. I just got one (Garmin Forerunner, second-hand), and set it to show ‘average pace’ in real time. Then I could see when I was slowing down.